Insulation Talk - January 2014
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In this issue....
- Knauf Insulation sponsored UKGBC towards Green Deal 2.0 Conference
- Guinness South changing rooms with Knauf Insulation
- Cold Homes Week; Monday 3rd - Friday 7th February
- Knauf Insulation lends a hand to DIY SOS
- Technical support at your fingertips
- Energy consumption is cut at Knauf Insulation offices in Cwmbran
Knauf Insulation sponsored UKGBC towards Green Deal 2.0 Conference
Knauf Insulation was pleased to sponsor the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) conference, Towards Green Deal 2.0, in London - one year on from the launch of the Government’s Green Deal and ECO schemes.
The half-day conference brought together Government and industry representatives across the supply chain, including Knauf Insulation’s Managing Director, John Sinfield - exploring how the lessons learned so far can be used as a springboard for the retrofit industry.
John commented: “I was asked to the conference to talk about the impact of transition of Green Deal and ECO on the industry. Quarter one of 2013 was good and still had a good level of activity, as energy companies completed mitigation action from the CERT and CESP schemes. However, from quarter two onwards there was a massive drop in activity for all fabric measures - not only for loft and cavity wall installations, but for solid wall as well. Remember, that these are the solid wall installations that were due to be driven by Green Deal and ECO, taking the place of loft and cavity measures and driving the investment in jobs!
“In regards to ECO, I find it perverse that the recent political move to reduce the targets for solid wall properties will emasculate the only programme that is delivering long-term cuts in energy bills, not just in one year but for every year the homeowner is in the property.”
Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change also joined the conference and delivered keynote addresses.
Following on from the conference, John has written a blog ‘The Green Deal – Twelve Months which you can view here. You can watch John’s speech at the conference by clicking the image below.
Knauf Insulation's changing rooms
London based housing association, Guinness South – part of The Guinness Partnership, embarked on an ambitious energy refurbishment program across 80 of its Victorian street properties to improve the thermal performance, using Knauf Insulation’s ThermoShell® Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) system.
Guinness South needed a supplier who was technically robust enough to support the project, from delivery and installation, through to technical support and system flexibility. Knauf Insulation gave the comfort and reassurance that the system was proven to work and had the technical expertise to support.
Knauf Insulation’s ThermoShell IWI system was perfect for this project as it is specifically designed for upgrading solid wall properties. It 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.
It incorporates Earthwool® EcoBatts, high performance, water repellent glass mineral wool slabs, that are friction fitted between EcoStuds. The EcoStuds eliminate the thermal bridging issue associated with traditional systems incorporating timber and metal studs. The extruded polystyrene content (XPS) of EcoStuds provide a high level of thermal and moisture resistance, as well as offering a high level of compressive strength.
Rolston Dennis, Planned Maintenance Surveyor for Guinness South said “Overall, Knauf Insulation’s expert technical support and accredited products give us great confidence that our customers will be able to benefit from warmer homes, for years to come and ultimately have lower energy bills.
Read the full case study on housing association Guinness South, part of The Guinness Partnership.
Cold Homes Week; Monday 3rd - Friday 7th February
To raise awareness about the suffering of the fuel poor, a dedicated week of activity has been planned.
Cold Homes Week starts Monday 3rd to Friday 7th February. 30,000 people died of the cold last winter and millions have to make the choice between heating and eating due to high energy bills.
The only permanent solution is to make UK homes super energy efficient. The Energy Bill Revolution is calling on the Government to use carbon tax to super-insulate UK homes.
See how you can get involved;
- The Great British Knit Off
Scarves are the symbol of Cold Homes Week. People are knitting scarves to give to their MPs to encourage them to take action on fuel poverty.
- The Big Tweet
Supporters to send out one tweet on Monday 3rd February at 9am using the #ColdHomesWeek hashtag
A thunderclap has been set up as a further way to be involved in the Big Tweet. Tweets and Facebook posts are held and collectively they will be released at the same time.
- Mass MP Email
Thousands of emails will be sent to local MPs calling on them to bring down winter deaths and end fuel poverty.
