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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Contents<br />

As the front cover implies, this month’s insulate<br />

magazine is a technical knockout! Packed with<br />

essential insulation we are sure you will be<br />

better informed for existing and upcoming projects.<br />

We Introduce MAUER who are due to launch their<br />

revolutionary EWI system to the market next month, get<br />

involved in their competition on page 20<br />

The February issue marks an exciting evolution for <strong>Insulate</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>. New features including #Insulation, <strong>Insulate</strong> Debate<br />

strengthen the excellent line-up of articles our readers have<br />

become familiar with.<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> for free at:<br />

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Enjoy the mag,<br />

Colin Heath<br />

Managing Editor<br />

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Instant <strong>Insulate</strong><br />

4<br />

Are You Bricking It? 8<br />

Thermal Facts - #Insulation<br />

9<br />

Cheap Insulation Changed the Industry? 10-11<br />

Heated Behind Closed Doors 12-13<br />

A Sound Opportunity<br />

14-<strong>15</strong><br />

The Importance of Face Fit Testing<br />

16-17<br />

Key to the Industry's Success<br />

18-19<br />

Mauer Competition 20-21<br />

Driving Up Quality<br />

22-24<br />

Putting Offsite in the Spotlight 26-28<br />

New Government Quality Drive Support 29<br />

GDPR General Data Protection Regulation 31-32<br />

Climate Change and Our Carbon Footprint 34-35<br />

Silence is Golden 36-37<br />

Jamie Street<br />

Head of Creative<br />

jamie@insulatenetwork.com<br />

@jamie_insulate<br />

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Paul Forrester<br />

Technical Editor<br />

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instant insulate<br />

A quick look at what is in store in this months issue of <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Head over to page 9 for five thermal facts and #insulation<br />

That’s all well and good, providing<br />

they are working properly after<br />

being properly tested and<br />

assessed by industry experts.<br />

Read More: Page 12<br />

And because this is a magazine<br />

about insulation and constrution,<br />

another question is: could a<br />

similar fate befall buildings that<br />

don’t deliver their designed<br />

performance?<br />

Read More: Page 22<br />

It is important to understand why<br />

a specification has beeen made<br />

as this sets the parameters for<br />

exploring opportunities to value<br />

engineer the solution<br />

Read More: Page 14<br />

Respiratory face fit testing<br />

ensures that a chosen piece of<br />

equipment is capable of sealing<br />

adequately to a particular individual.<br />

Read More: Page 14<br />

There has been much positive<br />

movement so far – more than we<br />

could ever have expected - and<br />

2018 is most definitely the year<br />

for the gaps to be filled in the<br />

Government’s aspirations.<br />

Read More: Page 18<br />

This work is extremely important<br />

as it will clearly set out the<br />

specifications and standards that<br />

will apply to the installation of<br />

insulation measures<br />

Read More: Page 29<br />

Whilst some improvements have<br />

been made and plenty of homes<br />

are better than they were, we<br />

still have many homes that are<br />

woefully inadequate...<br />

Read More: Page 34<br />

Acoustics is a vital build<br />

consideration during the early<br />

planning stages for both architects<br />

and developers, to ensure a<br />

comfortable and quiet<br />

environment for occupants.<br />

Read More: Page 36<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Insight<br />

Are you<br />

Bricking it?<br />

John Taylor, Technical Director at Euroform Products<br />

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

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

board in these applications, but given the wide range of sheathing boards available across the<br />

