Insulate Magazine Issue 15

Insulate Magazine featuring exclusive insulatIon articles and competitions from Mauer, BBA, NIA, 3M, and more. Essential construction industry resource

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As the front cover implies, this month’s insulate

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The February issue marks an exciting evolution for Insulate

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Are You Bricking It? 8

Thermal Facts - #Insulation


Cheap Insulation Changed the Industry? 10-11

Heated Behind Closed Doors 12-13

A Sound Opportunity


The Importance of Face Fit Testing


Key to the Industry's Success


Mauer Competition 20-21

Driving Up Quality


Putting Offsite in the Spotlight 26-28

New Government Quality Drive Support 29

GDPR General Data Protection Regulation 31-32

Climate Change and Our Carbon Footprint 34-35

Silence is Golden 36-37

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That’s all well and good, providing

they are working properly after

being properly tested and

assessed by industry experts.

Read More: Page 12

And because this is a magazine

about insulation and constrution,

another question is: could a

similar fate befall buildings that

don’t deliver their designed


Read More: Page 22

It is important to understand why

a specification has beeen made

as this sets the parameters for

exploring opportunities to value

engineer the solution

Read More: Page 14

Respiratory face fit testing

ensures that a chosen piece of

equipment is capable of sealing

adequately to a particular individual.

Read More: Page 14

There has been much positive

movement so far – more than we

could ever have expected - and

2018 is most definitely the year

for the gaps to be filled in the

Government’s aspirations.

Read More: Page 18

This work is extremely important

as it will clearly set out the

specifications and standards that

will apply to the installation of

insulation measures

Read More: Page 29

Whilst some improvements have

been made and plenty of homes

are better than they were, we

still have many homes that are

woefully inadequate...

Read More: Page 34

Acoustics is a vital build

consideration during the early

planning stages for both architects

and developers, to ensure a

comfortable and quiet

environment for occupants.

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Insulate Insight

Are you

Bricking it?

John Taylor, Technical Director at Euroform Products

The use of sheathing boards as part of a through-wall construction with timber or steel frame (SFS)

systems is not a new concept. Most will be confident in the competent installation of the sheathing

board in these applications, but given the wide range of sheathing boards available across the

market, John Taylor, Technical Director at Euroform Products, explains why the installation method for this

external finish needs careful attention.

Regardless of the external wall finish

to be used, there is an ever more

demanding requirement for sheathing

materials to not only be quicker

to install, but to also have the

capability to contribute towards the

securing of other elements within

the façade system.

Where a brick façade is concerned,

the challenge comes because not

all sheathing boards have pull-out

capability whilst remaining workable.

Those that do provide adequate

pull-out performance are able to

act as a potential contributor to

the securing back of any thermal


Importantly, sheathing materials better

suited to SFS will have a medium

density to help speed of install.

It is this density which enables the

product to be ‘scored and snapped’

as opposed to cutting using sawing

equipment on-site.

While these types of sheathing

board provide general practical onsite

benefits, when using with SFS,

particular attention must be paid to

the expansion gaps required and

the fixing types being used.

Although this might sound like common

sense, what few realise is that

the fixing types specified are not

merely ‘recommended’. Instead, the

sheathing board will have been systematically

tested for factors such

as loading and fire performance –

using the specified fixing type. Any

deviation from the fixing type, or the

profile of fixing methodology, will

mean the installation does not comply

with the specification that was

tested – and therefore performance

cannot be guaranteed.

Unlike façades where the carrier

rail and SFS will generally take the

load of the cladding tiles or panels;

with brick the sheathing board

plays a much more integral role in

the performance of the overall wall


As such, it is absolutely essential

that installation guidelines are followed

to the letter – playing particular

attention to the fixing type,

profile, expansion between board

joints and edge fixing distances.

The trend of using SFS with brick

is not expected to decline anytime

soon, which makes it a real

opportunity for contractors. So,

if you’re bricking it… make sure

you’re fixing it right.





Thermal Facts

The First Insulation

The earliest form of insulation was

during the Middle Ages, when the walls

of homes were stuffed with mud and

straw to keep out the cold

Asebestos Insulation

Asbestos insulation originated in

Ancient Greece. The term translates to

mean “inextinguishable.”

Harmful Asbestos

In the mid-1970s, home improvement

companies traded asbestos insulation

for fiberglass insulation after finding out

the harmful effects asbestos has on


Fibreglass Invention

Fiberglass was invented when a

young researcher named Dale Kleist

attempted to create a vacuum-tight

seal between two pieces of glass and

a high-pressure jet of air shot through

and turned them into fibers.

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Insulate debate is an exciting new addition to the February issue of Insulate

Magazine. Each month will feature a new insulation themed article, in which

readers are invited to join the discussion. The following month the best responses

will be printed in insulate magazine and featured online. You can send your responses

to this months article to news@insulatenetwork.com . Join the debate!

Has Cheap Insulation

Changed the Industry?

Has cheap insulation had a negative impact on the Industry by creating the perception it is a

commodity? Or has it created greater awareness for the need for people to insulate their homes to

improve energy efficiency and reduce energy bills? We take a look at the topic and put it over to you

to share your thoughts on the influence of free and cheap insulation.

Free and Cheap Insulation

Major Government lead campaigns such as the Green

Deal have been a significant driver in giving the perception

that insulation should be free or cheap. A simple

search for free insulation results in various credible websites

such as Which? , Money Saving Expert and gov.

uk informing searchers how they can get free insulation

from major energy suppliers such as Eon and NPower.

These websites carry significant mainstream influence

and are frequently the first port of call for people

looking for trustworthy advice on how to improve their


Short and Long Term Effects of Free Insulation

Whilst free insulation may not damage the industry

in the short term, what are the long term effects? If

insulation was cheap or free once how do you convince

people of its value in the future? As soon as the term

“insulation” is used are end-users or even people

involved in the construction process immediately

thinking of insulation as an inexpensive purchase? As

with many everyday items, if people get something

for free it’s hard to convince people to pay significant

amounts of money for it again in the future - is the immediate

thought process “how can I get this cheaper?”

