Insulation Talk - January 2015
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....
- Knauf Insulation's new Sustainability Report celebrates landmark achievements
- Cold Homes Week; Monday 2nd - Friday 6th February
- Supafil Party Wall - with Blue Wool Technology
- New faces to Polyfoam Management Team
- Knauf Insulation supports CRASH and MoCoCo House
- Knauf Insulation all for amazing spaces with George Clarke
Knauf Insulation's new Sustainability Report celebrates landmark achievements
Knauf Insulation has launched its fifth sustainability report since we established our ambitious 2020 sustainability mid-term aims. In addition to achieving zero waste to landfill for all four of our UK manufacturing plants in 2013, we‘re pleased to announce that we have reduced energy use by 14% and cut CO2 emissions by 12%.
“We are at an important mid-point in this sustainability journey and I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved,” said the company’s CEO Tony Robson. “As a company we are continually expanding into new territories but thanks to the hard work of everyone at Knauf Insulation we continue to be on track to achieve our 2020 goals.”
Through interviews and case studies, the report describes the company’s key achievements and also showcases the innovations that are establishing Knauf Insulation as sustainability pioneers in the insulation industry.
Furthermore, by talking to homeowners, installers and world influencers the report also examines how renovation not just saves energy and money, but also has the power to transform lives.
“Our fifth sustainability report is quite different, with more detail than ever about our sustainability progress. But our message remains timeless. Now more than ever, it’s time to save energy,” concluded Tony Robson.
To download your copy of Knauf Insulation’s 2014 sustainability report, please visit http://www.knaufinsulation.com/en/sustainability_downloads
Cold Homes Week: Monday 2nd - Friday 6th February
To raise awareness about the suffering of the fuel poor, a dedicated week of activity has been planned.
Cold Homes Week starts Monday 2nd to Friday 6th February. Over 30,000 people died of the cold last winter and millions have to make the choice between heating and eating due to high energy bills.
The only permanent solution is to make UK homes super energy efficient. The Energy Bill Revolution is calling on the Government to use carbon tax to super-insulate UK homes.
See how you can get involved;
A thunderclap has been set up as a further way to be involved in the Big Tweet. Tweets and Facebook posts are held and collectively they will be released at the same time.
- Mass MP Email
Thousands of emails will be sent to local MPs calling on them to bring down winter deaths and end fuel poverty. 251 MPs are currently supporting the campaign - you can find out if your MP is one of them by visiting http://www.energybillrevolution.org/coldhomesweek/ and entering your postcode.
- Selfie in a Scarf
The Energy Bill Revolution are asking the public to show their support by tweeting pictures of themselves in scarves using #WarmForLife hashtag.
Further information regarding the Energy Bill Revolution and Cold Homes Week can be found at http://www.energybillrevolution.org/
Supafil Party Wall - with Blue Wool Technology
Following customer feedback and extensive product development, Supafil Party Wall insulation now has a blue colouration. This is intended to help site managers and operatives to quickly ensure they have the right material being applied in the right wall construction, and so realise the thermal and acoustic performance expected.
Easier product identification is just one of the benefits of using Supafil Party Wall. House builders also gain further advantage in their constructions such as:
- Robust Detail, E-WM-28, which negates the need for both a parge coat and acoustic pre-completion testing, thus contributing to faster, simpler and more cost-effective construction
- Contributes to a zero effective U-value when compiling SAP calculations and so makes compliance with building regulations easier
- Efficient and quick installation by approved technicians meaning that brick layers can build walls more quickly and easily
- Dry installation process thus avoiding the effects of weather on construction schedules
- No product storage on site making site management easier
- Fully fills the cavity providing a high level of thermal performance saving home owners money in heating bills.
For further information on our Supafil Blown Cavity Wall Insulation, you can view our YouTube Channel.
New faces to Polyfoam Management Team
Underpinning the service and product offering of Knauf Insulation's Polyfoam ECO XPS, Ian Exall and Karen Everitt have recently joined the Polyfoam Management Team at Hartlepool to work closely with the General Manager, Stuart Bell and Financial Analyst, Gemma Hurst.
As Business Development Manager and Product Manager, Ian and Karen bring a wealth of experience from within the construction manufacturing industry, having previously worked in a number of large businesses.
The products manufactured at Hartlepool have been extensively tested by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and are the only range of extruded polystyrene (XPS) products to have been independently assessed to achieve a Certified Green Guide Rating of ‘A’.
We also pride ourselves on being responsive to customer needs. Following customer feedback, the business has decided to introduce a new service offering to our customers. From January 2015, all Polyfoam orders greater than a full vehicle delivered direct to site, will receive one balance load delivery free of any additional carriage charges.
Knauf Insulation supports CRASH and MoCoCo House
In order to help CRASH – the construction and property industry’s charity for the homeless – transform an old bus garage into nine self-contained bedsits, for a Cheshire based charity, we donated 65 rolls of our Earthwool® Loft Roll insulation.
Recent figures show that more than half of teenagers leaving local authority care are being placed in unsafe and unsuitable accommodation. Therefore, MoCoCo has been working with CRASH to refurbish premises to create appropriate accommodation for young adults.
The former bus garage was first turned into a café and youth centre before being acquired by Middlewich Community Churches. MoCoCo approached CRASH for help to transform the inhabitable building into living quarters with a warden flat, a training room and a small laundry room. Working alongside fellow CRASH Patron companies, Knauf Insulation donated Earthwool Loft Roll to improve the thermal and acoustic performance of the building.
Jeanette Davidson, MoCoCo House’s Centre Manager said: “MoCoCo House, which could not have been established without CRASH, will provide a safe, secure and supportive environment to help homeless young adults grow and develop and be empowered to manage their own life for the future.”
Our Earthwool Loft Roll insulation provides outstanding thermal performance, which will deliver the young adults a warm and sound environment to enjoy.
Chair of MoCoCo House Trustees, David Moore, commented: “For many years we have helped a small number of young people as they make the transition into adult life by supporting their housing needs and we’re now pleased to launch MoCoCo House, which will make a real difference. Indeed we already have our first resident, a young man who moved into the house before Christmas. Therefore, I’d like to thank CRASH and all of its patrons helping us to achieve our MoCoCo House dream.”
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Knauf Insulation all for amazing spaces
With excellent thermal and acoustic properties, our Earthwool products have been installed to a project featured on Channel Four’s popular TV programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. The project was undertaken to demonstrate what could be built within permitted development rights.
The project was managed by Hamish Boden from William Hardie Design who commented: “We were given the task to create a garden studio, snug den and butterfly house within a small London garden for George Clarke and his children, The challenge was to create something beautiful and enhance the outdoor living space. However, we wanted to build this new structure under permitted development rights, to show the programme’s viewers that it is a possible achievement.
“One of the main objectives of the build was to make the most of the available space, we kept the wall build up to a minimum and utilised every millimetre available. For that reason choosing the right products was key; we required building materials that were readily available and wouldn’t compromise the design or function. Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool insulation products ticked all the boxes as the thermal and acoustic characteristics allowed us to maintain a high level of insulation in a minimal build up, making the building functional all year round.”
“As a designer you are often met with challenging briefs and it’s a real blessing when you discover products that meets the project’s requirements. We managed to construct this new building in four weeks and thanks to Knauf Insulation’s easy to handle products the installation process only took one day - contributing significantly to the overall project build.” concluded Hamish.