Knauf Insulation, the UK’s leading manufacturer of insulation products, and the only producer of four types of insulation: glass and rock mineral wool, extruded polystyrene (XPS) and extruded polyethylene (XPE), is helping self builders and home renovators understand how they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes at Buildstore in Swindon.
Buildstore – the impressive National Self Build and Renovation Centre that opened earlier this year – is spread over 67,000 sq ft, and looks set to revolutionise self building and renovating in the UK. It is open to the public and will help tens of thousands of people understand the process of building and renovating their homes, including everything from tools to budgeting and choosing the right materials. Reports show that around 42% of home owners are planning to revamp their properties and in 2006 alone there were over 300,000 applications for residential planning permission.
Knauf Insulation will provide expert information and advice at its Buildstore stand (54) on the two common types of wall design: Timber Frame External Wall and Masonry Brick and Block to show compliance with the new Part L Building Regulations. It will also demonstrate how to meet Part L in the roof with a Cold or Warm Roof design, utilising its full range of Crown glass and Rocksilk rock mineral wool insulation materials in addition to Polyfoam extruded polystyrene (XPS). Knauf Insulation’s products contain up to 55% recycled content, and because they are the only company in the UK to offer four different types of insulation, can advise you which product best suits your needs and reduce carbon within the home.
Phil Rigby, Insulation Academy Manager, from Knauf Insulation comments: “With our wide portfolio of products, our insulation knowledge and expertise is second to none and we are able to provide anyone looking to construct their own home with the latest information and best unbiased technical advice.
“What’s more, we have a thorough understanding of energy efficiency in buildings and are very proud to have developed some useful calculation tools including the only FREE BRE approved SAP 2005 calculator, a model design calculator and an elemental U-value calculator – which are available to use FREE OF CHARGE on our website – to help builders meet the ever increasingly stringent building regulations and understand how to reduce carbon from dwellings.”
Knauf Insulation is always looking for ways in which to improve its carbon footprint and uses up to 55% recycled content in its glass and rock mineral wool products. Furthermore, Knauf Insulation is the only insulation manufacturer to be awarded Energy Savings Trust recommended status on its Polyfoam Supadeck, which has been specifically designed to combine thermal insulation and decking for storage in pitched roof loft spaces.