Insulation Talk - August 2013
Welcome to our InsulationTalk e-bulletin. We hope you find our news informative and useful on keeping you up to date on our progress within product development and manufacturing as well as the latest news within the industry.
In this issue....
- Zero waste to landfill achievement
- New Insulation Solutions iPad App
- Towering targets for energy efficiency
- Striking new facade revealed
Zero waste to landfill achievement
The achievement marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s sustainability journey, in which it is constantly developing its products and processes to contribute towards greener and more energy efficient environments.
At its glass mineral wool sites in St Helens (where the company’s headquarters are also based) and Cwmbran, Knauf Insulation has introduced a number of measures to divert both production and office-generated waste. Baled glass wool waste is re-used by a ceiling tile manufacturer, while mixed glass wool and incidental packaging waste is collected by a recycling partner and re-processed for use as underground bedding.
At its rock mineral wool plant in Queensferry, Knauf Insulation is working with a waste provider to drive down waste to landfill, recycling and reusing waste where practical. Baled rock mineral wool is also sent for use in ceiling tile manufacture. What’s more, Knauf Insulation has recently built its own recycling facility, which enables any excess material to be fed back into the manufacturing process. In addition to this, agreements have been reached with key customers to return their waste so it can be re-used, therefore improving the life-cycle performance of Knauf Insulation’s products.
At the extruded polystyrene (XPS) facility in Hartlepool, all manufacturing waste is recycled back into the production process, while general and kitchen waste is collected by a recycling and waste management partner company.
Kevin West, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Manager at Knauf Insulation’s St Helen’s plant, commented: “As the UK’s leading insulation manufacturer and the third largest manufacturer of insulation in the world, we take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. True sustainability is about much more than simply producing ‘green’ products – it must be an integral part of the business, which is what we have sought to accomplish with our waste management strategy. Reaching zero waste to landfill is a fantastic achievement and is a clear demonstration of Knauf Insulation’s commitment to improving our environmental performance.”
Find out more about what Knauf Insulation is doing to achieve their sustainability commitments.
New Insulation Solutions iPad App
The new Knauf Insulation ‘Insulations Solutions’ iPad App is now available to download for free from the Apple App Store. Designed to help specifiers and building professionals find the information they need more easily, the App brings together a wealth of useful information covering Knauf Insulation’s comprehensive range of solutions in one easy-to-use App.
As well as containing all of the information currently available in Knauf Insulation’s ‘Insulations Solutions for Buildings’ Manual, the new iPad App combines the ability to bookmark, add notes, add and link photos, and is also fully searchable. The whole App has been designed to ensure easy access to information, no matter where you are.
Eliminating the problems of no signal or slow data connections, the App contains a complete, un-abridged, version of the Manual in a handy, clear layout - once downloaded, no internet connection is required. All the information is fully resizable with a simple touch-navigation interface, enabling browsing through simple swipes. Featuring sophisticated navigation, the App is fully searchable, helping to provide users with the information they require as quickly as possible.
Mark Taylor, e-Marketing Manager Northern Europe at Knauf Insulation: “Today’s specifiers and building professionals are busy people that are continuously on the go. Being able to access information instantly is a must – wherever you are, and the new Insulations Solutions iPad App makes this possible. Our insulation manual is extremely popular and so we are committed to providing this essential information in the most convenient format possible for all users”.
Find out more about Knauf Insulation's iPad App 'Insulation Solutions'.
Towering targets for energy efficiency
Knauf Insulation’s ThermoShell® Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) system has been installed in an ambitious project to refurbish almost 600 social housing properties, across six tower blocks in north Glasgow.
The project is expected to make significant savings for residents in heating bills (the Energy Saving Trust advises that this can be up to £460 per year for solid wall insulation), in an area that is heavily affected by fuel poverty.
Following close consultation with contractors City Technical Services (UK) Ltd, Knauf Insulation’s ThermoShell IWI system was specified for use across the project. The challenges of such an extensive installation were many – for example, the installation faced restrictions created by the enclosed working space of a 24 storey tower block, in which resident access must be maintained at all times.
Knauf Insulation’s ThermoShell IWI system has been developed specifically to be the most effective solution to ‘whole house – low energy’ refurbishments, delivering exceptional thermal performance and comfort through a very straightforward and easy to use installation process.
The simplicity of the ThermoShell IWI system allows a competent tradesman to become an approved installer, and to install and finish the system using a traditional plaster skim finish or dry lining techniques. No scaffolding is required and the system can be installed on a room-by-room basis, or as part of a whole house refurbishment plan.
Having decided that the ThermoShell IWI system was the most appropriate solution for the NG Homes project, all of City Technical Services (UK) Ltd’s engineers, including Managing Director Kenny Henderson, completed the system training at Knauf Insulation’s dedicated training facilities.
Kenny Henderson, Director of City Technical Services (UK) Ltd commented “For us, the biggest challenge was the fact that we had never done anything like this before and so the training was quite intense – but I think that speaks volumes for the simplicity of the Knauf Insulation system, as we’ve been able to go on and master the system with excellent results”.
Robert Tamburrini, CEO of NG Homes commented: “Fuel poverty is a big issue in Glasgow and in Scotland as a whole, and this system has made an appreciable difference to our residents. Their houses are warmer, their fuel bills are lower and I think their general quality of life has improved.“
Striking new facade revealed
Knauf Insulation has supplied its Earthwool® RainScreen Slab to a sophisticated new façade system installed on Alumet’s headquarters in Southam, Warwickshire, to ensure optimal fire, thermal and acoustic performance. The key to Knauf Insulation securing the project was its ability to provide in depth technical support, including complex heat flow modelling calculations, which were carried out in accordance with the guidelines set by the BRE.
As part of a full exterior refurbishment, building envelope contractor, Alumet, required a new façade system that would transform and modernise the exterior of the Jubilee House building, which was originally installed in the early 1970s. Coupled with this was the requirement to improve thermal and energy efficiencies. The brand new Schueco ERC 50 Renovation Façade system, manufactured from 100 per cent recyclable aluminium - the first of its kind in the UK - presented a viable solution, providing the building envelope with high levels of insulation and triple glazed windows, as well as Building Integrated Photovoltaics.
Integral to choosing the type of insulation was Knauf Insulation’s Technical Advice and Support Centre, which provided 3D numerically modelled U-value calculations in line with BS EN ISO 10211 - thereby ensuring the thermal performance of the façade system was calculated taking into account the specific system brackets, which act as a significant cold bridge within rainscreen cladding systems.
For this project, Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab was installed on the brick facade of the existing building, which once complete, significantly improved the U-value thus reducing the heat loss through the wall.
The insulation layer is a fundamental component of any successful rainscreen cladding system and mineral wool insulation delivers a number of advantages for this type of application. Earthwool RainScreen Slab is a rock mineral wool slab containing a water repellent additive, designed for use on masonry wall constructions and as the outer insulation layer in steel frame projects.
Read the full case study on Alumet's Southam HQ.