INCA's Knowledge Hub
These are exciting times for INCA, the Insulated Render and Cladding Association, the trade association solely focused upon external wall insulation (EWI), a cladding form used in both refurbishment and new build sectors. The market for EWI is seeing a healthy growth, membership of INCA is flourishing and in its 40th year, the association is now launching a new brand image as well as a refreshed website with informative content for members and any professionals associated with cladding systems.
Within the public sector, INCA provides a valuable service to building professionals through the supply of essential information and guidance and a directory of members able to tackle residential and commercial buildings in need of fabric improvements in their energy efficiency. Through the use of high performing insulation and a range of facade finishes, low, mid and high rise buildings can be improved beyond recognition. INCA is an association representing specialists of all sizes with a track record of professional knowledge and experience.
A visit to INCA’s website www.inca-ltd.org.uk will provide a useful introduction to the technology employed by EWI system designers. The process of building a project specific specification is explained and the various materials that make up systems such as insulation type, specialist mortars and relevant accessories are helpfully explained. For more detailed guidance and assistance, the Knowledge Hub contains free-to-access INCA documents including a Best Practice Guide to External Wall Insulation and the recently revised Fire Performance Requirements for EWI systems. The directory of members enables the visitor to select a particular system designer or installer to contact to take a project further.
EWI systems have a significant visual impact upon the buildings upon which they are used and the INCA website has an impressive gallery of completed schemes from all market sectors from low rise housing refurbishment to large commercial schemes. Most schemes have been identified and selected from winning entries in INCA’s annual awards, and it is intended that the range of projects in the galleries provide inspiration to designers looking for safe, affordable and visually appealing facades.