Insulation Differentiation

If the difference in the free insulation compared to the

insulation you are purchasing is unclear, the process of

selling it becomes complicated. How do you convince

someone they need insulation in the floors if they are

convinced they only need it in the loft? What is different

about the insulation in the loft, compared to the insulation

in the floors and what does this insulation board do

compared to that.

Even worse, what if people don’t even realise it is

insulation? Something that is obvious to a

professional, may be completely new territory for a

individual. It begs the question is their enough clear and

accessible information to educate individuals on the

true value of different types of insulation in their property,

and sufficient information to convince them that

insulation is a worthwhile investment.

No Purchase Necessary

In everyday purchasing it’s extremely uncommon to get

something free without purchasing something else. In

a supermarket you might have to purchase two of a

certain item to get a third free. When purchasing a new

kitchen you might get one of the appliances for free as

a result of buying the rest of the range. There’s a deal to

be had but never a free for all that might seem the case

with insulation.

In these instances their is always a value attached to

the freebie, people know the value of these appliances

and items. For most Insulation isn’t a frequent purchase,

there isn’t a clear understanding of what it is worth and

therefore by getting insulation for free leaves the impression

that insulation will be cheap or even free in the


Insulation Visibility

When living in our homes we can’t see or feel

insulation. It operates in silence behind the scenes,

helping the end-user reduce energy bills or living in

quieter conditions. It’s not like a sofa we sit on, a carpet

under our feet or a decorated wall we can see. People

may feel warm in their homes but first instincts may be

to think the heating is on, or if it has anything to do with

insulation it’s because of what’s installed in the roof rather

than other areas of the living environment.

This lack of visibility, both visually and in the

subconscious can only stand to further devalue the

perception of insulation for the end-user and ultimately

those people specifying and installing product on a

development. If an occupants main concern is cosmetic,

it may be easier to cut corners on insulation to

ensure the end-user gets the visual experience they


Energy Saving Benefits

One of the areas where there is likely to be greater

understanding is the energy saving benefits of insulation

installation. Advisory websites indicate hundreds

of pounds per year can be saved per year as a result

of isulation being installed. But is this value as instantly

recognisable and therefore ultimately important, or

influential to an end-user? If a housebuilder says to the

future occupant we will give you free insulation, is this

as attractive as saying we will give you free carpets

and curtains? Even if the benefits of those items aren’t

as long term as the free insulation, their benefits are

instantly recognisable in their home and on their bank


The Value of Insulation

These topics raise some interesting points surrounding

the actual and perceived value of insulation. Is this a

non-issue? Or is it an underlying issue that effects the

seriousness in the merits of installing sufficient energy

saving insulation in homes, commercial buildings and


Join the Debate

Our favourite responses to this article will be printed

in next months issue, and will be featured online.

Send your responses via email to this address:


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Insulate Insight

Things Can Get Seriously Heated

Behind Closed Doors

The BBA’s Hygrothermal testing chamber

ensures thermal insulation materials are safe

and fit-for-purpose.

The thermal performance of a structure, whether it’s a

corporate office block, municipal building or a private

home, is greatly improved by External Wall Insulation

Systems (EWIS), such as External Thermal Insulation

Composite Systems (ETICS). Moreover, these systems

also support the effectiveness of materials and systems

installed by roofing contractors. That’s all well and good,

providing they are working properly after being properly

tested and assessed by industry experts.

BBA Test Services can test a range of ETICS, VETURES

and render systems for use on masonry, steel and timber

framed walls. In particular, it has the capabilities to meet

the testing requirements of ETAG 004, ETAG 17 and

MOAT 22.

The following are test areas related to ETICS,

incorporate all that’s necessary to maximise the

thermal performance of a building’s structure:


Monitoring the performance of materials after hygrothermal cycling to simulate the service life of the system.

Colour change measurements can also be taken after exposure to ultra violet light.

Energy efficiency and thermal performance

Procedures testing for thermal conductivity and resistance with the use of a sophisticated heat flow meter

installed in the BBA’s hi-tech test facilities in Watford. This large, state-of-the-art piece of equipment is UKAS

accredited and accurate to ±1.5%.

Hygrothermal testing

Utilising its ETAG 004 environmental chamber, BBA test experts apply heat/rain and heat/cold cycling procedures

plus heat/spray and freeze/thaw cycling.

Mechanical testing

Tests include resistance to hard and soft body impact, resistance to pull through of fixings, and bond strength

tests to ensure the systems are safe and secure.

Water penetration

Water absorption tests help predict and ensure the hygrothermal and freeze/thaw performance of a system,

while vapour transmission rates are essential for condensation risk analysis.


Focuses on a product’s ability to resist wind uplift, essential for high-rise buildings and exposed locations.




That’s all well and good,

providing they are working

properly after being

properly tested and

assessed by industry


In addition, the BBA tests a number of

other insulation product properties to

demonstrate suitability for other roof, wall

and floor applications.

BBA testing provides manufacturers of

ETICS and EWI products important

accreditation. Giving access to

CE Marking to relevant harmonized

standards, BBA Test Services are a

notified, UKAS accredited laboratory, and

associated test reports can be used to

obtain Agrément Certification, widely

considered to be the ultimate stamp of

product approval in the UK.

For more information about BBA

Certification services visit



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A Sound


Paul Absolon, Technical Director at CMS Danskin Acoustics, discusses why getting to grips with

the various treatments available can pay dividends when it comes to working with sound

reduction systems on-site.

Regardless of the type of development,

whether it is residential, commercial,

leisure or public sector, the effective control

of sound is a key consideration – both for

building regulation compliance and occupier

comfort. Moreover, given high levels of

impact sound often result in unwanted

noise travelling between spaces,

the floor is commonly

subject to an acoustic




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It is important to understand why a

specification has beeen made as this sets

the parameters for exploring opportunities

to value engineer the solution

Sound reduction systems will typically be specified

according to the acoustic performance which must

be achieved and the overall floor build up. At a basic

level, there are various solutions available which have

been specifically designed to work with certain types of

screeds and subfloor. However, there are also systems

available which are designed for more complex floor

constructions, such as those which integrate underfloor

heating or service lines.

Essentially, when tendering for a flooring package which

includes a specialist acoustic element, it is important to

understand why a specification has been made as this

sets the parameters for exploring opportunities to value

engineer the solution.

