Insulation Talk - December 2014
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In this issue....
- Local Authority Energy Index: A tool for sharing best practice
- Introduction of Party Wall cavities to energy calculations
- Labour MP visits Knauf Insulation St. Helens headquarters
- Knauf Insulation wins Supplier of the Year at NBG Awards
- Polyfoam ECO XPS insulation supplied to Center Parcs
- CRASH No Christmas Card Appeal
Local Authority Energy Index: A tool for sharing best practice
Recognising that Local Authorities can have a dramatic effect on the energy that people and businesses use, a study has been compiled to look at locally driven energy programmes. The Local Authority Energy Index developed by Knauf Insulation analysed 25 Local Authorities from England covering a range of Metropolitan, London and Unitary authorities, as well as a range of geographies.
The Energy Index considers how these Local Authorities have worked to influence the local energy and energy efficiency agendas, along with measuring and ranking their work in this area. It uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures to produce an overall index of performance in energy efficiency. In particular, highlighting best practice and exploring barriers that exist for Councils trying to improve well-being and reduce energy bills for residents, businesses and their own estate.
Chris Witte Marketing Director at Knauf Insulation comments: “Many Councils have already taken steps to improve the energy efficiency of homes, offices and local transport both within their estate and in the communities that they serve. Indeed, this report seeks to recognise the excellent work many are undertaking, usually in difficult circumstances.
“The Local Authority Energy Index looks at these successes and also seeks to better understand the barriers that have prevented some councils from doing more. By assessing successful solutions, we hope that the health benefits of warmer homes, and the local economic benefits of improving houses and other buildings, can be felt across the country. We foresee this Energy Index will add to existing knowledge and help to share best practice by benchmarking progress and activity, as well as offering a platform for debate.”
It is a known fact that UK Local Authorities have been under considerable financial constraints for the last few years and so this Energy Index reports on those Local Authorities responding to these challenges with innovative and forward-thinking energy programmes. Bristol City Council is a fine example of where it has been concentrating on engaging with the community and securing additional funding streams to finance energy initiatives.
Mareike Schmidt, Service Manager Energy at Bristol City Council explains: “We have over 180,000 properties that need to be improved over the next few years and so we have put together a £60 million contract with Climate Energy to retrofit homes in Bristol. We will be visiting every household in the city over the next four years to convince everyone to sign up to energy saving measures.” Warm Up Bristol is just of one of Council’s on-going large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes.
There is always room for improvement and things to learn from best practice. Knauf Insulation encourages the leadership within all Local Authorities to re-consider and re-invigorate their efforts in this vital area. To find out more about the Local Authority Energy Index please visit www.laenergyindex.co.uk where the report is available for download or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction of Party Wall cavities to energy calculations
With the new version of RdSAP now including heat loss via party walls in existing homes, I thought it would be worthwhile providing a little background on the reasons for the inclusion, and also the potential savings the inclusion could have on both the economy and the environment.
Previous versions of RdSAP did not take account of heat lost through uninsulated party cavity walls – mainly because it was traditionally believed that if the two homes either side of the party wall were heated, then there would be no heat transfer between the two dwellings and into the party wall cavity – sounds logical right?
However, since 2005 a detailed research programme into real energy performance of buildings identified that, contrary to popular belief, party walls with uninsulated cavities were actually subject to significant amounts of heat loss – for example, in a mid-terrace dwelling which was monitored as part of the research programme, it was found that the heat lost through the untreated party cavity wall was greater than that which was lost through all of the other external walls combined!
You can read the rest of Steve’s entry on our Built on Performance blog.
We also have supporting information relating to Party Wall insulation;
Labour MP visits Knauf Insulation St. Helens headquarters
Warm homes must be an infrastructure priority for the next Government. In support of Labour’s policy pledge to recognise the importance of energy efficiency, Shadow Energy Minister, Jonathan Reynolds MP, visited Knauf Insulation, the UK's leading insulation manufacturer at its St Helens headquarters.
Jonathan Reynolds MP said: “Installing energy efficiency measures in your home is one of the best ways households can get their energy bills under control. It was therefore a pleasure to visit Knauf Insulation today and to see the manufacturing process that lies behind making insulation.
