An external wall insulation system from SPSenvirowall, a leading UK supplier of external wall insulation systems to the construction industry, has prevented a fire from spreading from a homeowner’s driveway into his home.

In November 2018, Mr Jones was charging his electric scooter on his carport when the charger caused the scooter’s lithium-ion battery to catch fire and burn at over 1,200 degrees Celsius.

The fire quickly spread to the bike and unfortunately spread to Mr Jones’ caravan which was parked nearby and next to the house. Fortunately, in 2013, Mr Jones had taken part in Derby Council’s energy efficiency scheme and opted to have his 1930’s semi-detached home insulated using SPSenvirowall’s EWI system.

Thankfully, due to the phenolic insulation that had been installed, the fire had nowhere else to go. The insulation supplied by SPSenvirowall protected the property and prevented the heat from penetrating the house.

While the external wall insulation and render will need to be taken off the property, no damage has been done to the house and the brickwork beneath it was left untouched.

Mr Jones is now waiting for the EWI to be removed so that the gas and electrics can be replaced and he is able to move back into his home.

About Phenolic Insulation

Phenolic is classified as Euroclass B-s1, d0 in accordance with the BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 for its surface spread of flame when used in conjunction with SPSenvirowall render and brick coatings.

Phenolic insulation can be used up to 18m in height in an external wall application, in accordance with part B4 of the building regulations for England and Wales and Technical Handbook 2 for Scotland.

Phenolic is a closed cell insulant and is difficult to ignite and tends not to support combustion once flame source is removed through its ability to char.