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When it comes to Australia’s harsh temperatures, people will do everything they can to keep themselves warm in winter or cool in summer. If you have air-conditioning/heating systems, then you probably fear those months when the temperatures really kick-in. Not because of the temperatures, but because of the energy and costs associated with running those systems.

Yet there are ways in which energy usage can be reduced, which doesn’t necessarily involve using these systems sparingly, but more looks at how to keep cool in summer and warm in winter through better insulation. 

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The exterior of any home will weather the best and worst of what Mother Nature can throw at it. These forces can vary from minimal to destructive, which is why it is important to ensure the home is protected by inspecting and maintaining its exterior regularly. Aside from protection, regular inspections and maintenance will help confirm that performance requirements of the Building Code are being met.

If you are a residential builder, or a home owner, and are either considering using or have installed the Insulclad Rendered Wall System, here are some steps to consider in the continual maintenance of this exterior cladding system.

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Whether it’s for Christmas, a celebration, random gathering or you just want to improve your street appeal, sprucing up the home can sometimes seem like an overwhelming job. Even if they are just little jobs, they start to add up and eventually become so momentous, you kind of give up before you even start! 

So we thought we would give you a hand to focus your efforts and suggest three quick, easy and relatively cheap fix-ups that can make a world of difference to your home. 

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Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, there has been a lot of discussion around the use of cladding materials in building and construction. While this discussion is needed to ensure the industry is regulated and Australians are safe in their homes, some of this has also exacerbated the myth that polystyrene (EPS) cladding building systems are not fire safe. However, there are many different types of cladding on the market.

The material in question in the Grenfell disaster and the Melbourne Lacrosse building was aluminium sheeting bonded to a polyethylene core (PE). The use of polyethylene core (PE) has been linked to major building fires in other countries.

Architect and lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture at the University of Melbourne, Giorgio Marfella, recently reviewed what makes polyethylene (PE) so dangerous.

“Under severe fire conditions timber chars, concrete spalls, steel melts, glass breaks and plastics burn. But polyethylene, which is a plastic, behaves differently to most structural building materials. Polyethylene becomes fuel. It does not spall, break, fall or melt: it inflames and spreads fire. Tall building façades clad with panels where a thin veneer of aluminium is mounted on a polyethylene core (or “black core’), can potentially transfer a fire, very quickly from one floor to the next, with terrible consequences.”

Not to be confused with polyethylene (PE), the core material used in the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is polystyrene (EPS).
The polystyrene core used in the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System has a fire retardant component; which means if the panels are exposed to a small flame source, they will not sustain a flame.

Polystyrene does not add fuel to the fire.

The polystyrene used in the manufacture of Insulclad has been used in the building and construction industry for over 30 years. The polystyrene is fully warranted to have a fire-retardant additive polymerised into the raw material formulation.

Some local EPS manufacturers choose not to build this important safety feature into their products as it represents an additional cost at the point of manufacture, so it’s important to ask this question before making a purchasing decision.

The expanded polystyrene boards used in Insulclad have this feature built into the core of every polystyrene bead.

The polystyrene in the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is manufactured locally to stringent Australian building standards, and approved by BRANZ.

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When it comes to renovating your home or investment property, even if you set a budget the costs can easily creep up on you. And they are not necessarily the costs associated directly with the renovations. 

For example, when renovating an investment property, the numbers stack up quickly due to vacancy. Every month your investment is vacant it costs you 8.3% of your potential yearly revenue.

If you are renovating your family home, you are possibly paying expensive storage fees for furniture during this time, and possibly even rent as your whole home is being renovated. Any delays with your renovations mean these costs grow the longer you need to have them.

Also, a large percentage of the cost of renovations is eaten up through labour required to complete the job. Whether this accounts as the amount of trades required on-site, or the complexity of the job, the costs of labour can quickly consume your budget.

And with the rising prices of trades, your budget will only stretch so far.

According to trade sourcing website ServiceSeeking.com.au, who survey over 50,000 job quotes submitted through their site each quarter, building and renovation costs in NSW alone have risen 8% since fourth quarter 2016, to fourth quarter 2017 . While most of the budget can be consumed through external costs, it is all a flow-on effect from the time the renovation can take, as well as the amount of trades required to complete the job.

