Competition is heating up in the UK EIFS market, with Sweden-based Terraco Group EIFS products entering the UK.

Terraco Group, a global finishing materials manufacturer, has announced the launch of its innovative EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) into the UK market.

“The external wall insulation system has been developed, tried and tested and is proven to substantially reduce heating or cooling costs, as well as allow for the use of lower specification heating or cooling systems,” according to the company.

Terraco Group EIFS
Terraco says the exterior cladding material is ideal for use on renovation projects and new construction.

The energy-efficient thermal wrapping system includes insulation board, reinforcing glass fiber mesh and a decorative and protective coating system, the company says.

The Terracoat decorative finishes used are ready-mixed products that incorporate the latest technology in acrylic, silicone and elastomeric resins and are designed to outlast conventional paint systems, Terraco notes on its website.

System Usage, Benefits

Available in three systems (Terraco EIFS Alpha, Terraco EIFS Polar, Terraco EIFS Perma), the company recommends the systems for use on new buildings and renovation projects.

The systems are also recommended for use in both hot and cold climates, according to Phill Ferreira, business development manager at Terraco.

Based in Sweden, Terraco Group operates 32 companies, 18 factories and offers products to more than 75 countries. Its product portfolio includes EIFS, skim coats, repair products, performance coatings, tiling products, flooring, waterproofing products and more.




Orange Board® Insulated Cladding for Roofs and Walls

The RMAX Orange Board® System has been specifically designed as a complete system to provide architects, builders and specifiers with a fully compliant EIFS cladding system that can be specified with confidence.

Easy to install for residential, commercial and industrial applications

  • Offers thermal insulation and superior rendering surface for buildings
  • Odourless and non-irritant
  • Low water absorption, however, there are no vapour dams
  • Ideal for applications that require a high quality render finish combined with energy efficient thermal insulation

Fully compliant EIFS insulated cladding system
Insulated Cladding RMAX Orange Board™ meets all the requirements of the Building Codes of Australia (BCA) in regards to:

  • Class classification
  • Structural stability
  • Wind load
  • Weather proofing

RMAX Orange Board® is BAL Compliant
After extensive testing by EXOVA Warrington Fire, a NATA accredited testing authority, RMAX Orange Board® has been assessed as being BAL-29 compliant.

The BAL -29 rating covers increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux between 19 and 29kW per sqm.

After extensive testing by EXOVA Warrington Fire, a NATA accredited testing authority, RMAX Orange Board® has been assessed as being BAL-29 compliant.

The BAL -29 rating covers increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux between 19 and 29kW per sqm is a fully compliant, insulated cladding system suitable for all external and internal cladding applications. Orange Board™ is manufactured from RMAX Isolite®, a closed cell EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) material.

Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) Accreditation
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) has accredited the RMAX Orange Board® external polystyrene insulated cladding system as suitable for use as a wall cladding system in Class 1 and associated Class 10 buildings.

It is approved as an external cladding and wall insulation system. Building professionals can now install and recommend RMAX Orange Board® with absolute confidence.

RMAX is the first manufacturer to receive certification from BRAC for a plain, non pre-coated EPS panel system – another demonstration of RMAX innovation at work.

Building professionals can now install and recommend RMAX Orange Board® with absolute confidence.

Because of its flexibility, Orange Board® insulation panels opens up new design opportunities for architects and builders who seek to achieve the crucial five star energy rating, contributing to sustainable building practices.

Designed for all external building frames
RMAX Orange Board® is suitable for virtually all external building frames and provides a strong and secure surface when installed in accordance with Australian Building Code regulations and the RMAX Orange Board® Technical Manual.

RMAX Orange Board® is ideal where design versatility, high insulation and cost effectiveness are required.



Mar 232013

Building material provider Parex USA Inc. has rolled out new basecoats and adhesives for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.

The products—121 Cool Base and 121 Dry HI—”boast extreme coolness and unsurpassed strength,” the manufacturer said.

Features and Characteristics

121 Cool Base is a white EIFS basecoat and adhesive that is designed to produce a 30 percent cooler basecoat temperature than some other products. The product “results in less suction and hydration when a final finish is applied,” which speeds application and improves the finish coverage, Parex says.

Parex EIFS
Both products can be used as an adhesive, leveler or basecoat with Parex EIF Systems.

Parex calls 121 Dry HI a high-performance product designed for increased impact and puncture resistance. Parex recommends the product for ground floors and other areas where greater impact resistance is required.

The 121 Dry HI product also helps achieve higher ASTM/EIMA impact classifications, Parex reported. Users can achieve a “High” impact classification by using a single layer of intermediate mesh (12 oz.) embedded in 121 Dry HI, the company says.

Both one-component, polymer-modified, cement-based dry products are used as an adhesive to adhere EPS boards to existing substrates, a basecoat to embed reinforcing mesh, and a leveler in Parex EIF Systems.


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Proper scaffolding design and erection is a huge issue on construction sites, with some of the largest fines going to safety violations. Employers need to ensure that their stucco contractors are properly trained and certified to erect scaffolding – both for the worker safety and to avoid fines.

PATERSON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Paterson-based F&G Sons Contractors Inc., doing business as F&G Contractors Inc., with five repeat and one serious violation, including scaffolding and fall hazards, found at a Kinnelon work site. OSHA’s October 2012 investigation was initiated in response to an imminent danger complaint and resulted in $70,840 in penalties.

The repeat violations, with a $67,760 penalty, include an unsecured scaffold missing cross braces, exposing workers to scaffold collapse and failing to fully plank and provide guardrails or other means of fall protection on scaffolds. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in 2009 and 2010.

Because of the hazards and the violations cited, F&G has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. OSHA’s SVEP focuses on recalcitrant employers who endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer’s facilities if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations.

The serious violation, with a $3,080 penalty, was cited for failing to brace the bottom of a pump-jack scaffold that exposed workers to a scaffold collapse. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“F&G continues to put workers at risk by choosing not to implement safety measures that would prevent serious injuries to their workers,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to find and fix the hazard. OSHA will hold F&G accountable for failing to protect the safety of its workers.”

OSHA has created a Stop Falls Web page at with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.

F&G Contractors Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Parsippany, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Parsippany Area Office at 973-263-1003.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

More information at the OSHA website.

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