Scoping the Spec

Where a residential development is following the Robust

Detail (RD) route to Part E compliance, it is important

to understand the difference between a generic detail

and a proprietary RD. For example, if E-FC-15 is detailed

then only the Quietlay acoustic underscreed can

be used. It is the same principle with E-FC-6, as only

Regupol E48 screed isolation can be installed.

In contrast, a generic detail such as E-FC-1 does not

specify a specific brand name. Instead, a range of

acoustic cradle and batten build-ups – for which many

of the CMS Danskin Acoustic range of systems have

been approved – is available to choose from.

While the RD process simplifies the route to Part E

compliance and offers some flexibility over the final

choice of material (dependent on the type of RD), developments

which follow the Pre-Completion Testing (PCT)

route or non-residential projects present a much greater

opportunity to value engineer impact sound specifications.

Scoping the Spec

Once the degree of flexibility in the specification has

been identified, which is typically dictated by acoustic

and thermal performance as well as material

thickness and composition, the next step will be to

consult with acoustic product manufacturers to explore

all the options.

Although the role of this technical consultation may

initially be a simple costing exercise, with greater

engagement there is further scope for contract floor

installers to add wider value to the project. For example,

more experienced acoustic manufacturers who have

broad sound reduction product portfolios can conduct

a full review of the specification and make

recommendations on how improved performance could

be achieved with reduced floor height. This approach

often helps installers to deliver a more competitively

priced package as compared with the original specification,

whilst also demonstrating a thorough

understanding of the project requirements.

Moreover, to assist contract flooring installers with this

process, CMS Danskin Acoustics will attend project

meetings and provide on-site training if an installation

team has not previously used a particular impact sound


The number of sound reduction systems available in

the past few years has grown significantly, as has the

number of manufacturers and suppliers. Couple this

with what can often be a complex supply chain process

from design to installation, and trying to compete in a

competitive environment – can feel an impossible task.

However, by spotting a sound value engineering opportunity

at the initial point of tendering and then partnering

with an experienced acoustic manufacturer to see this

through to completion, the flooring package landscape

starts to look very different.



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Insulate Columnist

The Importance

of Face Fit Testing

Insulate Magazine columnist George Elliott, a technical specialist at science-based technology company 3M, explains the importance

of fit testing respiratory protective equipment

Respiratory protective

equipment (RPE) is critical

for many insulation activities

including protecting against

fine glass fibres while cutting

materials and avoiding dust hazards

when using a grinder – but

tight-fitting respirators must fit


The most common forms of RPE

are disposable and full or half-face

reusable respirators. These can be

suitable in a number of applications

but for these respirators to work

effectively, they must create an

adequate seal to the wearer’s face.

If this seal leaks, the wearer risks

breathing in unfiltered, potentially

hazardous contaminants in the air.

Even facial hair can affect this

seal, which is why the Health and

Safety Executive (HSE) stipulates

that those who wear tight-fitting

respirators must be clean shaven

under the area of the face seal.

Respiratory face fit testing ensures

that a chosen piece of equipment is

capable of sealing adequately to a

particular individual.

Testing should be carried out at the

earliest opportunity, before being

worn in hazardous environments. It

is also vital that face fit testing is undertaken

while the user is wearing

other Personal Protective Equipment

(PPE) required in their daily

work that may interfere with the seal

of the RPE.

For example, people wearing respirators

and protective eyewear often

adjust the seal of their respirator to

accommodate their eyewear or to

make it feel more comfortable, but

this can significantly reduce the level

of protection as it may no longer

provide an adequate seal to the


The importance of

Hearing Protection Equipment


While working in a noisy environment

- such as in the midst of a

busy construction project or on a

workshop floor - workers may have

to wear ear protection at all times.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations

(2005) require employers

to prevent or reduce risks to health

and safety from exposure to noise

at work[i].

Why is fit testing so important?

The consequences of using ineffective

RPE can be seriously harmful

for an individual, and also have an

effect on the business should an

employee wish to take action. According

to the HSE, some 12,000

people die each year as a result of

occupational respiratory diseases,

of which about two-thirds are

due to asbestos-related diseases

or chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease (COPD).

Appropriately fitting RPE is essential

in protecting against chemicals,

dust and glass fibres when cutting

insulation and mixing renders. The

fumes given off by welding and hot

cutting processes is a varying mixture

of airborne gases and very fine

particles, which if inhaled can cause

a number of respiratory diseases

including asthma and cancer.

How to test

In-house testing using a qualitative

taste test is common practice for

users of disposable respirators and

reusable half masks. This method

involves placing a hood over the

user’s head while they are wearing

their RPE and other PPE, then

spraying a fine mist of either a bitter

or a sweet-tasting solution into the

enclosed hood. During the test, if

the person can taste the mist, the

RPE is judged not to have formed

an adequate seal to the wearer’s

face and, therefore, the test is failed.

Two fails with the same item of RPE

usually indicates that the product

cannot provide an adequate seal

and, therefore, an alternative model

of RPE should be considered and fit


If the wearer cannot taste the mist

during the test, they have passed

the qualitative fit test.


Fit testing should be done on a

periodic basis, or whenever there

is a change that might affect RPE




Respiratory face fit testing

ensures that a chosen piece of

equipment is capable of sealing

adequately to a particular


For example, if the wearer either loses or gains a

significant amount of weight or undergoes dental

work, then the shape of their face may change,

which could affect the respirator seal.

If an employer decides to switch RPE models

entirely or a manufacturer makes significant

changes to the design of their product, fit testing

will again be required.

If in doubt, it is recommended that consumers

seek further advice from the manufacturer, to determine

whether fit testing will need to be repeated.

Fit testing can be conducted by a competent

person from inside the company, or by an external

service provider. Accreditation under the British

Safety Industry Federation’s Fit2Fit scheme is

a good way to judge the competence of testers,

although this is not a mandatory requirement.

3M offers a fit testing service delivered by Fit2Fit

accredited testers.

For more information on this topic,

or for information about the

selection and use of 3M PPE in the

workplace, call the 3M helpline on

0870 608 0060.


