Insulation Talk - July 2013
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In this issue....
- Supafil CarbonPlus now BBA Approved for Existing Partially Filled Masonry Cavity Walls
- Extending Technical Insulation Solutions
- Celebrating Innovation and Success With ECOSE® Technology
- Knauf Insulation Is Ready for the Construction Products Regulation
- 25 Years at Hartlepool
- Wrapping up Marks & Spencer in Cheshire Oaks
Supafil CarbonPlus Now BBA Approved For Existing Partially Filled Masonry Cavity Walls
Building on the existing range of applications for its Supafil blown-in glass mineral wool products, Knauf Insulation’s Supafil CarbonPlus has received British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification for filling residual cavities in existing partially filled masonry cavity walls.
The BBA approval means that one solution can now be used to treat multiple types of hard-to-treat properties, including existing masonry cavity walls with built-in partial fill insulation. Supafil CarbonPlus can be used in a variety of partial fill constructions such as those incorporating polystyrene backed blocks, as well as EPS, XPS, PIR and phenolic foam boards. The minimum residual cavity must be no less than 40mm.
Although many partially filled properties are designed to have a 50mm residual cavity, this is often not the case in practice and the vast majority end up with a narrower residual cavity. Therefore it is essential that an appropriate and correctly certified solution is used in these instances.
Supafil CarbonPlus has been specifically designed for installation into narrow cavities below 50mm and has undergone rigorous testing with the BBA to prove its suitability for this application.
Dave Khan, Technical Marketing Manager at Knauf Insulation comments: “We are committed to supplying high quality products that are fully backed by third party testing and accreditations. Our Supafil range already delivers proven benefits to contractors and specifiers alike and this new BBA certification further strengthens the range’s appeal. What’s more, it enables contractors to secure Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) hard-to-treat guarantees for the work they carry out, as well as accessing funding via the Energy Company Obligation.”
The Supafil CarbonPlus system consists of a high performance Supafil product and a specially designed installation kit. The product is not restricted by temperature, enabling installers to install it all year round and it is compression packed to increase the amount of material that can be loaded onto each vehicle. Additionally, installers and contractors can use existing blowing wool machinery to install the product.
Find out more about Supafil CarbonPlus for partially filled masonry cavity walls.
Extending Technical Insulation Solutions
Knauf Insulation is pleased to announce the introduction of an extended range of Technical Insulation solutions, available from August 2013. Building on our existing Technical Insulation and fire protection materials we have extended our portfolio to include a wider choice for industrial and HVAC applications.
This new portfolio includes two ranges of pre-formed rock mineral wool pipe sections for both industrial and HVAC pipework. The sections are non-combustible achieving the highest fire rating and slit on one side for easy application to pipes. Perfect for applications such as chemical plants, industrial facilities and heating pipework.
The Wired Mat range has also been updated and extended to include products withstanding temperatures from up to 680 degrees C. These products are supplied with galvanized steel mesh and stitched with galvanized steel wire. The mesh makes the Wired Mat a firm, but flexible insulation mattress able to withstand high continuous operating temperatures. Knauf Insulation’s Wired Mat products are easy and safe to handle. The packaging around each roll has a film perforation for quick and safe removal, a special strap around the rolls enables secure and easy transportation by insulation operatives, and waterproof and UV-resistant plastic wrapping of the robust pallet provides superior weather protection of the products.
Also for applications at high operating temperatures new rock mineral wool HT (High Temperature) boards are available. The range can withstand temperatures up to 700 degrees C and are non-combustible rock mineral wool boards, designed to not only resist high temperatures but also provide thermal and acoustic performance.
Also now encompassed in the wider portfolio are specialist boards for tanks. Tank Wall Board 035 and Tank Roof Board 040 are non-combustible rock mineral wool boards. Tank roof board is designed to resist high compression and provide thermal and acoustic performance.
All of these new product additions are CPR compliant and are manufactured to EN 14303 standard.
For more information on our wider range of products please visit www.knaufinsulation-ts.com or contact Rob Bailey, Sales Manager Technical Insulation, UK. Tel 0776 076 9136 Email Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Innovation and Success With ECOSE Technology
To mark the fourth anniversary of its revolutionary ECOSE Technology, Knauf Insulation celebrated innovation and success within the construction industry during a week-long programme of activity at the start of June.
ECOSE Technology Week highlighted the significant achievements this innovative manufacturing technique has delivered to the mineral wool insulation market – Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® products manufactured using ECOSE Technology provide sustainable credentials unlike any other mineral wool product. Based on rapidly renewable materials instead of petro-based chemicals, ECOSE Technology enhances the already outstanding performance and value of Knauf Insulation’s mineral wool, resulting in a new generation of products with unprecedented levels of usability and sustainability.
