West Lothian (Livingston)

West Lothian (Livingston)

Upon first glance, the Livingston energy upgrade project delivered by MP Rendering on behalf of West Lothian Council, may appear to be a relatively standard community-wide efficiency overhaul delivered to PAS 2030: 2017 standards. However, first impressions can be very misleading. Outwardly the finished Soltherm system appears to be a regular dash finish system with an EPS core. However, the BBA approved Soltherm Ultimate Fire Safe Composite Dash System installed at Livingston is far from a standard system, and the EPS core is even further from the typical graphite insulation panel installed across thousands of properties nationwide in recent years.

West Lothian specified Soltherm FSC Dash as it is an EPS system tested to BS-8414-1 that uniquely offers comparable fire performance to mineral fibre. Whilst future-proofing the fire standards, FSC was recognised as the most cost-effective method of achieving improved fire safety. What’s more, the system has been applauded by OFGEM and consequently awarded the ECO innovation score uplift (+ 30% carbon credit) giving West Lothian budgetary scope to improve 20% more properties than originally planned. Ultimate FSC adopts two unique technologies that when used in combination with dual fixing (stainless steel mechanical anchors and A1 rated adhesive), prohibits the spread of flame, reduces combustibility and most importantly protects the occupant(s).

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A1 Fire Rated Compartmentalisation

A1 rated fire barriers that generate fire safe partitions are fused within the hybrid EPS insulation panel. These barriers prevent direct spread of flame through the systems core, lower thermal inertia and restrict smelted polystyrene reaching the source and fuelling the fire.

Innovative window & door head fire barriers

A modified mineral wool fire-barrier is installed above all window and door heads. Using enhanced A1 fibre technology, the bespoke barriers act as a secondary medium and tertiary defence against the spread of flame through apertures. Restricting apertural spread can create valuable minutes for the occupants to escape in the event of a fire.

Over 25,000M2 of Ultimate FSC has been installed to date across Livingston. The properties treated are either 2 bedroom sheltered bungalows or 3 bed houses. The project is scheduled to continue throughout ECO 4 with more and more occupants benefitting from not only FSC’s best-in class fire-safety but also a U-value of 0.28W/mK. Averaging an ambient annual temperature of only 7.4 degC, Livingston is recognised as being on Scotland’s Central Eastern “cold belt”. However, occupants have reported not only a significant reduction in fuel bills, but a notably improvement in comfort and health.

West Lothian are delighted with the results and excited to be using this trailblazing technology. Mr Cunningham of West Lothian Council commented “Specifying Soltherm FSC Dash has been a revelation. Not only can we confidently advise our occupants that there home is fire safe for the future, but we have been able to bring the benefit to more people than we could have hoped thanks for the ECO uplift”

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West Lothian (Livingston)


Premium FSC Dash, BBA 18/5557 PS3




Social Housing


No fines concrete. 0.30 U Value



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