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The EEIG is Key

to the Industry's Success

Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA

“The EEIG is key to the industry’s success” a

government official told a group of political

stakeholders at a roundtable event in

December. They were speaking of the Energy

Efficiency Infrastructure Group’s (EEIG’s) campaign

- for a 20-year national infrastructure programme to

bring all UK homes up to a decent standard of energy

efficiency (EPC C by 2035), warmth and comfort

– and the comment underlines how far the EEIG has

come in the past year. There is still much more to

do, but the informal group, supported by a broad

church of over 25 organisations, and working with

others in the industry, has had notable successes

during 2017, including:

Government pledges around Energy Efficiency in the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. In particular

the aspirational target to have all homes up to EPC band C by 2035.

The National Infrastructure Commission announcing in its interim report that it would examine Energy

Efficiency as one of its infrastructure priorities as well as producing a stand alone report in spring 2018, prior

to the NIA in summer 2018.

A growing realisation amongst UK policy makers, the current government and its backbenchers that energy

efficiency as a policy priority is a necessity and “an open goal” in terms of its all-round social, economic and

health and well-being benefits.

There has been much positive movement so far – more than we could ever have expected - and 2018 is most definitely

the year for the gaps to be filled in the Government’s aspirations. The EEIG will be seeking:

Government to fill out the detail on how it will meet its target to have all homes up to EPC band C by 2035.

The National Infrastructure Commission to follow through in its final report (“Assessment”) on Energy


Initial spending commitments to be at a minimum outlined by the HM Treasury Budget at the end of the year.

The “how” we do it is perhaps for those who take a strong,

geeky interest in lobbying and public affairs. It focuses on

ensuring that government receives pressure from several

angles, and that multiple government departments and

political actors are engaged in pressing for change. Our

plan is supported by the armoury of EEIG communications

collateral tailored to our specific audiences and the widely

referenced and respected Frontier Economics report:



“Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”, that sets out

how we can deliver an energy efficiency infrastructure

programme for buildings (BEIP).

As part of the EEIG campaign strategy, we will be

building on our solid body of existing Parliamentary

support and “champion” MPs but also engage at a

higher level in government departments as well as

pulling together cross departmental cooperation and

communication. The EEIG will be focusing on how we

can deliver a BEIP programme and potential positive

outputs such as the resulting economic returns for the


After a plethora of consultation responses

which kept EEIG members insanely busy over

December and throughout the Christmas holidays,

2018 brings many important key policy dates. Non so

important as the Hackitt Review but also the National

Infrastructure Commissions standalone report on energy

efficiency. Areas such as the private rented sector

and energy performance standards bring us potential

opportunities for the EEIG to work together.

The EEIG currently has a wide and varied

membership (with over 25 members) and there

has been a good deal of interest from other groups

to join in the past few months and expanding the

membership will continue in 2018 – potential areas

such as the financial services and insurance sectors

- whilst the structure of the EEIG will remain inclusive

and informal.

There has been

much positive

movement so far –

more than we could

ever have expected

- and 2018 is most

definitely the year

for the gaps to be

filled in the



The EEIG is a coalition which represents those

who are committed to achieving change and

delivering good energy efficiency policy. We are not about

specific products, businesses or organisations but

committed to achieving the EEIG’s goals. So please

don’t be shy - come and join us!

Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of

MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers

Association and provides the secretariat to the Energy

Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG). For further details

of the EEIG or if you would like to join, please contact

Alasdair MacEwen at alasdair@theeeig.co.uk


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Mauer Competition

Technical Knockout

Ahead of the launch of their revolutionary

external wall insulation system, Mauer UK

have partnered with Insulate Network to bring

our readers the opportunity to see the UK Boxing

superstar Anthony Joshua take on Joseph Parker

at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31st


Living up to the headline “Technical Knockout”

Mauer UK Ltd has developed and designed a unique

external wall insulation (EWI) System to address the

challenges and obstacles faced in the current solid wall

insulation market. Mauer manufacture this product within

the UK.

Speaking ahead of the U.K. launch,

Mauer UK Director Matt Ratcliff said:

“Over 4 years of Research and Development has gone

in to the design and manufacture of our truly innovative,

patented Mauer EWI & Façade Systems.

From the outset we have stayed true to our core principal

– to help reduce Fuel Poverty in the UK and abroad. We

offer technically proven and cost-effective solutions, an

industry-leading Installer Site Support Service and can

rely on the support and expertise of our globally recognised

and respected supplier partners.

The challenge to create a Retrofit OSM EWI System that

offers a ‘virtually no wet trade on site solution’ must not

be underestimated. Through the use of 3D Laser-Scanning

of every property and in-house Water Jet Cutting

Technology, our highly skilled Design and Production

teams are able to produce a millimetre-accurate and quality-assured

EWI System, complete with a stunning brick

or stone façade, to remain in-keeping with the existing


We have immense pride in what we have achieved to

date, and have plans to bring further innovation to the

market in the near future.

As our official release to the market draws ever nearer, we

are thrilled to be working with Insulate Network and we

are looking forward to presenting the Mauer EWI System

in more detail next month.

Over the coming months, Insulate Network will be working

with Mauer to launch the system into the U.K. market,

with articles and an information point at this year’s

ecobuild at London’s Excel Exhibition Centre.”

Managing Editor at Insulate, Colin Heath said:

“We’ve been tracking the developments at Mauer for

some time now and are proud to be partnering for this

unique launch competition, the system is set to revolutionise

the EWI Market and what better way to launch

than with a heavyweight competition such as this”

Competition Entry

For a chance to win, simply head over to

www.insulatenetwork.com/enter_mauer and

answer this simple question:

Where is the Mauer system manufactured?

The winner will be announced on day three of

ecobuild and tickets will be dispatched via

recorded delivery to your address.

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Exclusive Insulate Column

Driving Up Quality

Paul Forrester Technical Editor, Insulate Magazine

Car manufacturers have long sold their

products on the basis of fuel efficiency and

emissions, despite most paying customers

knowing they won’t achieve those figures. Similar

awareness doesn’t yet exist for people looking to

buy a new home, but do changes in the automotive

industry hint at a different future in construction?