ECOSE Technology uses a formaldehyde-free binder technology that is free from phenols and acrylics, and no artificial colours, bleach or dyes are added. ECOSE Technology is also up to 70% less energy intensive than traditional binders, delivering superior environmental sustainability - as well as producing a ‘super-soft’ and easier to handle wool, with a natural brown colour.
During the week Knauf Insulation with ECOSE Technology partnered with Building Magazine to host a webinar focusing on Design Considerations with innovation and sustainability. Specifically focusing on key drivers in sustainability, product innovation, de-risking investment, realizing the vision and better understanding the financial implications.
The panel of speakers featured Tom Lane, Technical Editor, Building; Munish Datta, Head of Property - Plan A, Marks & Spencer; Huw Blackwell, Executive Sustainability Consultant, Hoare Lea Sustainability; Ian Gornall, Head of Manufacturing - St Helens, Knauf Insulation and Ross Holleron, Associate Director, BRE
If you missed it you still have a chance to watch in again here.
For more information about ECOSE Technology and read the latest blog post from Andrew Brewster, Project Development Engineer responsible for the Sustainable and Environmental delivery of projects for CA Group on why sustainability ifs important to them.
Knauf Insulation is ready for the Construction Products Regulation
Knauf Insulation is ready for the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which came fully into force on 1st of July 2013, replacing the current Construction Products Directive. The CPR is valid within the European Economic Area (EEA).
The regulation means that from 1st of July, it is mandatory for manufacturers to draw up a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and apply CE marking to any construction products covered by a harmonized European Standard (hEN) or which conform to a European Technical Assessment (ETA).
Knauf Insulation has launched an online database to give all customers in the European Economic Area access to the Declaration of Performance for its products. The database can be found at www.dopki.com and gives access to the DoP and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the manufacturer’s insulation products.
A specific URL (web address) for each product will be displayed on the product label, packaging or invoice. Customers can then type this reference URL into their browser, which will take them directly to the appropriate DoP and SDS.
“We support the new requirement as it brings uniformity across the construction products industry,” comments Dave Khan, Technical Marketing Manager at Knauf Insulation. “By employing a standard methodology across the industry, specifiers can have complete confidence that the products have been subjected to comparable test regimes and the product will deliver the declared level of thermal performance. Our new online database will help customers find the information they need in a straightforward and easily accessed format.”
25 Years at Hartlepool
Dedicated to the production of extruded polystyrene (XPS) and extruded polyethylene (XPE) the Hartlepool plant is proud of its UK production heritage and continues to invest in product development ensuring a best in class service and product.
Stuart Bell, General Manager at the plant comments, “The plant has seen a number of demanding changes throughout the years, but our dedicated workforce has adapted to market demands and the products and service we offer continue to satisfy our customers needs”.
This year is no exception, working in partnership with our customers we have extended the Polyfoam ECO Roofboard range, we now supply products with thicknesses up to 240mm providing significant installation time savings for contractors. After extensive testing by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) the Polyfoam ECO Standard and Extra range is still the only range of extruded polystyrene (XPS) products to be independently assessed and certified by the BRE to achieve a Green Guide rating of ‘A’ allowing installers to have the utmost confidence that the products provide a proven sustainable solution.
Stuart Bell continues, “Knauf Insulation has also placed a renewed focus on the Polyfoam ECO range, with additional resources dedicated to providing the help and advice customers need. For example, Knauf Insulation’s TST (Technical Support Team) is on hand to offer installers advice for every aspect of the design, specification and installation process.”
Suitable for use in a wide variety of floor constructions, inverted and green roofs the Polyfoam ECO Floorboard and Roofboard range has a thermal conductivity as low as 0.033W/mK and a moisture absorption value of 0.6% (by volume) it continually delivers a robust, yet versatile thermally efficient solution.
Wrapping up Marks & Spencer in Cheshire Oaks
Located near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, this store is one of Marks & Spencer’s most sustainable stores. It was opened in Summer 2012 with over 148,000 square feet of selling space across two floors, parking for 950 cars, spaces for 100 bicycles and electric car charging points.
The store which has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating was designed to be the most carbon efficient premier store, with a holistic approach taken towards key sustainability factors such as water, carbon, biodiversity, the community, materials and waste to landfill.
Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool FactoryClad Roll 40 was utilised within the 11,000m2 multi-wave form standing seam roof, which was supplied by Euroclad to achieve an outstanding visual, functional and environmentally friendly element of the store design.
Gethin Williams, Euroclad’s Elite Systems Coordinator said: “Earthwool FactoryClad Roll 40, in 280mm, has a 90/90 lambda value, a generic BRE Green Guide rating of A+ and has excellent thermal and acoustic properties. Thanks to these many characteristics, we thought it was perfect for this project, which resulted in it achieving the relevant BREEAM credit. Being lightweight, flexible and with a high tear strength, fitting was fast and error free, ensuring the thermal integrity was uncompromised.”