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

external finish needs careful attention.<br />

Regardless of the external wall finish<br />

to be used, there is an ever more<br />

demanding requirement for sheathing<br />

materials to not only be quicker<br />

to install, but to also have the<br />

capability to contribute towards the<br />

securing of other elements within<br />

the façade system.<br />

Where a brick façade is concerned,<br />

the challenge comes because not<br />

all sheathing boards have pull-out<br />

capability whilst remaining workable.<br />

Those that do provide adequate<br />

pull-out performance are able to<br />

act as a potential contributor to<br />

the securing back of any thermal<br />

insulation.<br />

Importantly, sheathing materials better<br />

suited to SFS will have a medium<br />

density to help speed of install.<br />

It is this density which enables the<br />

product to be ‘scored and snapped’<br />

as opposed to cutting using sawing<br />

equipment on-site.<br />

While these types of sheathing<br />

board provide general practical onsite<br />

benefits, when using with SFS,<br />

particular attention must be paid to<br />

the expansion gaps required and<br />

the fixing types being used.<br />

Although this might sound like common<br />

sense, what few realise is that<br />

the fixing types specified are not<br />

merely ‘recommended’. Instead, the<br />

sheathing board will have been systematically<br />

tested for factors such<br />

as loading and fire performance –<br />

using the specified fixing type. Any<br />

deviation from the fixing type, or the<br />

profile of fixing methodology, will<br />

mean the installation does not comply<br />

with the specification that was<br />

tested – and therefore performance<br />

cannot be guaranteed.<br />

Unlike façades where the carrier<br />

rail and SFS will generally take the<br />

load of the cladding tiles or panels;<br />

with brick the sheathing board<br />

plays a much more integral role in<br />

the performance of the overall wall<br />

build-up.<br />

As such, it is absolutely essential<br />

that installation guidelines are followed<br />

to the letter – playing particular<br />

attention to the fixing type,<br />

profile, expansion between board<br />

joints and edge fixing distances.<br />

The trend of using SFS with brick<br />

is not expected to decline anytime<br />

soon, which makes it a real<br />

opportunity for contractors. So,<br />

if you’re bricking it… make sure<br />

you’re fixing it right.<br />

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Thermal Facts<br />

The First Insulation<br />

The earliest form of insulation was<br />

during the Middle Ages, when the walls<br />

of homes were stuffed with mud and<br />

straw to keep out the cold<br />

Asebestos Insulation<br />

Asbestos insulation originated in<br />

Ancient Greece. The term translates to<br />

mean “inextinguishable.”<br />

Harmful Asbestos<br />

In the mid-1970s, home improvement<br />

companies traded asbestos insulation<br />

for fiberglass insulation after finding out<br />

the harmful effects asbestos has on<br />

lungs.<br />

Fibreglass Invention<br />

Fiberglass was invented when a<br />

young researcher named Dale Kleist<br />

attempted to create a vacuum-tight<br />

seal between two pieces of glass and<br />

a high-pressure jet of air shot through<br />

and turned them into fibers.<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong>debate<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> debate is an exciting new addition to the February issue of <strong>Insulate</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>. Each month will feature a new insulation themed article, in which<br />

readers are invited to join the discussion. The following month the best responses<br />

will be printed in insulate magazine and featured online. You can send your responses<br />

to this months article to news@insulatenetwork.com . Join the debate!<br />

Has Cheap Insulation<br />

Changed the Industry?<br />

Has cheap insulation had a negative impact on the Industry by creating the perception it is a<br />