A 2014 edition of Audi Magazine, the customer magazinestomer

of Audi UK, carried an article about fuel performance

and carbon dioxide emissions figures for cars. As well as

describing how the tests are carried out, there was also an

explanation of the usefulness of the results.

It made for interesting reading, not least because of the

openness with which it talked about how little relevance

the test figures had for what would be achieved on the

road. The other striking thing about the piece was how

much resemblance its content bore to the construction industry.

Controlled Conditions

Tests must be “in strict adherence with European guidelines”

and have to be done in laboratory conditions because

the “infinite variations” in road conditions, weather

and driving style would make it impossible to test one vehicle

against another in the real world.

The in-situ testing of construction is almost non-existent,

with assessment being based around software, paperwork

and the limited policing of translating design intent to site.

Statements such as, “it is not practical to test every new

car” brought to mind building regulations that allow acoustic

or air pressure testing of a sample of dwelling types.

In explaining how the figures are “for guidance only” - but

that they allow for a comparison between models from one

manufacturer or different manufacturers - it was impossible

not to think of SAP and SBEM calculations being used

to assess building compliance, and Energy Performance

Certificates rating performance without accounting for occupant


Uncovering Truth

Of course, not long after the article’s publication, the

Volkswagen Group became engulfed in a scandal of its

own making through the revelations that it cheated emissions


With hindsight, it’s easy to be sceptical about any apparent

good intent in the magazine article because Audi is

part of the VW Group. In truth, however, any car manufacturer

could have written it, so the validity of comparisons

between the automotive and construction industries isn’t


If anything, the existence of an even bigger performance

gap between a car’s lab results and road performance only

serves to make the comparisons more relevant.

The reality of building performance is that energy use is

typically 30% higher once constructed than was predicted

at design stage. That is far too big a discrepancy to be explained

away by ‘infinite variations’ of occupant behaviour,

or site location and weather conditions.

Strength of Feeling

Once the full extent of the VW scandal became clear, it

was not uncommon to hear suggestions that the performance

of buildings - and housing specifically - should be

highlighted as a similar scandal in an effort to raise public


How outraged were people really, though? In 2016, the

VW Group became the number one car manufacturer in

the world in terms of sales.




And because this is a magazine

about insulation and construction,

another question is: could a similar

fate befall buildings that don’t deliver

their designed performance?




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While some of that could be attributed to growth in

China, it also suggested that other qualities of the brand

were enough to keep some - if not all - of its existing


The picture has started to change more recently, though.

2018 has brought reports of a reduction in sales of diesel

cars generally. The VW issue is seen as part of that, but

the biggest driver (pun intended) has been the messages

coming from Government.

A Taxing Problem

Talk of higher taxes on diesels - because of pollutants

other than carbon dioxide - and eventual outright bans

as part of tackling climate change, lead to the inevitable

question: why would anybody buy a diesel car right


And because this is a magazine about insulation and

construction, another question is: could a similar fate

befall buildings that don’t deliver their designed performance?

Already it feels like the tide could be starting to turn. Stories

about defect-ridden new homes seem to feature in

the mainstream media increasingly often. While that may

not be enough to fire widespread public anger, it can

only add to the pressure that is starting to come from a

few voices in the corridors of power for the delivery of

better quality construction.

Supply and Demand

In the automotive industry the tide has largely turned.

There are more than enough cars to meet demand, so

car companies now need to invest in an alternative vision

of the future. VW have committed to 70 billion Euros of

investment in a shift towards electric vehicles.

In construction, the incentive for volume housebuilders

to compete with one another for an alternative vision

doesn’t yet exist. 60% of new houses are built by just

ten companies; there are far too few houses to meet


Nipping it in the bud

Questioning the suitability of current housing stock in a

similar way to questioning diesel cars would risk

further damaging a housing market that the Government

already acknowledges is broken.

Why would anybody buy a diesel car right now? That’s

not for Insulate magazine to worry about, but we can

wonder about the day that low energy construction

becomes the norm - whether through public or official

pressure - and there’s a legitimate case for asking, why

would anybody buy an inefficient home right now?

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Exclusive Insulate Column

Putting Offsite in the


The latest dawn of offsite construction becoming mainstream is at least a

couple of years old now. It always feels as though a breakthrough is just

around the corner, but is that an invention of the media that supports it,

or might things be different this time? by Paul Forrester

Elsewhere in this issue we make comparisons between

the automotive and construction industries, and there

are consistent calls for construction to adopt the sort

of processes that have improved the quality of vehicles

rolling off manufacturers’ production lines - an approach

advocated in Sir John Egan’s report of 1998.

At the end of 2016, Mark Farmer wrote in his report,

Modernise or Die, that offsite is the “panacea for construction’s

ills”. It was the latest call to adopt alternative

manufacturing techniques intended to deliver the sort of

‘disruption’ that is arguably much needed and long overdue

in the industry.For the manufacturer, the most exciting

innovation might be unseen by the end user, such

as refining their factory processes to deliver the same

standard of product while reducing waste and improving

the efficiency of raw material use. That’s not as easy to

shout about as an interesting new product, however.

With limited advancements to be made in the performance

and physical dimensions of insulation products,

it makes sense to look at how products can benefit the

installer. After all, for as many people who ask how to

install a product before they start work, nearly as many

wait until the project is half built before they think to


People might be impressed by a radical new product

design, but that almost always relegates it to a niche

where uptake is slow. And if people do take a chance on

it, there’s a risk they’ll try to use like the products they’re

familiar with. For installers, innovation isn’t necessarily

the big leap - it’s addressing a shortcoming of an

existing product or installation technique.

The Technology


In talking about offsite,

you can draw parallels

with BIM. The revolution in

digitised building

information hasn’t quite

taken off yet, even though

pockets of the industry are doing amazing things with it.

Surveys highlight that the industry fully expects to be

using both BIM and offsite more widely in the coming

years, so awareness is not the issue. BIM and offsite are

likely to be intrinsically linked, since to fully exploit the efficiency

benefits of offsite manufacturing requires having

a handle on the tools that achieve better collaboration.

