Insulation Talk - September 2014
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In this issue....
- Earthwool OmniFit: A 'Fitter Friendly' insulation solution
- Put some infrastructure budget behind the infrastructure rhetoric
- Knauf Insulation's Young Supplier of the Year
- Sound insulation at the Queen's Terminal
- Approved Document L1A Wales takes effect
- Knauf Insulation rides its way into the York Engineers' Triangle
Earthwool OmniFit: A 'Fitter Friendly' insulation solution
Knauf Insulation responds to detailed feedback from trade specialists with the launch of a new insulation range: Earthwool OmniFit, specifically designed as an easy to fit multi-purpose insulation solution for multiple applications.
Following extensive research with builders, contractors and insulation specialists, the Earthwool OmniFit range has been designed for multiple applications and provides outstanding thermal, acoustic and fire performance across three products: Earthwool OmniFit Slab, OmniFit Roll and OmniFit Stud.
Steve Smith, Market Development Manager at Knauf Insulation commented: “Our research revealed some startling results; 89 per cent of installers surveyed would be keen to trial an alternative product to existing flexible slabs and rock mineral wool rolls, if it meant that handling would be easier and the products would be softer to touch. We realised that we had to fill this gap and therefore developed the new Earthwool OmniFit insulation range.
“Earthwool OmniFit also delivers exceptional environmental performance as it is manufactured using the innovative ECOSE® Technology - resulting in a softer, easy to cut and handle insulation product. What’s more, Knauf Insulation was the world's first company to receive the coveted Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold standard for its glass mineral wool products made with ECOSE Technology - a characteristic that not only benefits the end user but also the installers fitting the product.”
With a thermal conductivity of 0.035W/mK across all thicknesses – an improvement on existing flexible slabs available in the market – Earthwool OmniFit Slab is suitable for both timber and metal stud applications and is available in either 400mm or 600mm wide variants.
Earthwool OmniFit Roll, has been designed specifically for loft insulation, internal partition walls, internal floors and separating floor applications. With a thermal conductivity of 0.040W/mK, the product has a density in excess of 10kg/m3 in order to meet compliance with acoustic Building Regulations.
Earthwool OmniFit Stud is a roll product designed with a high level of thermal performance – 0.034W/mK, ideal for use within rafters and both timber and light steel frame walls. It has a 1200mm width allowing installers the flexibility to cut the product on site to suit the application.
The multi-purpose Earthwool OmniFit range will be available to purchase from a variety of stockists around the country. Please call 0844 800 0135 or visit www.fitterfriendly.co.uk for more information.
Put some infrastructure budget behind the infrastructure rhetoric
Ahead of the event, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation John Sinfield penned a blog post explaining how treating housing stock as an infrastructure priority makes social, economic and environmental sense.
We also responded to shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint’s announcement that the Labour party pledges to insulate five million draughty homes.
Steven Heath, Director – Public Affairs and Strategy for Knauf Insulation comments: “Caroline Flint was certainly correct when she said that ‘one of the main reasons energy bills are so high – currently around £1,300 a year – is that our homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe, leaking heat from their roofs, walls and windows.’
“However, whilst the Labour commitment to insulate at least five million draughty homes to help families save £272 a year on their heating bill is certainly welcome news, is the target high enough? Put simply; no it is not. Ideally Labour’s ambitions would need to be increased at least two-fold to really address the problem, but they chose not to. Rather they appear to have limited their ambitions to current Government budget allocations – neither committing additional money or considering further regulation or tax incentives.
“What’s frustrating is that all of this could be achieved if a very small proportion of the UK’s infrastructure budget was allocated to the bricks and mortar of our existing housing stock. Buildings account for more than 40% of the UK’s energy demand, with the majority of this being used in our homes. Therefore, making home energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority should be an absolute necessity. Indeed, no other investment can achieve so much to help struggling householders, stimulate economic growth and create jobs in every constituency in the UK. It is also critical to addressing the national challenges of safeguarding energy security and tackling climate change.
“So, the Labour party should be applauded. They have recognised that ploughing money into building large infrastructure projects, such as power stations and power distribution networks, without actually reducing core energy demand is a glaring omission that will cost us all. However, now that recognition has been made, it must be followed by a financial commitment that matches the scale of the problem.
“Interestingly, the Labour party’s stance is in direct contrast to that of David Cameron, who touted infrastructure investments in nuclear and even ‘low carbon’ shale gas in his recent speech to the UN – yet failed to mention energy efficiency in any form. I am keen to see if this is simply the Conservative party keeping its powder dry ahead of next week’s conference announcements, or if it’s a glaring hole in their election manifesto.”
Knauf Insulation's Young Supplier of the Year
It’s with great pleasure Knauf Insulation can announce that Jo Callow, Central Sales Support, has been awarded the BMJ/BMF Young Supplier Achiever of the Year award after her hard work and achievements were recognised by the judges and Knauf Insulation’s merchant customers.
When Jo joined Knauf Insulation she made an immediate impact on its merchant business and has since attained a considerable amount of achievements – her work rate is second to none. Jo manages to visit and spend time with over 150 branches a month and still finds time to visit customers’ head offices and internal meetings, which certainly demonstrates her commitment to the company and merchant customers.
Jo commented: “I still can’t quite believe that I have won this award, I’m absolutely delighted! We have a strong merchant team within Knauf Insulation that is wholly dedicated to providing expert support and advice to our customers on all aspects of their business – and it’s this that makes our relationship so strong and successful. It’s a demanding job but I love the challenge of seeing how I can make a difference to our customers’ business.”
Of Jo’s many achievements during her time at Knauf Insulation, there were three key projects that she undertook which had a positive impact for the customer, increased product awareness, reduced transport costs and provided significant cost savings.