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

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

to share your thoughts on the influence of free and cheap insulation.<br />

Free and Cheap Insulation<br />

Major Government lead campaigns such as the Green<br />

Deal have been a significant driver in giving the perception<br />

that insulation should be free or cheap. A simple<br />

search for free insulation results in various credible websites<br />

such as Which? , Money Saving Expert and gov.<br />

uk informing searchers how they can get free insulation<br />

from major energy suppliers such as Eon and NPower.<br />

These websites carry significant mainstream influence<br />

and are frequently the first port of call for people<br />

looking for trustworthy advice on how to improve their<br />

homes.<br />

Short and Long Term Effects of Free Insulation<br />

Whilst free insulation may not damage the industry<br />

in the short term, what are the long term effects? If<br />

insulation was cheap or free once how do you convince<br />

people of its value in the future? As soon as the term<br />

“insulation” is used are end-users or even people<br />

involved in the construction process immediately<br />

thinking of insulation as an inexpensive purchase? As<br />

with many everyday items, if people get something<br />

for free it’s hard to convince people to pay significant<br />

amounts of money for it again in the future - is the immediate<br />

thought process “how can I get this cheaper?”<br />

Insulation Differentiation<br />

If the difference in the free insulation compared to the<br />

insulation you are purchasing is unclear, the process of<br />

selling it becomes complicated. How do you convince<br />

someone they need insulation in the floors if they are<br />

convinced they only need it in the loft? What is different<br />

about the insulation in the loft, compared to the insulation<br />

in the floors and what does this insulation board do<br />

compared to that.<br />

Even worse, what if people don’t even realise it is<br />

insulation? Something that is obvious to a<br />

professional, may be completely new territory for a<br />

individual. It begs the question is their enough clear and<br />

accessible information to educate individuals on the<br />

true value of different types of insulation in their property,<br />

and sufficient information to convince them that<br />

insulation is a worthwhile investment.

No Purchase Necessary<br />

In everyday purchasing it’s extremely uncommon to get<br />

something free without purchasing something else. In<br />

a supermarket you might have to purchase two of a<br />

certain item to get a third free. When purchasing a new<br />

kitchen you might get one of the appliances for free as<br />

a result of buying the rest of the range. There’s a deal to<br />

be had but never a free for all that might seem the case<br />

with insulation.<br />

In these instances their is always a value attached to<br />

the freebie, people know the value of these appliances<br />

and items. For most Insulation isn’t a frequent purchase,<br />

there isn’t a clear understanding of what it is worth and<br />

therefore by getting insulation for free leaves the impression<br />

that insulation will be cheap or even free in the<br />

future.<br />

Insulation Visibility<br />

When living in our homes we can’t see or feel<br />

insulation. It operates in silence behind the scenes,<br />

helping the end-user reduce energy bills or living in<br />

quieter conditions. It’s not like a sofa we sit on, a carpet<br />

under our feet or a decorated wall we can see. People<br />

may feel warm in their homes but first instincts may be<br />

to think the heating is on, or if it has anything to do with<br />

insulation it’s because of what’s installed in the roof rather<br />

than other areas of the living environment.<br />

This lack of visibility, both visually and in the<br />

subconscious can only stand to further devalue the<br />

perception of insulation for the end-user and ultimately<br />

those people specifying and installing product on a<br />

development. If an occupants main concern is cosmetic,<br />

it may be easier to cut corners on insulation to<br />

ensure the end-user gets the visual experience they<br />

expect.<br />

Energy Saving Benefits<br />

One of the areas where there is likely to be greater<br />

understanding is the energy saving benefits of insulation<br />

installation. Advisory websites indicate hundreds<br />

of pounds per year can be saved per year as a result<br />

of isulation being installed. But is this value as instantly<br />

recognisable and therefore ultimately important, or<br />

influential to an end-user? If a housebuilder says to the<br />

future occupant we will give you free insulation, is this<br />

as attractive as saying we will give you free carpets<br />

and curtains? Even if the benefits of those items aren’t<br />

as long term as the free insulation, their benefits are<br />

instantly recognisable in their home and on their bank<br />

balance.<br />

The Value of Insulation<br />

These topics raise some interesting points surrounding<br />

the actual and perceived value of insulation. Is this a<br />

non-issue? Or is it an underlying issue that effects the<br />

seriousness in the merits of installing sufficient energy<br />

saving insulation in homes, commercial buildings and<br />

more?<br />

Join the Debate<br />

Our favourite responses to this article will be printed<br />

in next months issue, and will be featured online.<br />

Send your responses via email to this address:<br />

news@insulatenetwork.com<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Insight<br />

Things Can Get Seriously Heated<br />

Behind Closed Doors<br />

The BBA’s Hygrothermal testing chamber<br />

ensures thermal insulation materials are safe<br />

and fit-for-purpose.<br />

The thermal performance of a structure, whether it’s a<br />

corporate office block, municipal building or a private<br />

home, is greatly improved by External Wall Insulation<br />

Systems (EWIS), such as External Thermal Insulation<br />

Composite Systems (ETICS). Moreover, these systems<br />

also support the effectiveness of materials and systems<br />

installed by roofing contractors. That’s all well and good,<br />

providing they are working properly after being properly<br />

tested and assessed by industry experts.<br />

BBA Test Services can test a range of ETICS, VETURES<br />

and render systems for use on masonry, steel and timber<br />

framed walls. In particular, it has the capabilities to meet<br />

the testing requirements of ETAG 004, ETAG 17 and<br />

MOAT 22.<br />

The following are test areas related to ETICS,<br />

incorporate all that’s necessary to maximise the<br />

thermal performance of a building’s structure:<br />

Durability<br />

Monitoring the performance of materials after hygrothermal cycling to simulate the service life of the system.<br />

