Insulation Talk - April 2014
Welcome to our InsulationTalk e-bulletin. We hope you find our news informative and useful on keeping you up to date on our progress within product development and manufacturing as well as the latest news within the industry.
In this issue....
- Knauf Insulation's guide to Part L1A for England
- Knauf Insulation is named Manufacturer of the Year at the Building Awards
- New Party Wall Robust Detail EW-M-28
- John Sinfield appointed as Chairman of Construction Products Association
- An ECO home with help from Knauf Insulation
- Knauf Insulation in the mix for five awards
Knauf Insulation's guide to Part L1A for England
The new guide can be downloaded from our website here.
The guide will take you through and explain the changes made from Approved Document L1A 2010 and also the changes made to SAP 2012.
Knauf Insulation are encouraging housebuilders and developers to work closely with its Technical Support Team. You can call 01744 766 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that what is recommended is best suited to the developer’s needs and not just a compliance exercise.
For cost-effective, practical solutions that meet Part L1A, housebuilders should speak to Knauf Insulation’s Business Development team for full guidance.
We also present Part L – Zero Carbon: Ambition vs Reality, a free to attend live audio webinar on Thursday 1st May, 11am to 12pm (BST). This is your chance to hear about Part L including Future Proofing issues, what commercial decisions specifiers will need to make and how this feeds into a wider Zero Carbon future.
Knauf Insulation is named Manufacturer of the Year at the Building Awards
Knauf Insulation was among a variety of winners to shine through at the prestigious Building Awards ceremony, where we were rewarded for excellence and outstanding performance in the UK construction industry.
John Sinfield, Managing Director, commented: “Winning the award is a real testament to all the passion, dedication and hard work undertaken by everyone throughout the company.
“It has definitely been a very turbulent year for the UK insulation industry, in which many businesses have been buffeted by the political whims of government. In response we have taken a strong lead in innovatively communicating the industry’s concerns over Green Deal and ECO frameworks. There’s still a long way to go, but our message has always been for industry and Government to collaborate to re-frame the energy efficiency debate, so that the long-term vision still has some hope of being realised.
“This intense lobbying and campaign activity has inevitably led to a proactive approach to finding new innovative routes to grow the industry and installer network – something which I am very proud of.
“Despite an extremely challenging time in construction, the Building Awards ceremony has shown us that there is a wealth of expertise and innovation in our industry, along with an overwhelming and admirable passion to adapt and reinvent in times of adversity.”
New Party Wall Robust Detail EW-M-28
We are pleased to announce our new and unique Supafil® Party Wall Robust Detail E-WM-28 has been awarded Robust Detail status after undergoing a comprehensive test program.
E-WM-28 party wall is comprised of lightweight aggregate blocks and is finished with a gypsum-based board (nominal 8 kg/m2) on dabs, the cavity is fully filled with Supafil Party Wall and no parge coat is required.
The detail demonstrates compliance with SAP 2012 and allows a party wall to be assigned a U-value of zero.
Full details can be found on our website here.
John Sinfield appointed as Chairman of Construction Products Association
The CPA represents the UK’s manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials. The CPA acts as the voice of the construction products sector representing the industry-wide view of its members.
John Sinfield commented: “Given all the political uncertainty over the coming year, with regulatory doubt over energy security, costs, and carbon measures, we need manufacturing to be underpinned by a vibrant, long-term, cross-party industrial strategy which enables the UK to capture supply chain advantages for firms here in this country. I therefore look forward to leading efforts to help bring key players together to find a way forward on these matters.
“The Association is already undertaking a number of projects in support of the Industrial Strategy for Construction which are at the heart of these matters. One is a study of a long- term projection of construction output and an analysis of the current level of capacity for construction product manufacturing.
“There is a tremendous amount of very important work to be done which will have a very real impact on our businesses. However, we are well placed as the leading voice within our industry to help the wider construction and manufacturing communities to engage and work together.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Geoff Cooper, CEO of Travis Perkins, for his hardwork and dedication during his time as the CPA chairman and I look forward to continuing his success.”
More information on the CPA can be found by visiting their website.
An ECO home with help from Knauf Insulation
Knauf Insulation’s innovative ThermoShell®IWI system has been installed in a terraced cottage built in 1893, as part of a Green Deal project undertaken by one of Knauf Insulation’s approved installers, Energy Friend.
Colin Robinson, CEO of Energy Friend – a company that can provide homeowners, tenants, landlords and businesses with solutions and expertise to help bring down the cost of energy bills – assessed his own home under the Green Deal at the end of 2013 and began work on his property at the beginning of 2014.
“As a company that can provide Green Deal assessments, I wanted to try out the Government scheme before I actually recommended it to our customers. As my partner and I intend to stay in our house long-term, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to upgrade the energy efficiency of our property to make it more comfortable and affordable, as the energy bills have steadily been climbing and were becoming unaffordable, commented Colin.
“At Energy Friend, we understand the importance of upgrading the energy efficiency of a property by taking a fabric first approach, as this will ultimately reduce the amount of energy you need in the first place. By installing insulation we would save around £500 per year“.
The ThermoShell IWI system was specified for this project thanks to its excellent thermal conductivity, sustainable manufacturing process and 25-year guarantee.
Colin continued: “Along with the ThermoShell IWI system we decided to install Earthwool insulation products between the existing rafters in the roof and Polyfoam ECO Floorboard for the flooring.
Specifically designed for upgrading solid wall properties, the ThermoShell IWI system is BBA certified and provides the most effective solution to ‘whole house - low energy’ refurbishments, by delivering outstanding thermal performance and comfort through a very straightforward and easy to use installation process.
Colin concluded: “Thanks to Knauf Insulation’s products we were able to achieve a U-value of 0.30W/m2K on the walls of the property and although we had no time scale for this project, we managed to complete the whole house retrofit within eight weeks. However, as the ThermoShell IWI system is simple to install and can be fitted on a room-by-room basis, the insulation side of the retrofit only took a matter of days to complete.”
To view the My Eco Home blog please visit www.energyfriend.co.uk/my-eco-home
Knauf Insulation in the mix for five awards
We have been nominated in the Best Building Fabric Product category at the Housebuilder Product Awards. Knauf Insulation impressed the judges with an award entry on its high quality, non-combustible, blown-in glass mineral wool insulation, Supafil 34. The winners will be announced at the award’s ceremony lunch on Wednesday 2nd July, at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.
Secondly, Supafil CarbonPlus has been shortlisted in the Product of the Year category at the 2014 Greenbuild Awards. Celebrating truly sustainable buildings, the Greenbuild awards are judged by a panel of distinguished industry leaders. All winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on the 7th May at the Radisson in Manchester.
Thirdly, we have successfully made our way into the Hartlepool Business Awards shortlist, in the Manufacturer of the Year category for our manufacturing plant in Hartlepool. The judges were impressed with Knauf Insulation’s real commitment to sustainability and supporting the local community. The awards dinner will be held on the 15th May at Borough Hall in Hartlepool.
Finally, we have been named a finalist in the BusinessGreen Leader Awards in the Company of the Year category and within the Sustainability Executive of the Year category for the work completed by Steven Heath, our Director of Public Affairs and Strategy. The awards ceremony is taking place on the 2nd July in The Brewery, London