- Selfie in a Scarf
The Energy Bill Revolution are asking the public to show their support by tweeting pictures of themselves in scarves using #ColdHomesWeek hashtag.
- Public Meetings
The Energy Bill Revolution are holding major public meetings in London, Leeds, Manchester, Doncaster and Liverpool to discuss the energy bill and fuel poverty crisis and are inviting you to come along.
With your support for these actions, Cold Homes Week will be a success, and the campaign to eliminate fuel poverty will move closer to being achieved.
Further information regarding the Energy Bill Revolution and Cold Homes Week can be found at http://www.energybillrevolution.org/
Knauf Insulation lends a hand to DIY SOS
Knauf Insulation has recently donated 210m2 of its Earthwool® loft roll insulation, with help from leading interior building products distributor CCF, to the BBC’s hit TV programme DIY SOS, to provide new fit for purpose premises for registered charity Little Miracles.
Little Miracles is a parent led support group and charity for families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions in Peterborough. After out-growing its small semi-industrial space where it held daily sessions for families to chat, play, socialise and engage in activities, Little Miracles was gifted with a two and half acre site which included a 1970’s prefab building, which was unfortunately not suitable for the charity. DIY SOS stepped in to demolish the building and built an entirely new centre, which includes full wheelchair access, a dedicated sensory room, space for counselling, kitchen facilities and more.
The programme’s production team approached Knauf Insulation for support and the manufacturer was happy to donate its Earthwool Loft Roll, which was supplied by leading distributor CCF, to help improve the thermal and acoustic performance of the building.
Technical Support at your fingertips
Our Technical Support Team (TST) provides personal, high level technical support. This includes U-value calculations, condensation analysis and assistance with CAD drawings and NBS clauses from our experienced team of advisors and more.
- U-value calculations and the BBA/TIMSA Competency Scheme
Knauf Insulation is a fully accredited member of the prestigious and industry leading British Board of Agrément (BBA) U-value and Condensation Calculation Competency Scheme. As a result, Knauf Insulation customers can be assured that the U-value and condensation calculations supplied to them are in line with all relevant industry standards, accurate and consistent, and there is a clear and comprehensive audit trail in place.
- Numerical modelling calculation service
The team can provide 3D finite element heat loss calculations to fully comply with Building Regulations Part L.
- SAP calculation service
Knauf Insulation's accredited SAP assessors are able to help specifiers and developers to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.
- WUFI Hygrothermal Modelling
Our technical experts are also able to provide advice on the hygrothermal performance of construction elements, systems and solutions to ensure that Knauf Insulation application solutions do not reduce the efficiency of the building fabric or shorten the lifetime performance of the building.
To hear more about what technical support Knauf Insulation can offer you, click below to view the Business Channel interview with our Technical Development Manager Stephen Wise.
Knauf Insulation cuts energy consumption at its offices in Cwmbran by more than two thirds
As part of our commitment to greener working practices, Knauf Insulation has slashed gas consumption at the offices of its manufacturing facility in Cwmbran, Wales by more than two thirds, saving 74 tonnes of carbon in one year.
The annual energy consumption in the office buildings has plummeted from 574,560kWh to 186,960kWh, reducing the offices’ heating bills by 67 per cent.
Data shows that carbon emissions from the offices have similarly dropped, falling from 109 to 35 tonnes per year – savings that far outstrip the original estimate of 40 per cent.
The savings have been achieved thanks to the introduction of two Remeha Quinta Eco Plus 115 passive flue gas heat recovery heating systems, as well as improved heating controls such as thermostats, timers and zone valves.
The move is part of a wider commitment to improving sustainability, which has also seen us achieve zero waste to landfill at Cwmbran, as well as its three other UK production sites.
Oleksandr Prykhodko, Plant Manager at the Cwmbran facility, commented: “Minimising our environmental impact is a central focus of our sustainability strategy, so reducing the energy we use and the waste that is generated at our production plants is a key aspect of this. We are really pleased with the progress we have made at Cwmbran and look forward to improving this even further over the next 12 months.”