Colour change measurements can also be taken after exposure to ultra violet light.<br />

Energy efficiency and thermal performance<br />

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

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

accredited and accurate to ±1.5%.<br />

Hygrothermal testing<br />

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

plus heat/spray and freeze/thaw cycling.<br />

Mechanical testing<br />

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

tests to ensure the systems are safe and secure.<br />

Water penetration<br />

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

while vapour transmission rates are essential for condensation risk analysis.<br />

Windloading<br />

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

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That’s all well and good,<br />

providing they are working<br />

properly after being<br />

properly tested and<br />

assessed by industry<br />

experts.<br />

In addition, the BBA tests a number of<br />

other insulation product properties to<br />

demonstrate suitability for other roof, wall<br />

and floor applications.<br />

BBA testing provides manufacturers of<br />

ETICS and EWI products important<br />

accreditation. Giving access to<br />

CE Marking to relevant harmonized<br />

standards, BBA Test Services are a<br />

notified, UKAS accredited laboratory, and<br />

associated test reports can be used to<br />

obtain Agrément Certification, widely<br />

considered to be the ultimate stamp of<br />

product approval in the UK.<br />

For more information about BBA<br />

Certification services visit<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> insight<br />

A Sound<br />

Opportunity<br />

Paul Absolon, Technical Director at CMS Danskin Acoustics, discusses why getting to grips with<br />

the various treatments available can pay dividends when it comes to working with sound<br />

reduction systems on-site.<br />

Regardless of the type of development,<br />

whether it is residential, commercial,<br />

leisure or public sector, the effective control<br />

of sound is a key consideration – both for<br />

building regulation compliance and occupier<br />

comfort. Moreover, given high levels of<br />

impact sound often result in unwanted<br />

noise travelling between spaces,<br />

the floor is commonly<br />

subject to an acoustic<br />

specification.<br />

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It is important to understand why a<br />

