Insulation Talk - November 2013
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In this issue....
- ECO is not ready to be scrapped yet, says Knauf Insulation
- Celebrating Britain's strong Builders' Merchant sector at Lord Mayor's Show
- British Board of Agrément (BBA) Approval for Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra
- CA Group deliver BREEAM 'Excellent' building for Prologis and BMW, with help from Knauf Insulation
- Shortlist success at CIBSE and Retro Expo Awards
- Zero Carbon future still uncertain following release of Part L detail
Latest figures show ECO is not ready to be scrapped yet, says Knauf Insulation
As the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that more than 300,000 measures have been completed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Knauf Insulation is calling on the Government to resist pressure from the ‘Big Six’ energy companies and to continue driving the scheme forwards.
John Sinfield, Managing Director at Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, commented: “These figures show that although ECO has undeniably suffered through its poor design and implementation, it is starting to bear fruit – dwarfing the pitiful take up of the Green Deal, which has seen just 219 live plans. Cutting this so-called ‘green levy’ now would be a huge wasted opportunity and a shocking disservice to the UK’s most vulnerable, fuel-poor households.
“What’s more, scaling back ECO will have a devastating effect on employment within the energy efficiency sector – figures released by the UK Green Building Council and the Association for the Conservation of Energy suggest that more than 10,000 jobs could be axed if the Government relaxes ECO targets.
“ECO is a vital part of the puzzle when it comes to transforming our housing stock, which is among the leakiest and coldest in Europe. Bear in mind that the current ECO subsidy for low-income homes is only £47 out of the average annual household bill of £1,267 – surely a small price to pay to ensure the most vulnerable people in our society have access to warm and safe homes?
“This is a long term scheme and the Government must not bow to pressure from the energy companies for the sake of short term political point scoring. ECO can be made to work by giving the supply chain better visibility of demand, by ensuring consistency of compliance across the Big Six and by reviewing the measures available.”
John Sinfield has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, to express his concerns on the PM's recent pledge to drop green charges on energy bills. The letter was used as a full page advert in The Times Newspaper alongside our 'Cutting ECO is not the solution infographic'.
In response to the letter to the Prime Minister and the release of the latest excess winter death statistics, John also spoke with Winifred Robinson on the BBC Radio 4 programme You and Yours. You can listen to the interview here which starts 01 minute 10 seconds in.
Knauf Insulation celebrated Britain's strong Builders' Merchant sector in the Lord Mayor's Show
On Saturday 9th November, Knauf Insulation paraded the streets of London in The Lord Mayor’s Show, celebrating ‘merchanting through the ages’ as part of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants float.
Knauf Insulation sponsored the insulation section of the float and as the procession featured models dressed as a variety of building products, two loft roll insulation characters were created to promote its product benefits to spectators.
John Sinfield, Managing Director at Knauf Insulation Northern Europe said: “Knauf Insulation is a major supplier to thousands of merchants across the UK and we recognise the importance of upholding strong relationships with our customers. Therefore, we were excited to be a part of this year’s Lord Mayor’s show, joining fellow members of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants, to recognise Britain’s builders’ merchants and the contribution they make.”
This was the 798th time the show has made its way through London, to mark the Lord Mayor’s journey to the Royal Courts of Justice to swear an oath of allegiance to the sovereign. The procession had over 7,000 participants, with 21 bands, 150 horses, 23 carriages, carts and coaches, as well as hundreds of other vehicles.
John Poore, Master of the Worshipful Company of Builder’s Merchants, commented: “This year’s Lord Mayor Show was a fantastic event and despite the inclement weather, the atmosphere our float generated was truly brilliant. Everyone involved in the event made a real effort and I’m sure all the spectators would agree that with the combination of our vintage vehicles and building material costumes, our float will be one to remember!”
Knauf Insulation's Polyfoam® ECO Roofboard Extra receives BBA certificate for inverted roof systems
Knauf Insulation is pleased to announce that its Polyfoam® ECO Roofboard Extra, (incorporating the Polyfoam Slimline system) has received a British Board of Agrément (BBA) certificate and now offers the lowest design lambda of any inverted roofboard (XPS or EPS) manufactured in the UK.
It has undergone rigorous testing and has met all the requirements set out by the BBA under the European Technical Approval Guideline (ETAG) 031.
