Insulation Talk - April 2015
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In this issue....
- Cold homes need more than warm words
- Are you designing for Vincent Van Gogh?
- New technical design for Supafil Party Wall
- Round up of NMBS Exhibition
- Shortlist success at Hartlepool Awards
- Klima Duct Roll now on mixed loads
Cold homes need more than warm words
Energy efficiency has a fundamental role to play in helping the UK economy to grow.
In tackling cold homes, millions can save money on their energy bills, vulnerable people will be less exposed to cold related illnesses saving the NHS money at a time of national need and the UK as a whole will use less gas from abroad, increasing our energy security.
Every £1 spent achieving these outcomes could grow the national economy by £3.20.
Manifestos released this month recognise these benefits, but policy stability has to go further than statements of ambition.
John Sinfield, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation, comments:
“Using less energy is an easy win for the UK economy, but the next six months may make or break this opportunity.
“We look forward to working with the next Government to deliver growth and a clear programme for warm homes that can make this happen.”
On this basis, Knauf Insulation strongly welcomes the clear emphasis placed upon a new, ambitious, whole house approach to tackling the cold homes crisis set out by the Liberal Democrats in their comprehensive manifesto.
We also welcome ongoing commitments by both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party to ensure that energy efficiency is a national infrastructure priority if either party forms a part of the next Government. Although it must be noted, at the manifesto stage only, the Liberal Democrats indicate they would use infrastructure capital spending to part-fund a large scale renovation programme.
The Conservative manifesto notes the needs faced by millions of families, but offers a very low level of ambition – pledging insulation support for only one million homes over the next five years. This is an 80% drop in the number of homes helped compared to the 2010 to 2015 period - figures that include measures delivered in current underperforming schemes ECO and Green Deal.
While the challenges of setting out the ambition for the next parliament term begin in May, a more immediate problem must also be addressed. The current Energy Company Obligation term, due to end in 2017 will almost certainly be complete much earlier. Without clear action early in the next parliament vulnerable people will not continue to receive help throughout 2016.
Are you designing for Vincent Van Gogh?
The importance of sound design and why we should design for the people who live in and use our buildings and not to just meet the minimum requirements.
I realised the importance of sound design in buildings five years ago – on New Years Day 2010. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I remember it because it was the day my father suffered a sudden heart attack. After a number of hours of treatment, surgery and amazing care from paramedics and surgeons, his heart was taken out of arrest and began recovery in Liverpool’s Heart and Chest Hospital.
There were two things I noticed when visiting him during his four week recovery. The first was the amazing dedication and care of the excellent staff at the hospital. The second was the constant noise of beeping machines, clunking and clanging sounds on hard surfaces, and the ongoing background noise of chatter between nurses, doctors, patients and visitors. It was then that my father said to me something I will always remember:
“How am I supposed to sleep with this level of noise? How am I supposed to recover if I can’t sleep“.
Biology dictates that our bodies need sleep to allow us to recover when we are ill. For hospital patients to get the sleep they need, the World Health Organisation recommend that sound levels should not exceed 30db(A) for prolonged periods. I was sure that the noise level in the ward where my father was recovering must be far above this.
To read the rest of Steve's blog entry via Built on Performance, please click here.
New technical design for Supafil Party Wall
Knauf Insulation’s Supafil Party Wall Insulation is now manufactured with a blue coloration in order to promote compliance with Robust Details and to provide housebuilders with easy on-site identification.
At the beginning of March 2015, the inspection list and handbook for Robust Detail E-WM-28 was updated to include the new technical design of Supafil Party Wall Insulation.
Andrew Hale, Product Manager – Glass Mineral Wool, New Build, at Knauf Insulation, commented: “The new coloration of Supafil Party Wall will provide housebuilders the confidence that their contractors are installing the correct product for this application.
“Housebuilders will also be provided with a peace of mind that by installing Supafil Party Wall, they will be able to adhere to both Part E and L of the Building Regulations and the NHBC building standards.
"Additionally, construction time will be reduced as there is no need to undertake pre-completion acoustic testing as the product is a registered construction with Robust Details. What’s more, when this product is used in conjunction with effective edge sealing – fully filling the cavity – the solution allows a zero effective U-value to be used within SAP calculations for new dwellings.”
On a new build property, Supafil Party Wall is injected into the wall once it has been constructed, allowing the empty cavities to be available for NHBC inspection and to check that there are no obstructions within the cavity, which can impair both acoustic and thermal performance.
Round up of NMBS Exhibition
During April, we showcased our merchant friendly Earthwool OmniFit range at the NMBS Exhibition in Coventry.
Hundreds of timber, plumbing and heating and independent builders merchants headed to the Ricoh Arena to see the latest products, deals and service by exhibitors.
Thanks to the support of Phil Rigby (Glass Product Manager), Kimberley Rolph (Area Sales Support), Jo Callow (Central Sales Support) and Craig Moore (Area Sales Manager) on the stand, we educated merchants on the true benefits of Earthwool OmniFit.
The acoustic performance was clearly demonstrated on our stand, where visitors could listen as a ringing phone was silenced inside a demonstration box lined with the product.
Phil Rigby commented "Our new Earthwool OmniFit range is a unique solution that is receiving very positive feedback from our merchants' customers, and is designed to be fitter friendly - very much aimed at the installer".
For further information, you can visit our dedicated Earthwool OmniFit website www.fitterfriendly.co.uk.
Shortlist success at Hartlepool Awards
Knauf Insulation is pleased to reveal that its Hartlepool manufacturing plant has secured a spot on the Hartlepool Business Awards shortlist, in the manufacturer of the year category.
Throughout the award entry Knauf Insulation demonstrated to the judges that it is consistently developing its products and processes to contribute towards a greener and more energy efficient environment, as well as being dedicated to investing in the local economy by working with local contractors and suppliers.
The Hartlepool manufacturing plant has reached zero waste to landfill and produces the first ever sustainable extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation product with a Green Guide rating of ‘A’. This year the plant is also investing a seven-figure sum in a new extruder facility, which will help boost the local economy and safeguard the future for its employees.
The winners will be announced at the awards dinner, which is being held at the Borough Hall, Hartlepool on Thursday 14th May 2015.
Klima Duct Roll now on mixed loads
We are pleased to announce that for a trial perid (expiring 31st July 2015), Knauf Insulation will be offering a unique proposition for Technical Solutions.
Offering excellent thermal and acoustic benefits, Klima Duct Roll KDR033 is a versatile insulant suitable for all shapes of heating and ventilation and air conditioning ductwork.
It will be stocked alongside rock products at our manufacturing plant in Queensferry, and is available to mix as part of full loads with any rock product.
When mixed with eight or less pallets of Klima Duct Roll and combined with rock slab, full loads remain at 22 units.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact John Hutchison (UK Sales Manager - Technical Solutions).