specification has beeen made as this sets<br />

the parameters for exploring opportunities<br />

to value engineer the solution<br />

Sound reduction systems will typically be specified<br />

according to the acoustic performance which must<br />

be achieved and the overall floor build up. At a basic<br />

level, there are various solutions available which have<br />

been specifically designed to work with certain types of<br />

screeds and subfloor. However, there are also systems<br />

available which are designed for more complex floor<br />

constructions, such as those which integrate underfloor<br />

heating or service lines.<br />

Essentially, when tendering for a flooring package which<br />

includes a specialist acoustic element, it is important to<br />

understand why a specification has been made as this<br />

sets the parameters for exploring opportunities to value<br />

engineer the solution.<br />

Scoping the Spec<br />

Where a residential development is following the Robust<br />

Detail (RD) route to Part E compliance, it is important<br />

to understand the difference between a generic detail<br />

and a proprietary RD. For example, if E-FC-<strong>15</strong> is detailed<br />

then only the Quietlay acoustic underscreed can<br />

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

Regupol E48 screed isolation can be installed.<br />

In contrast, a generic detail such as E-FC-1 does not<br />

specify a specific brand name. Instead, a range of<br />

acoustic cradle and batten build-ups – for which many<br />

of the CMS Danskin Acoustic range of systems have<br />

been approved – is available to choose from.<br />

While the RD process simplifies the route to Part E<br />

compliance and offers some flexibility over the final<br />

choice of material (dependent on the type of RD), developments<br />

which follow the Pre-Completion Testing (PCT)<br />

route or non-residential projects present a much greater<br />

opportunity to value engineer impact sound specifications.<br />

Scoping the Spec<br />

Once the degree of flexibility in the specification has<br />

been identified, which is typically dictated by acoustic<br />

and thermal performance as well as material<br />

thickness and composition, the next step will be to<br />

consult with acoustic product manufacturers to explore<br />

all the options.<br />

Although the role of this technical consultation may<br />

initially be a simple costing exercise, with greater<br />

engagement there is further scope for contract floor<br />

installers to add wider value to the project. For example,<br />

more experienced acoustic manufacturers who have<br />

broad sound reduction product portfolios can conduct<br />

a full review of the specification and make<br />

recommendations on how improved performance could<br />

be achieved with reduced floor height. This approach<br />

often helps installers to deliver a more competitively<br />

priced package as compared with the original specification,<br />

whilst also demonstrating a thorough<br />

understanding of the project requirements.<br />

Moreover, to assist contract flooring installers with this<br />

process, CMS Danskin Acoustics will attend project<br />

meetings and provide on-site training if an installation<br />

team has not previously used a particular impact sound<br />

solution.<br />

The number of sound reduction systems available in<br />

the past few years has grown significantly, as has the<br />

number of manufacturers and suppliers. Couple this<br />

with what can often be a complex supply chain process<br />

from design to installation, and trying to compete in a<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Columnist<br />