“The Labour party is committed to helping households get their energy bills under control. As well as freezing energy prices up to 2017 and reforming the market, we will end this scandal of cold homes. We will provide personalised home energy reports for half a million homes a year, as well as offering up to a million interest-free loans to households during the next Parliament to help them with the costs of installing energy efficiency measures.
Josh Robson, Head of Public Affairs at Knauf Insulation comments: “Energy efficiency is the single most effective means of establishing lasting energy security and improving the warmth of homes across the UK. However, current policy is not giving certainty to manufacturers like Knauf Insulation, or the micro-businesses that help make homes across the UK more energy efficient by installing insulation.
“We are delighted to have been able to give Jonathan a view of what we do here in St Helens, and around the UK, and to share with him the challenges that need to be overcome if a difference is to be made to families in cold winters like this one is likely to be.”
Knauf Insulation wins Supplier of the Year at NBG Awards
Knauf Insulation is delighted to announce that for the second year running it has been presented with the Supplier of the Year award in the roofing and insulation category, at the National Buying Group (NBG) awards.
Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis presented the award during the annual conference and awards ceremony held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. John Gaunt, Commercial Manager at Knauf Insulation accepted the award.
Graham Wroe, Sales Director UK at Knauf Insulation, commented: “We are highly delighted at winning this award for the second year running. We firmly believe that developing strong relationships with our customers is key to an effective supply chain and so this is really great news, particularly as we have just secured a further four-year agreement with NBG.
“We’re very proud of this achievement as the teams work very hard to ensure the service to our customers is the best it can possibly be. We have invested heavily in a bespoke and dedicated service with access to two full time employees in the head office and two external sales support managers, plus additional contact from field based Sale Support Managers.”
Managing Director at NBG, Nick Oates said: “Knauf Insulation are very worthy winners of this award as they continually demonstrate a first class service to our members and have helped to significantly grow our business over the past 12 months. Well done!”
Under Knauf Insulation’s new agreement, we will be supplying NBG with a number of products, including Earthwool Loft Roll, Earthwool DriTherm and the new Earthwool OmniFit range. What’s more, merchants can operate a leaner and more efficient business thanks to our mixed load deliveries of its rock and glass mineral wool insulation. Delivered on one vehicle, the ‘Rock and Roll’ mixed load order facility reduces the amount of deliveries where multiple insulation types are necessary, and drastically cuts the amount of carbon emissions associated with transport.
Polyfoam ECO XPS insulation supplied to Center Parcs
In order to meet the environmental requirements for Center Parcs’ new Woburn Forest Village, Advanced Roofing approached Knauf Insulation for technical support, thanks to our expertise with inverted roofs and our reputable inverted roof system.
“From the early tender stages of this project right through to project completion, we worked closely with Knauf Insulation’s regional sales team and Specification Manager, Marc Lawson,” commented David Hartshorn from Advanced Roofing. “We turned to Knauf Insulation as we have worked with the company before on many other projects and knew that its wide range of insulation products would help us meet the project’s environmental requirements and the demands of an inverted roof application.
“The new 362-acre Center Parcs Village in Bedfordshire consists of modern lodges and leisure facilities including a subtropical swimming paradise, a spa and a variety of restaurants, as well as a corporate events venue – all of which have had Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam ECO Roofboard products installed to the roofs. With Center Parcs wanting to build a new Village that had excellent environmental credentials and thermal performance, we worked closely with Knauf Insulation’s Technical Support Team (TST) who provided us with thermal calculations.”
David continued: “This insulation product has an excellent compressive strength of 300 kPa, it is also very easy to handle and install which makes it perfect for use on all decks and roof build-ups – saving us money and time on site.”
CRASH No Christmas Card Appeal
Instead of sending cards to our suppliers and industry partners, we have chosen to support our corporate charity CRASH, by minimising the use of paper and donating money to the 2014 CRASH No Christmas Card Appeal.
The money raised through this appeal will enable CRASH, to construct and improve the buildings that give homeless men and women the opportunity to get off the streets and start rebuilding their lives.
To view our personalised Christmas e-card, please click below. Merry Christmas from all at Knauf Insulation!