Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is now offering an installer and surveyor training course for External Wall Insulation (EWI) after working with its official training partner PPL to secure a relationship with Bostik.

The training course is the first to allow both new and existing EWI installers to become approved Bostik Climatherm EWI installers and surveyors.

The qualification gives surveyors the confidence to identify which fixings are required, decide on key materials such as fire break materials around chimney areas, and produce a precise list of requirements. The course also covers the crucial stage of assessing properties prior to the installation of EWI, which is essential to ensure time is spent as efficiently as possible on site.

Ryan Hill from CP Plastering said: "I found the course really useful. I hadn't appreciated what went into the pre-assessment, and now feel equipped to properly plan and complete an External Wall insulation project."

Sarah Malleson, Assistant Service Manager at SBS, added: “This is another fantastic addition to the portfolio of services that SBS can offer the Travis Perkins Group customers, thanks to our partnership with PPL. The first courses were launched in April 2013 and quickly became fully booked. We are confident that this popularity will continue with the array of courses we continue to develop with PPL Training.”

There are numerous market opportunities for EWI as a key technology for improving the thermal efficiency of properties with solid walls. The UK has a commitment to retrofit millions of existing properties as 43% of all CO2 emissions in the country come from poorly insulated dwellings.

One of the key benefits of the Bostik EWI system is its flexibility. A range of insulating boards can be used and a variety of render finishes are available; from brick-effect to acrylic.

For further information regarding the Green Deal PAS 2030 accreditation, call SBS on 0800 688 8388 or email