As you are aware, the Chancellor proposed that all new homes should be zero carbon by 2016 in his pre-budget statement in December. This ambitious target reconfirms the Government’s strong commitment to tackling climate change, a step that is welcomed by Knauf Insulation - the UK's leading manufacturer of glass and rock mineral wool, extruded polystyrene (XPS) and extruded polyethylene (XPE) insulation.
Mark Andrews, managing director at Knauf insulation, comments: “Most people recognise that we have to act now to fight the effects of global warming. The Chancellor’s announcement is a real challenge for the construction industry, and associated product manufacturers such as Knauf – but a very achievable one, providing the right action is taken.
“The starting point to achieve zero carbon homes has to be high levels of fabric insulation to reduce the space heating requirement. Indeed, we believe that a minimum of 300mm mineral wool cavity wall insulation will be necessary to achieve these ambitious targets. This combined with zero or low carbon energy technologies will not only help reduce emissions, but also people’s heating bills.
“We have been preparing for this for a long time now, and are ready to meet the inevitable increase in demand not only for insulation products, but also for expert help and advice to help fulfil these new requirements. To this end we’ve added a number of useful calculation tools on our website to help everyone from architects to specifiers and builders to calculate how to achieve the right level of insulation in any type of building or construction – including SAP and U-values calculators.”
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