External thermal insulation provides us with a comfortable internal temperature throughout the year by reducing the heat transfer through the building envelope. During winter the external thermal insulation limits the flow of heat from inside the building to the outside, and during summer it blocks the warm outside air from entering the building. To achieve the best results from the external thermal insulation, it is compulsory to select the correct building materials and to ensure their correct application by certified workshops.
External Insulation Systems
An External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) is a multi-component system, certified by the European Guideline ETAG 004. The various components have specific properties that should be installed sequentially to the external walls. The correct combination of materials and their correct connection to the adjacent structures is compulsory for an external insulation system to be effective.
Certified ETICS implemented correctly, ensure the following essential characteristics for at least 20 years:
- Thermal insulation
- Mechanical Strength
ETICS should also meet the minimum requirements for fire safety.
How do you achieve the perfect External Insulation?
K-Energy Ltd, a member of the Karantonis Group, provides you with the latest ETICS available in the market with certifications directly from the manufacturer! With the installation of the ETICS, guarantees are provided for the materials, their correct application and consequently the excellent thermal insulation of your building.
Advantages of External Thermal Insulation Systems
The thermal insulating material found on the outer layer of an ETICS delays the heat transfer through the building envelope. Acting like a heat accumulator, it absorbs heat from outside in summer hence not reaching the inside of the building and in winter it minimises the heat escaping from inside the building. Further, ETICS ensures that the building is breathable. It resists water penetration but is water vapour permeable allowing the vapour to be released externally. ETICS also assists in eliminating thermal bridges and prevent the formation of mould. There are various finishing coatings to ensure an aesthetically pleasing external appearance, whilst achieving a high moisture resistance and excellent transpiration.
The benefits of using external thermal insulation composite systems are:
- Energy savings: Reduced heating and cooling costs.
- Improved comfort: Increased thermal comfort for occupants.
- Internal space saving: The insulation is applied on the external wall rather than the interior one. Further, if installed on existing facades, there is no disruption to the internal space as it is installed on the outside.
- Aesthetically pleasing: High variety of finishes.
- Ease of application: Suitable for application on new and existing buildings. An easy solution for the energetic upgrade of existing buildings. The cost also to install it in new buildings is low as it uses less materials and minimizes the construction time.
For the effective installation of ETICS, the correct choice of materials and systems should be considered in addition to following the manufacturer’s specifications as set out in the Terms and Conditions accompanying their warranties. K-Energy, one of the few certified implementers of thermal systems in Cyprus, in collaboration with your architect, engineering consultant and building contractor can assist you with installing an External Thermal Insulation System. K-Energy guarantees the procurement of the materials as well as the application of the system by the most reliable manufacturers of External Thermal Insulation Systems.
For further information and guidance on installing ETICS, call us on 22-311234.