Graham Wroe, Sales Director UK – Building and Distribution, at Knauf Insulation said: “Well done to Jo, she thoroughly deserved the win after her continued efforts, hard work and determination that applies to her job. We’re very proud of Jo and our dedicated resource teams that are entirely committed to serving and supporting our merchant customers day in, day out.”
The BMJ/BMF Young Supplier Achiever of the Year award aims to recognise the achievements of those young suppliers who have worked with their merchant customers to benefit both sides of the business.
Sound insulation at the Queen's Terminal
Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, also known as The Queen’s Terminal, boasts exceptional architectural design and is 40 per cent more carbon efficient than the previous building. Kalzip’s large waveform roof bestows one of the iconic features of the terminal and thanks to Knauf Insulation’s close working partnership with the company, its Earthwool Building Slab RS45 insulation products in 50mm and 75mm were installed within the 40,000m2 Kalzip System in the AluPlusPatina finish.
Simon McLeman, Export Sales Director UK at Kalzip, commented: “Following extensive testing, we chose to install Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool Building Slab RS45 insulation in two densities as it met the performance standards we required.
“We decided to take a multi layer approach when it came to installing Knauf Insulation’s products. By layering the insulation products in different densities across the Kalzip standing seam roof, we were able to meet the rigorous sound absorption and sound transmission measures, whilst retaining the form and functionality required by the designers.”
As a robust, resilient and dense rock mineral wool insulation slab, Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool Building Slab RS45 has excellent acoustic properties that helps to reduce the impact of airborne and rain impact noise – especially when installed in a combination of two different thicknesses: 50mm and 75mm, with a 45kg/m3 density.
Simon continued: “We have been working with Knauf Insulation for over 16 years, and the manufacturer has become one of our key supply partners. Knauf Insulation’s products have been specified for a large variety of commercial projects thanks to their excellent performance standards.”
Approved Document L1A for Wales takes effect
Approved Document L1A 2013 for Wales targets an approximate 8% reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions from the mix of new dwellings relative to Approved Document L1A 2010, rather than the 6% reduction in the English 2013 version. As a result, the below comparison table sets out the minimum acceptable fabric performances:
|Element||ADL1A Wales||ADL1A England|
|External Walls||0.21 W/m2K||0.30 W/m2K|
|Party Walls||0.20W/m2K||0.20 W/m2K|
|Windows, roof windows, glazed roof lights, curtain walling and doors||1.60W/m2K||2.00 W/m2K|
|Air permeability||10 m3/h.m2@ 50 Pa||10 m3/h.m2@ 50 Pa|
Similarly with the new L1A for England, the Welsh revisions also include compliance criteria: Target Fabric Energy Efficiency (TFEE) which recognises the importance of a Fabric First approach to meeting the ultimate ambition: Zero Carbon Homes. This is calculated using actual dwelling dimensions and the performance values in the current notional dwelling specification.
Ultimately, if the actual dwelling is constructed entirely to the notional dwelling specifications it will meet the carbon dioxide and TFEE and the limiting values for individual fabric elements and building services. What’s important though, is the degree of design flexibility afforded by the L1A version. Developers are free to vary the specification across certain building elements, provided the same overall level of carbon dioxide emissions and fabric energy efficiency performance is achieved or exceeded.
Stephen Smith Market Development Manager at Knauf Insulation comments: “As with the English Approved Document L1A, the Welsh version includes some U-values in the elemental recipe that may not be beneficial to all housebuilders and developers, in terms of the practical and commercial elements.
“However, by using the design flexibility which has been included within ADL1A 2013 and adopting a more practical approach that improves on some elements, we can make sure housebuilders and developers achieve compliance across all house types - that best suits their needs and not just a compliance exercise.”
For cost-effective, practical solutions that meet Part L1A England and Wales housebuilders should speak to Knauf Insulation’s Business Development team for full guidance and for technical support please contact 01744 766666 and firstname.lastname@example.org or use the company’s comprehensive Part L 2013 guide.
Knauf Insulation rides its way into the York Engineers' Triangle
In need of an insulation solution that could meet York’s new rail operating and training centre’s environmental requirements, as well as meet the rigorous demands of an inverted roof application, European Roofing Systems turned to Knauf Insulation for assistance. The outcome was a specification of 3,000m2 of Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra (XPS) insulation that has a BRE Certified Green Guide Rating of A.
Network Rail’s York Engineers’ Triangle is the largest rail operating centre in the country and will control signalling and rail operations on the east coast, from London King’s Cross to the Scottish borders, housing the latest technology to manage and control the rail network. The development centre also provides a leading training facility with learning spaces that can allow for up to 200 delegates to be trained at any one time.
Liam Murray, Estimating Manager for European Roofing Systems commented: “With the help from Knauf Insulation we were able to develop an inverted roof system to meet the rigorous brief of requiring a product that had impressive environmental credentials, an excellent thermal performance and most importantly could be installed above a hot melt waterproofing system.
“Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra insulation has a British Board of Agrément (BBA) certificate so is proven in an inverted roof application. It also has excellent structural strength and is less prone to site damage than other rigid foam insulation boards. The thermal performance is also unaffected by site conditions such as wide fluctuations in outside temperatures and repeated freeze thaw cycles, which is ideal for a project like the York Engineers’ Triangle - so we decided to install this product.”
Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra insulation has also received extensive testing by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and is the only range of extruded polystyrene (XPS) products to have been independently assessed to achieve a Certified Green Guide Rating of ‘A’, allowing installers and end users to have the utmost confidence that the products provide a proven sustainable solution.
Liam continued: “With help from Knauf Insulation’s technical team, they were able to produce the exact size we needed – excellent service!”