The Importance<br />

of Face Fit Testing<br />

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

of fit testing respiratory protective equipment<br />

Respiratory protective<br />

equipment (RPE) is critical<br />

for many insulation activities<br />

including protecting against<br />

fine glass fibres while cutting<br />

materials and avoiding dust hazards<br />

when using a grinder – but<br />

tight-fitting respirators must fit<br />

properly.<br />

The most common forms of RPE<br />

are disposable and full or half-face<br />

reusable respirators. These can be<br />

suitable in a number of applications<br />

but for these respirators to work<br />

effectively, they must create an<br />

adequate seal to the wearer’s face.<br />

If this seal leaks, the wearer risks<br />

breathing in unfiltered, potentially<br />

hazardous contaminants in the air.<br />

Even facial hair can affect this<br />

seal, which is why the Health and<br />

Safety Executive (HSE) stipulates<br />

that those who wear tight-fitting<br />

respirators must be clean shaven<br />

under the area of the face seal.<br />

Respiratory face fit testing ensures<br />

that a chosen piece of equipment is<br />

capable of sealing adequately to a<br />

particular individual.<br />

Testing should be carried out at the<br />

earliest opportunity, before being<br />

worn in hazardous environments. It<br />

is also vital that face fit testing is undertaken<br />

while the user is wearing<br />

other Personal Protective Equipment<br />

(PPE) required in their daily<br />

work that may interfere with the seal<br />

of the RPE.<br />

For example, people wearing respirators<br />

and protective eyewear often<br />

adjust the seal of their respirator to<br />

accommodate their eyewear or to<br />

make it feel more comfortable, but<br />

this can significantly reduce the level<br />

of protection as it may no longer<br />

provide an adequate seal to the<br />

face.<br />

The importance of<br />

Hearing Protection Equipment<br />

(HPE)<br />

While working in a noisy environment<br />

- such as in the midst of a<br />

busy construction project or on a<br />

workshop floor - workers may have<br />

to wear ear protection at all times.<br />

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations<br />

(2005) require employers<br />

to prevent or reduce risks to health<br />

and safety from exposure to noise<br />

at work[i].<br />

Why is fit testing so important?<br />

The consequences of using ineffective<br />

RPE can be seriously harmful<br />

for an individual, and also have an<br />

effect on the business should an<br />

employee wish to take action. According<br />

to the HSE, some 12,000<br />

people die each year as a result of<br />

occupational respiratory diseases,<br />

of which about two-thirds are<br />

due to asbestos-related diseases<br />

or chronic obstructive pulmonary<br />

disease (COPD).<br />

Appropriately fitting RPE is essential<br />

in protecting against chemicals,<br />

dust and glass fibres when cutting<br />

insulation and mixing renders. The<br />

fumes given off by welding and hot<br />

cutting processes is a varying mixture<br />

of airborne gases and very fine<br />

particles, which if inhaled can cause<br />

a number of respiratory diseases<br />

including asthma and cancer.<br />

How to test<br />

In-house testing using a qualitative<br />

taste test is common practice for<br />

users of disposable respirators and<br />

reusable half masks. This method<br />

involves placing a hood over the<br />

user’s head while they are wearing<br />

their RPE and other PPE, then<br />

spraying a fine mist of either a bitter<br />

or a sweet-tasting solution into the<br />

enclosed hood. During the test, if<br />

the person can taste the mist, the<br />

RPE is judged not to have formed<br />

an adequate seal to the wearer’s<br />

face and, therefore, the test is failed.<br />

Two fails with the same item of RPE<br />

usually indicates that the product<br />

cannot provide an adequate seal<br />

and, therefore, an alternative model<br />

of RPE should be considered and fit<br />

tested.<br />

If the wearer cannot taste the mist<br />

during the test, they have passed<br />

the qualitative fit test.<br />

Frequency<br />

Fit testing should be done on a<br />

periodic basis, or whenever there<br />

is a change that might affect RPE<br />

performance.<br />

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Respiratory face fit testing<br />

ensures that a chosen piece of<br />

equipment is capable of sealing<br />

adequately to a particular<br />

individual.<br />

For example, if the wearer either loses or gains a<br />

significant amount of weight or undergoes dental<br />

work, then the shape of their face may change,<br />

which could affect the respirator seal.<br />

If an employer decides to switch RPE models<br />

entirely or a manufacturer makes significant<br />

changes to the design of their product, fit testing<br />

will again be required.<br />

If in doubt, it is recommended that consumers<br />

seek further advice from the manufacturer, to determine<br />

whether fit testing will need to be repeated.<br />

Fit testing can be conducted by a competent<br />

person from inside the company, or by an external<br />

service provider. Accreditation under the British<br />

Safety Industry Federation’s Fit2Fit scheme is<br />

a good way to judge the competence of testers,<br />

although this is not a mandatory requirement.<br />

3M offers a fit testing service delivered by Fit2Fit<br />

accredited testers.<br />

For more information on this topic,<br />

or for information about the<br />

selection and use of 3M PPE in the<br />

workplace, call the 3M helpline on<br />

0870 608 0060.<br />


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The EEIG is Key<br />

to the Industry's Success<br />

Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA<br />

“The EEIG is key to the industry’s success” a<br />

government official told a group of political<br />

stakeholders at a roundtable event in<br />

December. They were speaking of the Energy<br />

Efficiency Infrastructure Group’s (EEIG’s) campaign<br />

- for a 20-year national infrastructure programme to<br />

bring all UK homes up to a decent standard of energy<br />

efficiency (EPC C by 2035), warmth and comfort<br />

– and the comment underlines how far the EEIG has<br />

come in the past year. There is still much more to<br />

do, but the informal group, supported by a broad<br />

church of over 25 organisations, and working with<br />

others in the industry, has had notable successes<br />

during 2017, including:<br />

Government pledges around Energy Efficiency in the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. In particular<br />

the aspirational target to have all homes up to EPC band C by 2035.<br />

The National Infrastructure Commission announcing in its interim report that it would examine Energy<br />

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

to the NIA in summer 2018.<br />

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

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

health and well-being benefits.<br />

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

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

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

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

Efficiency.<br />

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

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

geeky interest in lobbying and public affairs. It focuses on<br />

ensuring that government receives pressure from several<br />

angles, and that multiple government departments and<br />

political actors are engaged in pressing for change. Our<br />

plan is supported by the armoury of EEIG communications<br />

collateral tailored to our specific audiences and the widely<br />

referenced and respected Frontier Economics report:<br />

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“Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”, that sets out<br />

