Critical Friend Support (CFS) Services

Critical Friend Support (CFS) Services2021-12-03T09:04:02+00:00

I-CAN “Critical Friend Support (CFS) Services” have been designed specifically to assist Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Private Landlords to identify appropriate insulation measures to improve the thermal performance of their housing stock.

Well-designed external wall insulation (EWI) cladding systems incorporating suitable insulation and well formulated protective render and masonry coatings when specified and installed correctly can overcome damp and cold homes, reduce mould problems, result in lower energy bills and warm cosy homes, and approve the appearance of homes for many years to come. However, all three elements (design, specification and installation) must come together at the same time and should be subject to independent third-party impartial technical monitoring by suitably qualified and experienced staff in all aspects of EWI procedures and requirements if the benefits are to be realised.

Our expert chartered building engineer staff have over 30 years of experience in external wall insulation (EWI) and cavity wall Insulation (CWI).

Our CFS Services aim is to help ensure that only appropriate insulation measures are installed and delivered to high quality and our service offer includes but is not limited to:

  1. Review of proposed specification
  2. Review of house type(s) and existing house condition surveys
  3. Review of existing system Certification, Approvals, etc to determine suitability of proposed EWI or CWI system
  4. Review of Appropriate System Guarantee
  5. Review of engineer’s existing test data
  6. Review of System Designers’ pre-installation survey reports
  7. Review of Approved Installer’s Approval and training of operatives
  8. Review of system maintenance requirements
  9. Visits to existing reference sites to assess installer’s quality of installation and long-term system performance in use
  10. On-site technical monitoring of installation of Solid external wall insulation (EWI)
  11. Monitoring of materials on site for compliance with specification
  12. Monitoring of material storage on site
  13. Monitoring of issue of Building Control Notices
  14. Provision of timely reports

I-CAN “Critical Friend Support (CFS) Services” have been designed specifically to assist Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Private Landlords to identify appropriate insulation measures to improve the thermal performance of their housing stock.

Well-designed external wall insulation (EWI) cladding systems incorporating suitable insulation and well formulated protective render and masonry coatings when specified and installed correctly can overcome damp and cold homes, reduce mould problems, result in lower energy bills and warm cosy homes, and approve the appearance of homes for many years to come. However, all three elements (design, specification and installation) must come together at the same time and should be subject to independent third-party impartial technical monitoring by suitably qualified and experienced staff in all aspects of EWI procedures and requirements if the benefits are to be realised.

Our expert chartered building engineer staff have over 30 years of experience in external wall insulation (EWI) and cavity wall Insulation (CWI).

Our CFS Services aim is to help ensure that only appropriate insulation measures are installed and delivered to high quality and our service offer includes but is not limited to:

  1. Review of proposed specification
  2. Review of house type(s) and existing house condition surveys
  3. Review of existing system Certification, Approvals, etc to determine suitability of proposed EWI or CWI system
  4. Review of Appropriate System Guarantee
  5. Review of engineer’s existing test data
  6. Review of System Designers’ pre-installation survey reports
  7. Review of Approved Installer’s Approval and training of operatives
  8. Review of system maintenance requirements
  9. Visits to existing reference sites to assess installer’s quality of installation and long-term system performance in use
  10. On-site technical monitoring of installation of Solid external wall insulation (EWI)
  11. Monitoring of materials on site for compliance with specification
  12. Monitoring of material storage on site
  13. Monitoring of issue of Building Control Notices
  14. Provision of timely reports

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