ETICS is the abbreviation for External Thermal Insulation Composite System. ETICS can be used to improve the energy effciency of both new and existing buildings. A comprehensive range is available to meet the various demands of building structure and architecture. ETICS are a kit in the sense of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) consisting of certain (specified) prefabricated components being applied directly to the façade onsite. Which configuration of system components is required for specific projects depends on system holder’s installation manuals and national regulation.

Typical system components are:

  1. Adhesive
  2. Thermal insulation material
  3. Anchors
  4. Base coat
  5. Reinforcement, usually glass fibre mesh
  6. Finishing layer: finishing coat with a key coat (optional) and/or a decorative coat (optional)
  7. Accessories, e.g. fabricated corner beads, connection and edge profiles, expansion joint profiles, base profiles, etc.

The quality and durability of ETICS depends on the careful choice of system components. This composition is done by system holders. They take care that components perfectly fit together. Each system placed on and sold to the market by the system holder is intensely tested regarding its essential characteristics. Regarding to the CPR, all suppliers (system suppliers and/or dealers) are obliged to supply complete ETICS. ETICS require a European Technical Approval (ETA).