With the Insulclad Rendered Wall System, both time and labour do not need to be extensive. The Insulclad Rendered Wall System is a strong, durable and weather proof complete wall rendering system, with superior energy efficiency that can suit a variety of projects and budgets. In addition to this, Insulclad Rendered Wall Systems can be completed in half the time of similar renovation projects thanks to its innovative three step system where the entire outer skin of a building can be completed in as little as two days, starting from when the first panel (core or pre-mesh) is mounted, to when the finish has been applied and is drying.

Also, as the material for the Insulclad Rendered Wall System is light and easy to handle, less tradies and specialised components are required on-site to install the system, which means simplified project management.

For further information on how Insulclad can benefit your renovation project, fill out our online enquiry form here.

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When it comes to renovating or updating a home, most often decisions are driven by costs. However, when you base all of your decisions on cost, something has to be sacrificed, and usually it’s either quality or time, or both.

But what if nothing had to be sacrificed? What if you could have an affordable, high quality, fast solution that could give a home the facelift it needs to bring it in to the 21st century?

The Insulclad Rendered Wall System is a strong, durable and weather proof complete wall rendering system, with superior energy efficiency that can suit a variety of projects and budgets within tight timeframes.

So how can the Insulclad Rendered Wall System deliver on all of the above?

Well, when it comes to the time factor, the entire outer skin of a building can be completed in as little as two days, which starts from when the first panel (core or pre-mesh) is mounted, to when the finish has been applied and is drying.

How is this achieved? As the rendered wall system is comprised of a polystyrene insulated core, which is extremely lightweight, it does not require a platoon of tradies to install, one or two should be more than sufficient. Plus, less tradies on site, the more money you save so it’s a win win situation.

If you want more information on how the Insulclad Rendered Wall System can work for your renovation or extension call us on 1300 78 74 78 or send us an online enquiry.

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In light of recent overseas events, it is important for us to assure our customers of the fire safety of the Insulclad Rendered Wall System.

The Insulclad Rendered Wall System has a fire retardant component built into every panel; which means when the panels are exposed to a small flame source, they will shrink away from the naked flame.

The expanded polystyrene and render used in Insulclad are Australian made to stringent Australian building standards and approved by BRANZ.

Foamex have supplied polystyrene for insulation material to the building and construction industry for over 30 years, and fully warrants its product to have a fire-retardant additive polymerised into the Raw Material formulation.

Foamex has been a long-time member of EPSA, the peak body for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Australia and as such supports their recent media statement surrounding the materials used in the devastating Grenfell Tower building fire in the UK.

In the statement, EPSA alleviated the concerns that many people have had recently around EPS manufactured in Australia.

EPSA requires members to use flame retardant material in all expanded EPS products manufactured for the building industry.”

EPSA Statement
“There have been some media reports suggesting polyurethane, polystyrene and even polyester was used in connection with this tragic event. This is not the case. The manufacturer of the cladding used on the Grenfell Tower, Arconic has confirmed the product used was Reynobond PE and they have withdrawn this product from sale.
“Reynobond PE contains a polyethylene core between two aluminium sheets, which has limited fire retardant qualities.

“The polyethylene referred to in the reports bears no relationship to the EPS product manufactured by EPSA members.

“Further, EPSA requires members to use flame retardant material in all expanded EPS products manufactured for the building industry.”

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Whenever it comes to home renovations, there are three common elements that crosses them all:

  • Appeal
  • Cost
  • Value

If you are renovating, it could be because your home is outdated or looking a little worse-for-wear. Renovating is not only a great way to improve the comfort and style of your home, but also to add value to your home if you choose to sell in the near future.

But there are other kinds of value that renovating your home can add, beyond the tangible. 

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The findings from renovation and design platform Houzz show that more than half of Australian homeowners (56 per cent) took on a home renovation in 2015, with a similar portion (49 per cent) planning to do so in this year.


The main reasons for renovating versus buying a new ‘perfect’ home include the desire to remain in their current neighbourhood (33 per cent) or because it is more affordable (29 per cent).

The right renovations can help you transform a drab or ensure your home has a better chance to sell for more than you originally bought it for. [1]

Renovations that make homes greener – increasing efficiency, reducing energy bills and benefiting the environment – are becoming increasingly popular. By including smart, green upgrades, you can add significant appeal and value without spending a fortune.
By using the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System for exterior walls, you can create an energy efficient house that provides a significant reduction in the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.

Combining exterior cladding with superior insulation, the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System enables you to achieve higher Energy Efficiency Star Ratings requirements for insulation than traditional external wall systems, contributing to ongoing sustainable building practices.

The exceptional R-Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and the comfort level in your home. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is in stabilising the temperature within your home.

