Insulation Talk - February 2014
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In this issue....
- Knauf Insulation joins the Sustainable Energy Association
- Party Wall Slab Robust Details
- Knauf Insulation and Roofspace - Outstanding performance
- Knauf Insulation shortlisted at Building Awards
- Acoustics and Flat Roofs
- Round up of the Energy Bill Revolution's Cold Homes Week
Knauf Insulation joins the Sustainable Energy Association to promote energy efficiency solutions
As Knauf Insulation is one of the leading providers of energy efficiency measures and building products in the UK and across Europe, it has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy efficiency and low carbon sector.
John Sinfield, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation commented: “We welcome the opportunity to be proactively involved in the development of this new trade association. The Government is missing the economic opportunity that an integrated approach to building energy requirements provides, combining energy efficiency measures with onsite low carbon technologies. The Sustainable Energy Association has a vital role to play in shaping this agenda.”
Knauf Insulation will provide the Sustainable Energy Association with the knowledge and understanding to help produce a properly researched approach to industry’s integration of Government Policy across departments, to promote energy efficiency and self-production of low carbon energy.
Dave Snowden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association commented: “We are delighted to welcome Knauf Insulation to the top table of the Sustainable Energy Association. The addition of another key player in the energy efficiency and building materials market to our Executive Committee further strengthens the signal to Government that the demand side has a great deal to offer in reducing energy bills, relieving fuel poverty, enhancing energy security, and taking us more quickly to a low carbon future.
New Party Wall Robust Detail from Knauf Insulation
We are pleased to announce our new Party Wall Slab Robust Detail E-WM-22 has been awarded Robust Detail status after undergoing a comprehensive test program.
E-WM-22 is comprised of lightweight aggregate blocks to the internal leaf and is finished with a gypsum-based board (nominal 10 kg/m2) on dabs, the cavity is fully filled with 100mm Party Wall Slab 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.
Knauf Insulation and RoofSpace - Outstanding performance
Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool insulation has been installed as part of RoofSpace Solution’s award winning RoofSpace I-Roof™ System, at Derwenthorpe Village in York. The innovative solution achieved a U-value of 0.15 W/m2K and contributed to meeting Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Located in North Yorkshire, the new low carbon housing community consisting of more than 420 homes over several phases is set to be a model for the future and has been created with sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment as the main construction focus.
Patrick Wilson from RoofSpace Solutions commented: “Thanks to our partnership with Knauf Insulation, our RoofSpace I-Roof™ System provided the integrity and thermal performance required to meet the project’s high energy efficiency targets.”
“Using Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool products within our system means that we can exceed current Building Regulations standards, enhance our customer offering and have the confidence that the system as a whole can perform to high standards at all times. The RoofSpace I-Roof™ system also benefits from additional environmental benefits, as all of Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool products are manufactured using the revolutionary formaldehyde-free ECOSE® Technology.”
Knauf Insulation shortlisted at the Building Awards
The prestigious Building Awards is dedicated to rewarding outstanding performance in the UK construction industry and Knauf Insulation has impressed the judges with its award entry to become one of only six companies shortlisted in this difficult category.
The winners will be announced on the 2nd April at the ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London – good luck to all companies shortlisted!
You can visit the Building Awards website to view a list of the 2014 finalists.
Acoustic insulation for profiled metal deck flat roofs
The main issue for buildings with lightweight flat roofs is to limit the noise from rainfall being radiated through the construction into the spaces below. The problem is most serious for roofs where the profiled metal sheets are used as the structural deck.
Given that the impact noise from rainfall on a lightweight roof can create an indoor ambient noise level of 70dB, it is often necessary to provide some attenuation of the impact noises from rainfall within the flat roof element. This can be done by adding additional mass and by incorporating acoustically absorbent insulation.
You can read the rest of this entry by visiting Knauf Insulation’s Wordpress blog Built on Performance.
Cold Homes Week Round Up
Knauf Insulation supported Cold Homes Week, a public campaign to end fuel poverty, which took place between 3rd to 7th February. The week, organised by the Energy Bill Revolution – an alliance of 170 major charities, businesses and unions, of which Knauf Insulation is a member – aims to raise awareness about fuel poverty and urges politicians to help make UK homes more energy efficient.
The Cold Homes Week of Action was a huge success. The highlights included;
- Over 2.5 million people heard about Cold Homes Week across social media
- 242 MPs are now supporting the campaign
- Almost 100 MPs attended a very successful Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons
- Over 5,000 emails have been pouring into MPs inboxes. MPs have also received campaign scarves from the Energy Bill Revolution
- Thousands of people have been taking action; from visiting their MP in person to placing scarves on statues across the UK
Friday 14th February was also Burning Cash Day. The day when millions of the worst insulated homes in the UK start to burn cash, wasting over £600 / year. You can find a report regarding Burning Cash Day on the Energy Bill Revolution website.
Further information regarding the Energy Bill Revolution and Cold Homes Week can be found at http://www.energybillrevolution.org/