Case Study - Baumit's High-Performance EWI System Gives Ageing Farmhouse the ‘Star’ Treatment

Baumit supplied the high-performance, impact and weather-resistant External Wall Insulation to help preserve a remote, century-old farmhouse.

 

The Farmhouse, Lincolnshire

Location:  Grasby, Lincolnshire
Completion Date: November 2017
Main Contractor: RamEco Ltd
   
Baumit Product:  Baumit StarSystem EPS EWI System
Baumit SilikonTop Render 

 

Pink cottage front view  Pink Cottage, rear view

Baumit supplied the high-performance, impact and weather-resistant External Wall Insulation to help preserve a remote, century-old farmhouse. The farmhouse, built in the late 19th century, is located on one of the highest points in north-east Lincolnshire.

Its exposed location means the aged, two-storey building is susceptible to the most extreme elements. Comprising non-cavity, solid walls; the detached property was unsuitable for traditional insulation as a protectant against cold and damp. Hence its owners opted for Baumit’s StarSystem EPS, a flexible, elastic, impact-resistant reinforcing mortar which remains attached to a building’s façade regardless of the climatic challenge.

EWI installation work, carried out by contractors, RamEco, began at the four-bedroom farmhouse in November 2017. Its owners required the property’s main body to perform to building regulation U-value levels. To achieve this, Baumit StarTherm 032 insulation board was applied to the façade, followed by Baumit StarContact White, an easy-apply, vapour permeable adhesive and basecoat reinforcing mortar. This was finished with Baumit SilikonTop, an elastic topcoat render manufactured to the client’s precise pale pink colour requirement.

Liz Ramella, Director at RamEco, said:

“The Baumit StarSystem was chosen for the farmhouse
project because of its proven quality. The property’s
exposed location required a premium product to guarantee
the installation’s long-term performance inside and out.
The StarSystem succeeded on both counts.”


Despite the inclement conditions encountered by contractors, the simple-apply qualities ofBaumit’s StarSystem EPS meant it was installed in just two weeks, to the complete satisfaction of the property’s owners. Their beloved farmhouse has been treated to a stunning exterior makeover that has restored its weather-worn façade, helping improve the building’s thermal performance for the occupants’ long-term comfort and wellbeing.