Insulclad's Rendered Wall Cladding System for external walls lets renovating homeowners achieve crucial Energy Ratings for insulation that will last the lifetime of the building – saving them in energy costs over the life of their newly renovated home.

If you’re looking to renovate and want to achieve long term energy efficiency, that the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System can deliver on all the benefits you are looking for. Download our brochure today.

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Planning rules in NSW have been amended to allow for studio-style apartments to be created above garages. Under the changes, these “Fonzie” flats are self-contained flats that can be sold separately to the primary residence.

The flats are named after the Fonz character in the hit TV series, Happy Days, who lived in a studio over the Cunningham family’s garage.

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The period between 1945 and 1960 was the great era of do-it-yourself housing construction in Australia. According to Sydney Living Museums, a shortfall in housing supply, exacerbated by the demobilisation of World War II servicemen and women and an increase in immigration, meant that building your own home was the only solution for many people. By 1952, it was estimated that half of the new houses in NSW were being built by their owners.

To help people to build their own homes, architectural plans were widely distributed in magazines and newspapers and issued as booklets by department stores and the architectural profession.

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Renovating homes for profit has long been the subject of many reality television shows, making us think you need to be a master at all things building and interior design to be of any success. However in reality, making smart choices on building products can go a long way to increasing your profit margin on sale day. The Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is a strong, durable and weather proof complete wall rendering system that is ideal for renovating a property for profit. And here’s why:

TIME IS MONEY
One of the keys to successfully renovating for profit is speed. Transforming the property quickly means you minimise hold costs and you are not exposed to unforeseen market downturns that can diminish profits.

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Energy efficiency and long term sustainability are not only good for the environment but also go a long way in saving you money by reducing your energy bills. Every degree hotter that your house gets in summer costs you in your power bills.

Even if you set the temperature of your air conditioner to the coldest it will allow during summer, in a poorly insulated house the aircon will battle to keep it as cool as you to feel.

Increasing the amount of insulation in in your home is key to being able to cool or heat your home effectively.

The Insulclad™ Rendered Wall Systems uses polystyrene at its core, creating an energy efficient building that provides a significant reduction in the energy needed to heat or cool your home.

The exceptional R-Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and comfort level in your home. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is in stabilising the temperature within your home.

Brick walls have a relatively poor R-Value and their high thermal mass takes considerable energy to bring them up or down to the desired temperature. In contrast, Insulclad™ polystyrene building materials have excellent thermal insulation properties.
Contact us today to see how we can help you beat the heat this summer, with a full Insulclad™ renovation or new build.

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A renovation is the perfect time to incorporate energy efficiency measures to your home, yet many keen home renovators are missing out on this critical opportunity to improve the comfort of their home and thus suffer renovation regret. In fact, a study by Sustainability Victoria has found that inadequate insulation is the number one regret amongst home renovators.

Most home owners considering renovations rate energy efficiency as important to them, however, during the planning and renovating process this seems to get lost - either by choice or by oversight. Less than 40% of renovators fit wall insulation to existing parts of the house that are being renovated; yet the removal of wall linings to add insulation is an opportunity that rarely presents.

Walls are one of the thermally weakest points of the home, so it’s important to improve their insulation levels to make your home more comfortable. Not planning for added insulation during a renovation is a lost opportunity for renovators to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

By using the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System for exterior walls, you can create an energy efficient house that provides a significant reduction in the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. Combining exterior cladding with superior insulation, the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System enables building projects to achieve higher Energy Efficiency Star Ratings requirements for insulation than traditional external wall systems, contributing to ongoing sustainable building practices.

The exceptional R-Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and the comfort level in your home. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is in stabilising the temperature within your home.

Insulclad's Rendered Wall Cladding System for external walls lets renovating homeowners achieve crucial Energy Ratings for insulation that will last the lifetime of the building – saving them in energy costs over the life of their newly renovated home.

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With new home building set to ease over the coming years, the home renovation market is looking to grow steadily. In fact, HIA Economics have forecasted a continued upward trend in home renovations over the next three years.

According to The Urban Developer, home renovation has a lot going for it at the moment: low interest rates, a strong pace of dwelling price growth in key areas, and healthy labour market conditions in the larger cities. Housing Industry Association figures have shown that close to $8.5 billion was spent on home alterations across NSW over the past year; that’s more than a $250 million jump on the value of projects in the previous year

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Curb appeal is a real estate term used to describe the wow factor and rush you feel when looking at a home for the first time. Real estate agents estimate that curb appeal adds valuable zeros to the value of your house – especially important for those looking to sell.
Here we compare three common exterior façades that are common across most Australian suburbs.