The design thermal conductivity of the boards (including moisture correction factor) is 0.034 W/mK for thicknesses greater than or equal to 100mm. When calculating the U-value of the inverted roof, the design thermal conductivity should always be used as this value reflects the in-situ performance of the product. For warm roofs the declared lambda of 0.033W/mK should be used in the U-value calculation.
When Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra is installed on appropriate decks, it can accommodate a range of finishes and applications including gravel ballast layer, paving slabs, green roofs and pedestrian access roofs, such as balconies and roof terraces. When combined with the Polyfoam Slimline membrane system, Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra is a durable solution and will maintain its integrity for at least the lifetime of the roof membrane.
James Hulbert, Business Development Manager Polyfoam XPS at Knauf Insulation commented: “We are committed to continuously improving our offer to the inverted roofing market for waterproofing system holders, specifiers and contractors alike; we recognise that it is crucial to our future success and through the developments made in product quality, thickness, and environmental performance we’ve made significant strides in a relatively short space of time. The roofing sector is moving rapidly and this new BBA certificate is another, crucial step for us, I’m pleased to say that we will continue to develop our offer beyond this and look to bring additional news to market shortly.”
CA Group deliver BREEAM 'Excellent' building for Prologis and BMW, with help from Knauf Insulation
Building envelope specialist CA Group has incorporated Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® glass mineral wool insulation into its innovative curved roofing solution for Prologis and BMW, at the car manufacturer’s 43,600m2 distribution facility in Northampton.
Sustainability was high on the list of priorities for Prologis and BMW and this is reflected in the design of the roof, which was created using CA Group's Twin-Therm® technology, a fully-walkable cost effective solution that provides a high degree of flexibility and exceptional air tightness levels.
The choice of insulation used on the project was critical. CA Group selected Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® glass mineral wool for its excellent environmental credentials, acoustic properties and thermal performance. The combined result is an efficient, highly sustainable distribution centre, which has been rated Excellent by BREEAM. .
Brian Watson, Group Development Director at CA Group commented: “Choosing to incorporate a product that we know has been sustainably produced – using high levels of recycled material and an innovative binding technology – means we can continue to demonstrate our own commitment to sustainability. Not only this, it helps us to maintain our high standards of construction quality and thermal efficiency.”
Watson continued: “Including Knauf Insulation’s glass mineral wool insulation into our system has certainly helped make this possible. It’s easy to handle and install, as it adapts to and follows the curvature of the roof, with no air gaps”.
Knauf Insulation's shortlist success
Knauf Insulation’s innovative, high performance Supafil® CarbonPlus blowing wool insulation has resulted in double award nominations, with shortlist places in both the 2014 CIBSE Building Performance Awards and the Retro Expo Awards.
There are approximately 535,000 properties in the UK containing narrow cavities, making up more than a quarter of the country’s two million hard to treat homes.
Knauf Insulation has designed and developed an insulation solution, Supafil CarbonPlus, which specifically tackles the problem of narrow cavities and can help towards the upgrading of housing stock.
The solution can also 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.
The Supafil CarbonPlus system consists of a high performing Supafil blowing wool product and a specially designed installation kit. The product is not restricted by temperature enabling installers to fit 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.
The ceremony for the CIBSE Awards will be taking place on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The Retro Expo awards ceremony is on Thursday 5th December at the Business Design Centre, London.
Zero Carbon future still uncertain following release of Part L detail says Knauf Insulation
There is a strong focus on improving the thermal efficiency of the building fabric, but the standards are considerably lower than the levels proposed in the 2011 consultation, which suggested an eight per cent improvement on the 2010 regulations for new homes and 20 per cent for non-domestic properties. Instead, the 2014 changes will require a six per cent improvement for new homes, while the figure for non-domestic properties has been cut to just nine per cent.
John Sinfield, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, commented: “Of course we are extremely supportive of the move towards a ‘fabric first’ approach, The road to zero carbon homes by 2016 has been plagued by delays and legislative indecision. Indeed, as the transitional provisions for the regulatory changes mean many homes will continue to be built to previous standards for quite some time, perhaps the real question should be whether we will see any zero carbon homes before 2020?
“Taken in conjunction with the poor performance of the Green Deal, decisive action needs to be taken to improve the efficiency of ALL the UK’s housing stock, both new build and refurbishment. This can be achieved by the swift introduction of significant demand drivers, such as linking Stamp Duty to energy efficiency performance, in order to drive schemes such as ECO and the Green Deal forwards.