Defining Offsite

In the same way that ‘BIM’ can describe a number of

digital processes, so ‘offsite’ covers a variety of techniques

for delivering buildings. The majority of construction

can take place in a factory, with near-complete units

delivered to site, or components can be assembled on


Modular systems are already employed for hotels and

hospitals; while there are companies experimenting with

small on-site factories that deliver the benefits of offsite

in the location they’re needed - with the factory removed

once development of the site is complete. All are valid

offsite methods, but the spread




in the location they’re needed - with

the factory removed once development

of the site is complete. All

are valid offsite methods, but the

spread of experimentation means it

is harder to judge the potential longterm

success of one over another.

All are valid offsite methods, but the

spread of

experimentation means it is harder

to judge the potential long-term

success of one over another. Lack

of predictability in the market hurts

the speed with which it can prove

itself and be adopted more widely.

Committing to a factory capable of

delivering offsite solutions requires a

level of demand that will bring down

prices. But prices are too high to

create that demand, and there is an

understandable reluctance to invest

as a result

Breaking Point

What we do know is that the cost of

traditional construction is going up.

Figures suggest 35,000 new skilled

workers are required in the industry

purely for it to stand still. The skilled

workers already employed are

commanding higher wages, while

the overall shortfall in skills is resulting

in poorer quality and more


Demand from consumers, however,

continues to make traditional

construction the preferred solution,

backed up by a lack of innovative

financial products to support the

purchase of alternative solutions.

Social housing and the private

build-to-rent sector are therefore

seen as the sectors best placed

to drive up the demand for offsite.

Inevitably, London is also expected

to be a hub for offsite’s development,

where lessons learned can

be translated to other areas of the


Developing Solutions

A few products and systems have

made their way to market, with an

emphasis on combining an element

of offsite manufacture with the

familiarity of existing materials and


Only the manufacturers of those

systems can know how exactly

enthusiastic the uptake has been.

Attending a few trade shows, either

as a visitor or exhibitor, is enough to

see that while new ideas certainly

capture the imagination, converting

that excitement into specifications is

another matter entirely.

For as long as customers are

unwilling to take the plunge, what

incentive do manufacturers have

to explore different - in most cases

radically different - production

techniques when their factories

are kitted out and optimised for

exactly what the market currently


What Kind of Future do we


Returning to those automotive

comparisons for a moment, the big

oil and petroleum companies know

the future lies away from diesel and

petrol vehicles, but will do what they

can to keep themselves relevant for

as long as possible.

Has the time arrived when construction

product manufacturers

need to make a decision?

There’s a new horizon for the

delivery of buildings and, while

it might not be entirely new, it is

definitely different to what we’re

used to. Are product manufacturers,

including in the insulation

sector, willing to invest in that bold

new future, or happy to prioritise

the existing demand in order for the

status quo to endure for as long as


In Summary: Why Offsite is the Future

Speed of construction. The building fabric can be assembled while the groundworks are undertaken,

shaving months off project planning.

Reliability of materials and manufacture. Consistent processes in controlled conditions means better quality

and reliable, improved performance.

Lower costs - if offsite methods can be delivered at scale.

Flexibility. Offsite methods can be used to construct units in places where traditional construction struggles

(e.g. ‘infill’ units).

Less waste. Efficiency in terms of the material used in construction; potential to disassemble completed

units and re-use elsewhere.

Reduced site disturbance, and possible health and safety benefits, with fewer on-site processes.



A site for

sore eyes

Looking at the advantages of BBA Certification

As you well know, major construction work on building sites

involves a huge amount of product and materials checking, not

least to make sure everything meets the exacting requirements

of building regulations. This can be stressful at the best of times

and a helping hand is always welcome.

That’s why more and more people are coming to the BBA for

off-site certification of their products. For many years now, our

work in the offsite construction sector has brought peace of mind

to hundreds of architects and manufacturers alike.

BBA Agrément Certificates are widely read and respected by

industry decision-makers who want to select innovative products

that have been thoroughly assessed by the BBA. Our assessors

have decades of experience in evaluating Offsite Construction,

and we are currently assessing many new systems, adding to the

many already approved including insulated concrete formwork,

SIPs and framed systems.

Of course, our main focus is on the requirements of Building

Regulations — not just in England and Wales, but also in Scotland

and Northern Ireland. But we go much further than that. We

want to ensure that a system is not only waterproof, warm and

structurally sound; it has to be durable, too. No-one wants to buy

a system with a short life expectancy, so we seek to ensure that it

will last for an appropriate period of time.

Neither are our assessments simply desk exercises. As well as

testing, we go out to the factory to check system documentation

and control, making sure that the specification we approve is

capable of being produced consistently.

We also go out on site to see units being offloaded and installed.

That’s because we know that what may seem simple when

explained in a dry office or factory can turn out to be very

different on a building site.

Once we have gathered data from testing, factory inspections

and site surveillance, we consider how we can use it to establish

that the requirements of Building Regulations and other statutory

or non-statutory documents have been met.

BBA Agrément Certificates are regarded as quite simply the best

assurances you can get for your off-site products. With BBA’s 50

years of unrivalled expertise in building and construction

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Insulate Columnist

NIA Supports New

Government Quality Drive

Insulate Magazine columnist Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association

As part of the Governments

Each Home Counts

recommendations, British

Standards Institution (BSI) has

been appointed by the

Department of Business, Energy

and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to

review and revise the existing

PAS2030:2017 (specification

for the installation of energy

efficiency measures in existing

buildings) and develop a new

PAS2035 specification for

energy efficient retrofit of

domestic buildings which will

clearly set out the standards for

the installation of each energy

efficiency measures. BSI

hosted a stakeholder

engagement workshop on

10th January 2018 to brief key

organisations on the work

involved and seeking their

support – I attended the event

on behalf of the National

Insulation Association (NIA).

This work is extremely important

as it will clearly set out the

specifications and standards that

will apply to the installation of

insulation measures. The existing

PAS2030 is a little complicated and

there are some aspects that are

open to interpretation however, this

project provides the opportunity to

simplify matters and remove any

ambiguity ensuring that all installers

will install to a common, uniform


The NIA will be represented on the

PAS2030 and PAS2035 Steering

Groups and the Measures Experts

Groups and the intention is for

these new specifications to be

introduced in October 2018 alongside

the new Energy Company

Obligation (ECO) and Each Home

Counts Quality Mark.