Age of the Weatherboard
In the 19th and early 20th centuries across Australia, weatherboard houses were a common sight, with a significant number of timber houses built with a weatherboard cladding exterior. While there are many neighbourhoods that feature a large amount of weatherboard homes representative of the charm of the past, most weatherboards need extensive renovation and insulation to make them a modern, energy efficient family home.

Red Bricker’s Rule
From the 1960’s, red brick homes were considered the gold standard of housing choice in Australia, with brick veneer considered stronger and more insulated than older fibro and weatherboard homes. Brick veneer homes are still a strong feature of the Australian suburban landscape, however, they are steadily being renovated and rendered to modernise their external style while still maintaining the strong bones of the house.

Rise of the Render
One of the easiest and fastest ways to boost the curb appeal of your property today is through rendering, which will deliver a contemporary and modern exterior style within mere days.

But looks aren’t everything. The energy efficiency of a home is now becoming a key factor for home buyers. An energy efficient home will not only save homeowners money in the long run, it makes a home more comfortable to live in.

As well as modernising your home by using the render in the colour of your choice, you can also add to the thermal insulation and comfort of the home by choosing the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System.

A UK 2013 report highlighted that energy efficient improvements can increase the value of your home by 38%. While this seems like a very high figure, houses that are more energy efficient are certainly easier to sell and often fetch higher prices.

The Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is the ideal material to turn your classic weatherboard or dated “red bricker” into a modern, rendered house design with layers of insulation; ultimately adding value to your home.

If your home is looking a bit dated, consider giving it a refresh and increasing your curb appeal with the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System.

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In 2014-15 financial year, Australians did $7.2 billion worth of renovations requiring approval, a figure which more than doubled since the year 2000. For many established home owners, the option to renovate and extend an existing dwelling is more appealing than selling and buying a larger house. This is for a range of reasons, including the cost of moving, being attached and settled in the area or the sometimes prohibitive cost of transfer and stamp duty.

Most Australian households are inefficient in how they use energy with a majority of houses built before minimum energy efficiency regulations were introduced. According to Sustainability Victoria, while homes built from 2005 onwards meet 5 and 6 Star standards, most housing stock is around 1.8 Stars1.

Therefore, the planning phase of your renovation is the best opportunity to improve thermal comfort, save money and add value to your home long term. For most homeowners2, energy efficiency is important to them when preparing to renovate, however, many renovators — either by choice or oversight — fail to use the renovation opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their existing home, losing money as well as affecting their health and comfort3.

Homes and buildings account for a major percentage of energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, so adding layers of insulation to your home during renovation is both beneficial for the environment and the household budget.

Combining exterior cladding with superior insulation, the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System enables building projects to achieve higher Energy Efficiency Star Ratings requirements for insulation than traditional external wall systems, contributing to ongoing sustainable building practices.

Building or renovating with the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System for exterior walls will create an energy-efficient building that provides a significant reduction in energy needed for heating and cooling.

The Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is a great way to update the look of your weatherboard home while adding layers of insulation or if you are extending upwards to add more space for your family.

Insulclad's Rendered Wall Cladding System for external walls assists builders to achieve crucial Energy Ratings for insulation that will last the lifetime of the building – saving residents and owners in energy costs over the life of the home.

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The Insulclad Rendered Wall System has for years demonstrated its value as an environmentally sound, cost effective and easy to use solution to many types of building applications.

But how does it stand up compared to other types of walls?

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Australia's granny flat boom shows no signs of abating, with Fairfax Media's Domain Guide estimating that up to 100 granny flats are being completed a week in our biggest cities alone!

This amazing market poses many challenges for builders in providing a competitive solution, in terms of costs and speed, to meets the needs of homeowners.

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The Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System is the ideal material to turn your classic weatherboard or dated “red bricker” into a modern, rendered house design with layers of insulation; ultimately adding value to your home.

By using the Insulclad™ Rendered Wall System for exterior walls, you can create an efficient house that provides a significant reduction in the energy needed for heating and cooling.

The exceptional R-Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and the comfort level in your home. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is in stabilising the temperature within your home.

As well as adding to the thermal insulation and comfort of the home, Insulclad can be rendered in the colour of your choice. So you can now turn your classic brick home into a new, improved and larger home, fully rendered in any colour and texture you wish using Insulclad polystyrene building materials.

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