In 2015, Soltherm instigated a programme aimed at the assessment of long-term performance and safety of External Wall Insulation (EWI). After the Grenfell Tragedy, the programme elements relating to the evaluation of fire risk were prioritised and intensified.
Soltherm have over 40 years of experience installing EWI systems across Europe. This experience has helped to develop significant knowledge and intelligence on how EWI systems perform.
Our extensive testing has found that:
During a fire, Dry Fix systems are a risk during the evacuation of buildings due to the plastic fixings melting and or failing, causing tonnes of unsupported render to fall on people exiting the property.
There is a reduced compartmentalisation of fire, enabling fire to spread quickly and dangerously
The systems are susceptible to vandalism due to the ease at which the systems can burn.
These systems have no effective fire barrier leading to fire sucking and stack effect leading to dynamic burning of insulation across the whole property.
Mass emissions of toxic gasses.
Soltherm does not allow the installation of Dry Fix systems in the way it has become so prevalent in the UK. The UK market is alone in recognizing this method of installation on such a large scale and in such environmental conditions.
If the Grenfell tragedy is to bring any positive effects and provoke the industry to take necessary and concrete repair actions, then a ban on using Dry Fix in retrofit renovation needs to be enforced.
All our products are manufactured at one of the most advanced production lines in Europe under the supervision of specialist technicians from the company laboratories, paints and ceramic products. The process is ISO certified and supervised by Global Quality.