At the NIA we are very supportive of

Each Home Counts as it provides a

vehicle to ensure quality

installations are delivered on a

consistent basis and instil confidence

in policy makers, specifiers

and householders. In addition to

contributing to the development of

the new specifications, we will be

ensuring that our members are kept

up to date and provide advice and

guidance to help them comply with

the new standards.

Furthermore we are also working

with the British Electrical Allied

Manufacturers Association

(BEAMA) in developing new industry

guidance which will clearly set out

minimum ventilation requirements

when installing insulation. We are

also advising the Scottish

Government on the new quality

framework they are currently

developing for Government funded


For more information about all

the work above and

membership of the NIA

please email





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General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation

(GDPR) will affect every organisation that

collects, handles or processes any form of

data where an individual is personally identifiable.

It covers employee, supplier, client and prospect

and marketing data – from the Post Room to the

Board Room.

The new legislation comes into force on 25th May, 2018

and replaces the current Data Protection Act. In basic

terms, it is an upgrade and gives individuals far more

control over how organisations can use, store or transfer

their data. It requires organisations to be more transparent

and accountable regarding their use and handling of

personal data.

There is a lot of miss-guided information circulating,

which should be addressed:

Brexit means nothing. The Data Protection Bill is

going through Parliament and this will be known as

the Data Protection Act 2017.

Compliance with the current Data Protection Act,

or being ISO certified does not render you compliant

with GDPR – there are marked differences.

GDPR is not Y2K all over again. GDPR compliance

is a Regulation - a legal requirement - with

the potential for fines to be administered in the event of


There are three key terms to consider when preparing

for GDPR.

Accountability – you will need to document and

account for all data you have in-house and decisions

you make in the GDPR preparation process.

If you can document and justify your legal basis for

processing, then this is your case for retaining the


Transparency – be open and transparent with the

data subject as to what you will be doing with the

data and why. What third parties will have access to

the data?

Trust – if you achieve the accountability and

transparency stages, then you gain the trust of the

data subject.

The benefits of getting it

right and embracing

GDPR are huge



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With these key terms in mind,

a summary of the stages of preparation:

Data maps should be created to identify where data is held, its journey and the touch points throughout the

organisation. Ask how it was collected / generated? Where did it come from? how is it used? How long

do you keep it for? Who is it shared with, and how? Most importantly, can you identify your legal basis for

holding and processing it?

You should consider re-training staff, if only to make them aware of the changes and how the organisation

will be adapting. This could be the difference between a tight ship and a damaging, avoidable breach.

Your client / supplier agreements will need to be reviewed with privacy in mind – especially those relating to

data transfers into and out of the business.

Your Privacy Notice should be updated to include the new and updated rights for individuals such as withdrawal

of consent, right to be forgotten, subject access requests and data portability. Your Privacy Notice

should explain precisely how the organisation uses data – if it’s not included in this document, then you

can’t do it.

As the data controller or processor, you share joint responsibility with your suppliers (especially lead generators)

to ensure that data is collected in a way the satisfies the new consent guidelines.

You should ensure your IT systems offer adequate levels of security for any data stored within it. If you use

hosted servers, it will be your responsibility to ensure the security satisfies the GDPR.

You may have to provide accountable evidence of your GDPR preparation (and on-going testing / auditing)

when submitting contract tenders. You are unlikely to win tenders if your organisation is unable to offer the

required level of protection for personal data.

The benefits of getting it right and embracing GDPR are huge:

You give individuals a genuine choice and on-going control over how their data is used. This builds on customer

confidence – ensuring your organisation is transparent and accountable.

It enables you to get a better understanding of the data you have in-house and that data is of premium

quality – you only hold what you need, rather than what you’d like.

Only holding the data you need minimises the risk and liability in case of a breach. If you don’t hold it, you

can’t lose it!

GDPR is huge task and affects every single business and organisation in the UK that holds personal data – nobody

is excluded, and ignorance is not an excuse. If you’d like to discuss how GDPR is likely to affect your business, then

please contact DAMM Solutions – our team offer specialist advice across all industry sectors.

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Insulate Columnist

Climate Change

and Our Carbon Footprint

Simon Storer, Chief Executive of Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA)

Global warming issues are once again in the news and I have been watching with interest

developments at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the evidence is loud and clear that we

have an urgent need to curb emissions if we are going to come anywhere near the ambitious 2050

climate change targets.

As in previous years, climate change

and carbon emissions featured

prominently at the WEF this year.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra

Modi used his opening address to

warn us of the effects that exploitation

of natural resources could have

on humanity, while Anand Mahindra,

co-chair of the WEF and chairman of

one of India’s largest conglomerates

described cutting carbon emissions

as not only good for the

environment, but a commercial

opportunity. He said: “Everything

that our group of companies have

done to try and improve energy or to

reduce greenhouse gases, has

actually given us a return” and

pointing out that over the last five

years Mahindra (the conglomerate)

has saved almost 60 million kWhs

of energy - enough to supply power

to 15,000 homes. French President

Emmanuel Macron also urged

listeners to take heed of calls for

action on climate change and laid

out his ambition to make France “a

model in the fight against climate

change”, with plans to phase out


In stark contrast, the message

from the United States of America

couldn’t have been more different –

after pulling the US out of the Paris

climate agreement in one of his first

acts as President, and his recent tax

levied against imported solar panels,

it’s unsurprising that Donald Trump

didn’t mention climate change or

carbon emissions at all in his


However, the WEF’s website is

thankfully quite positive about the

future potential for action on climate

change, stating: “By being more

innovative and efficient, and working

with suppliers and local economies,

companies are finding ways to cut

carbon and costs. Between now and

2030, the world will spend $90 trillion

on infrastructure. How those investments

are directed will make all the


They go on to state that we have a

choice: to lock in backwards-looking

technologies, or to spend this $90

trillion investment on sustainable

projects: “Companies that prioritise

clean technology, like renewables,

and avoid investing in high-carbon

infrastructure are not only being

environmentally responsible, they

are also future-proofing their growth

by factoring in long-term risk and

positioning themselves as winners of

the low-carbon economy.”

So how does all of this affect us?