how we can deliver an energy efficiency infrastructure<br />

programme for buildings (BEIP).<br />

As part of the EEIG campaign strategy, we will be<br />

building on our solid body of existing Parliamentary<br />

support and “champion” MPs but also engage at a<br />

higher level in government departments as well as<br />

pulling together cross departmental cooperation and<br />

communication. The EEIG will be focusing on how we<br />

can deliver a BEIP programme and potential positive<br />

outputs such as the resulting economic returns for the<br />

Government.<br />

After a plethora of consultation responses<br />

which kept EEIG members insanely busy over<br />

December and throughout the Christmas holidays,<br />

2018 brings many important key policy dates. Non so<br />

important as the Hackitt Review but also the National<br />

Infrastructure Commissions standalone report on energy<br />

efficiency. Areas such as the private rented sector<br />

and energy performance standards bring us potential<br />

opportunities for the EEIG to work together.<br />

The EEIG currently has a wide and varied<br />

membership (with over 25 members) and there<br />

has been a good deal of interest from other groups<br />

to join in the past few months and expanding the<br />

membership will continue in 2018 – potential areas<br />

such as the financial services and insurance sectors<br />

- whilst the structure of the EEIG will remain inclusive<br />

and informal.<br />

There has been<br />

much positive<br />

movement so far –<br />

more than we could<br />

ever have expected<br />

- and 2018 is most<br />

definitely the year<br />

for the gaps to be<br />

filled in the<br />

Government’s<br />

aspirations.<br />

The EEIG is a coalition which represents those<br />

who are committed to achieving change and<br />

delivering good energy efficiency policy. We are not about<br />

specific products, businesses or organisations but<br />

committed to achieving the EEIG’s goals. So please<br />

don’t be shy - come and join us!<br />

Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of<br />

MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers<br />

Association and provides the secretariat to the Energy<br />

Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG). For further details<br />

of the EEIG or if you would like to join, please contact<br />

Alasdair MacEwen at alasdair@theeeig.co.uk<br />


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Living up to the headline “Technical Knockout”<br />

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Speaking ahead of the U.K. launch,<br />

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From the outset we have stayed true to our core principal<br />

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The challenge to create a Retrofit OSM EWI System that<br />

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As our official release to the market draws ever nearer, we<br />

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Over the coming months, <strong>Insulate</strong> Network will be working<br />

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Exclusive <strong>Insulate</strong> Column<br />

Driving Up Quality<br />

Paul Forrester Technical Editor, <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Car manufacturers have long sold their<br />

products on the basis of fuel efficiency and<br />

emissions, despite most paying customers<br />

knowing they won’t achieve those figures. Similar<br />

awareness doesn’t yet exist for people looking to<br />

buy a new home, but do changes in the automotive<br />

industry hint at a different future in construction?<br />

A 2014 edition of Audi <strong>Magazine</strong>, the customer magazinestomer<br />

