INCA, the Insulated Render & Cladding Association, introduce their website with the following words on the advantages of insulated render and cladding systems:
"Whatever your building challenge, insulated render and cladding (i.r.c.) is likely to provide the best solution. Are you designing a prestigious new office development? - insulated render and cladding has architect-designed, prize-winning buildings to its credit."
"Or, in common with many local authorities, do you have run-down, custom built housing stock, either high or low rise, that is no longer weatherproof, or has severe condensation problems, with the estate subject to vandalism? Consult the experts before considering demolition - even unwanted communal areas, that put the residents at risk, can be designed out."
"The building can be weather proofed, thermally upgraded with cold bridging eliminated and the appearance transformed, so that residents take a pride in their 'new' homes. Disused buildings on brownfield sites can be converted, provided the structure is basically sound."
"Or, as a builder, do you need to construct starter homes quickly and cost effectively? Insulated render and cladding is a simple process that, added to concrete block or framed construction to form a solid wall, can go up faster than traditional building - yet still retain the traditional external appearance."
"Insulated render and cladding has many faces: it can match Georgian facades and other listed buildings in conservation areas. It is simply as flexible as required by the designer or specifier."
Further technical information is provided on the following aspects of i.r.c. systems:
- Description & usage
- Main system types
- Choosing an insulant or finish
- Beads, trims and fixings
In addition, INCA provides advice for the householder and maintains a list of approved installers as well as maintaining a register of approved systems.