First European guideline sets uniform standards for ETICS
The European Association for ETICS (EAE) has achieved one of its most important goals since its foundation in 2008: at the Association’s General Meeting in London at the start of April, the first ever European Guideline for the Application of ETICS was presented to EAE members in the form of a “master guideline”.
The European Guideline for the Application of ETICS is entitled “quality with system“. EAE President Lothar Bombös commented: “It is a formulation of something that has been a guiding principle of ETICS in Europe from the very outset and is now being extended to cover the entire continent. Specifically it is all about the quality of planning, products and their application – in other words about stressing the importance of a seeing ETICS as a system.”
The EAE is convinced that if the quality criteria contained in the guideline are adhered to, ETICS can be demonstrated to have a potential lifetime of more than five decades – twice as long as current testing schedules are based on.
The European Guideline takes the form of a “master guideline” based on ETAG 004, and requires national regulations and requirements in individual countries to be taken into account. For this reason, the document leaves space for countries to add their own specific implementation regulations on each aspect of ETICS.
The European Guideline includes sections on existing (international) regulations, system structure, testing and preparation of the subsurface as well as details of the planning and application procedures. Tips on tools, a glossary and detailed illustrations are also included.
Over the next few weeks the entire document will have national application details added by the individual EAE member associations, before being translated and made available to the industry at national level.
EAE – the European Association for External thermal insulation composite systems – is a confederation of national ETICS associations at European level.
The purpose of the association is to promote the Europe-wide use of certified and tried and tested external thermal insulation composite systems in facades of old and new buildings.