In Europe around 40% of the energy

used is in buildings and up to 60% of

that comes from heating and

cooling, with much of that energy

coming from the burning of fossil

fuels. Installing high performing insulants

such a PIR into our

buildings (which are currently

amongst the least energy efficient in

Europe) is one of the simplest and

most cost-effective ways to reduce

energy demand and cut CO2.

Over the past 15 years or so, there

has been a range of policies and

initiatives to improve the building

stock. Whilst some improvements

have been made and plenty of

homes are better than they were,

we still have many homes that are


inadequate, with occupants and

owners living in fuel poverty without

the means to upgrade their property

or without the understanding of how


The PIR industry is ready and waiting

to meet the challenge to improve all

existing buildings. Via participation in

the work of the Each Home Counts

initiative we are working with



others to ensure that energy efficiency

measures are effective through good

design and installation procedures and

that compliance and redress routes are in

place to ensure this happens.

At a time when the construction industry

is faced with change and political

uncertainty, the PIR insulation industry is

well poised to help deliver better

performing buildings both now and in

the future, as well as playing a part in the

UK achieving the ambitions of the Paris

climate agreement.

For more information about

Insulation Manufacturers Association

visit the official website:


Whilst some improvements

have been made and

plenty of homes are better

than they were, we still have

many homes that are

woefully inadequate...


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Insulate Columnist

Silence is Golden

Duncan Voice, Store Manager, Insulation Superstore

The UK population is on the increase and recent

ONS research predicts that by 2024, some

urban areas, such as London, expect

populations to increase by as much as 24%. With

more people looking to live and work in the world’s

largest cities, along with the UK Government

recently pledging to build 300,000 new homes to

cope with rapidly expanding populations, space will

become more limited in the coming years.

With commercial and residential space becoming more

compact to satisfy demand, developers are now turning

to innovative build solutions to make the most of every

square inch. This includes creating more open-plan office

areas, micro flats or mixed-use developments. Urban

neighbours are sometimes just a few feet apart so,

acoustics is a vital build consideration during the early

planning stages for both architects and developers, to

ensure a comfortable and quiet environment for


The market for acoustic insulation products is expected

to grow by over 5% by 2023*, and alongside an increase

in demand, there are now hundreds of acoustic

insulation materials available to suit every type of build.

When considering acoustic insulation, attention should

focus on those which provide excellent and consistent

acoustic performance qualities; impeding the

transmission of sound through a structure or absorbing

it into the surrounding surface area to reduce the impact

of external noise pollution, as well as loud neighbours in

adjoining rooms.

With so many options available

across the market, Duncan Voice,

Store Manager at Insulation

Superstore, outlines five

products he would recommend for

floor, wall and ceiling applications.


Soundboard 3

For those living in


buildings, noise

can be a major

issue which, if not

addressed, can have a severe

negative affect on the

wellbeing of occupants. Utilising

three different sound-proofing

technologies, all laminated together

for easy installation, Sound Board

3 is a high-density, gypsum-based,

direct to wall acoustic

sound-proofing board.

Ideal for blocking noise from

televisions and radios, as well as

muffled talking from adjoining rooms,

it is an excellent solution for

apartment blocks and micro-flats,

offering exceptional performance and

exceeding the new Building

Regulations Part E target of 43Db by

almost 10% when applied to a brick

or block wall.

Easily applied to any flat or level surface

with nine screws per board, it is

also quick and easy to install.


JCW Impactalay

Plus Acoustic

Floor Insulation

Noise doesn’t

just travel through

walls but also

floors, and the

application of high-quality


materials is key to protecting

occupants from noisy neighbours

overhead. The JCW Impactalay

Plus Acoustic Floor Insulation is a

complete sound-proofing solution,

comprising of three acoustic layers

that work together to address impact

and airborne noise.

Manufactured using an acoustic

foam resilient layer, sandwiched

between two further layers of weight



further layers of weight-enhancing barrier mat,

Impactalay is cost-effective and simple to install, and is

suitable for timber floors as well as all other finishes –

including carpets, laminate and vinyl.


Rockwool RWA45

Acoustic Insulation Slab

In the wake of the 2017 Grenfell

Tower tragedy, fire safety is a topic

that continues to dominate the

construction industry and is a crucial

consideration during the specification of insulation

materials for high-rise apartment blocks. In turn,

manufacturers have responded by creating innovative

and potentially life-saving materials with a raft of

benefits, addressing not only the issue of noise, but also

fire safety, energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

Alongside its high performing acoustic and thermal qualities,

Rockwool’s RWA45 Acoustic Insulation Slab offers

excellent fire insulation and is certified to EN 13162.

Made from volcanic rock, the product range consists of

resin bonded slabs, available in a variety of thicknesses

and densities, making it an ideal solution for residential



JCW Noise Blocker

Suspended Ceiling Panels

With over 454,700 people

employed in the City, commercial

space is now

considered a hot commodity on the UK property market.

Noise reduction is not only essential in a residential

setting, but also within a workplace, where noise

pollution or disruption can negatively impact employee

productivity and business performance.

To tackle this problem, the JCW Noise Blocker

Suspended Ceiling Panel is designed for use in

suspended ceiling grid systems to minimise room-toroom

noise transfer by up to 26 decibels, and can be

used in all types of industrial, retail and commercial new

or retrofit developments. Noise blockers like this will also

reduce vertical sound transmission between floors, and

from services within the ceiling void.

Suitable for most ceiling systems, noise blockers are

simply placed onto the back of the ceiling tile and can be

installed with the ceiling or as a retrofit.


Marley Eternit

Fibre Cement Roofing Sheets

Popular in quirky commercial spaces

such as bars and restaurants, some

architects and developers are using

a corrugated roof style within designs for residential

properties. This product has been created for acoustic

insulation for the comfort of dairy cows, by reducing

the noise from weather elements. Developed by Marley

Eternit, these roofing sheets are available in a range of

colours and are generally painted to give a weathered

look. They do not rust or rot and are made from a 100%

recyclable material.

Visit www.insulationsuperstore.co.uk for more

information on their thermal and acoustic product

solutions .

Acoustics is a vital build consideration

during the early planning stages for

both architects and developers, to

ensure a comfortable and quiet

environment for occupants.



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