of Audi UK, carried an article about fuel performance<br />

and carbon dioxide emissions figures for cars. As well as<br />

describing how the tests are carried out, there was also an<br />

explanation of the usefulness of the results.<br />

It made for interesting reading, not least because of the<br />

openness with which it talked about how little relevance<br />

the test figures had for what would be achieved on the<br />

road. The other striking thing about the piece was how<br />

much resemblance its content bore to the construction industry.<br />

Controlled Conditions<br />

Tests must be “in strict adherence with European guidelines”<br />

and have to be done in laboratory conditions because<br />

the “infinite variations” in road conditions, weather<br />

and driving style would make it impossible to test one vehicle<br />

against another in the real world.<br />

The in-situ testing of construction is almost non-existent,<br />

with assessment being based around software, paperwork<br />

and the limited policing of translating design intent to site.<br />

Statements such as, “it is not practical to test every new<br />

car” brought to mind building regulations that allow acoustic<br />

or air pressure testing of a sample of dwelling types.<br />

In explaining how the figures are “for guidance only” - but<br />

that they allow for a comparison between models from one<br />

manufacturer or different manufacturers - it was impossible<br />

not to think of SAP and SBEM calculations being used<br />

to assess building compliance, and Energy Performance<br />

Certificates rating performance without accounting for occupant<br />

behaviour.<br />

Uncovering Truth<br />

Of course, not long after the article’s publication, the<br />

Volkswagen Group became engulfed in a scandal of its<br />

own making through the revelations that it cheated emissions<br />

tests.<br />

With hindsight, it’s easy to be sceptical about any apparent<br />

good intent in the magazine article because Audi is<br />

part of the VW Group. In truth, however, any car manufacturer<br />

could have written it, so the validity of comparisons<br />

between the automotive and construction industries isn’t<br />

diminished.<br />

If anything, the existence of an even bigger performance<br />

gap between a car’s lab results and road performance only<br />

serves to make the comparisons more relevant.<br />

The reality of building performance is that energy use is<br />

typically 30% higher once constructed than was predicted<br />

at design stage. That is far too big a discrepancy to be explained<br />

away by ‘infinite variations’ of occupant behaviour,<br />

or site location and weather conditions.<br />

Strength of Feeling<br />

Once the full extent of the VW scandal became clear, it<br />

was not uncommon to hear suggestions that the performance<br />

of buildings - and housing specifically - should be<br />

highlighted as a similar scandal in an effort to raise public<br />

awareness.<br />

How outraged were people really, though? In 2016, the<br />

VW Group became the number one car manufacturer in<br />

the world in terms of sales.<br />

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about insulation and construction,<br />

another question is: could a similar<br />

fate befall buildings that don’t deliver<br />

their designed performance?<br />

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While some of that could be attributed to growth in<br />

China, it also suggested that other qualities of the brand<br />

were enough to keep some - if not all - of its existing<br />

customers.<br />

The picture has started to change more recently, though.<br />

2018 has brought reports of a reduction in sales of diesel<br />

cars generally. The VW issue is seen as part of that, but<br />

the biggest driver (pun intended) has been the messages<br />

coming from Government.<br />

A Taxing Problem<br />

Talk of higher taxes on diesels - because of pollutants<br />

other than carbon dioxide - and eventual outright bans<br />

as part of tackling climate change, lead to the inevitable<br />

question: why would anybody buy a diesel car right<br />

now?<br />

And because this is a magazine about insulation and<br />

construction, another question is: could a similar fate<br />

befall buildings that don’t deliver their designed performance?<br />

Already it feels like the tide could be starting to turn. Stories<br />

about defect-ridden new homes seem to feature in<br />

the mainstream media increasingly often. While that may<br />

not be enough to fire widespread public anger, it can<br />

only add to the pressure that is starting to come from a<br />

few voices in the corridors of power for the delivery of<br />

better quality construction.<br />

Supply and Demand<br />

In the automotive industry the tide has largely turned.<br />

There are more than enough cars to meet demand, so<br />

car companies now need to invest in an alternative vision<br />

of the future. VW have committed to 70 billion Euros of<br />

investment in a shift towards electric vehicles.<br />

In construction, the incentive for volume housebuilders<br />

to compete with one another for an alternative vision<br />

doesn’t yet exist. 60% of new houses are built by just<br />

ten companies; there are far too few houses to meet<br />

demand.<br />

Nipping it in the bud<br />

Questioning the suitability of current housing stock in a<br />

similar way to questioning diesel cars would risk<br />

further damaging a housing market that the Government<br />

already acknowledges is broken.<br />

Why would anybody buy a diesel car right now? That’s<br />

not for <strong>Insulate</strong> magazine to worry about, but we can<br />

wonder about the day that low energy construction<br />

becomes the norm - whether through public or official<br />

pressure - and there’s a legitimate case for asking, why<br />

would anybody buy an inefficient home right now?<br />

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Putting Offsite in the<br />

Spotlight<br />

The latest dawn of offsite construction becoming mainstream is at least a<br />

couple of years old now. It always feels as though a breakthrough is just<br />

around the corner, but is that an invention of the media that supports it,<br />

or might things be different this time? by Paul Forrester<br />

Elsewhere in this issue we make comparisons between<br />

the automotive and construction industries, and there<br />

are consistent calls for construction to adopt the sort<br />

of processes that have improved the quality of vehicles<br />

rolling off manufacturers’ production lines - an approach<br />

advocated in Sir John Egan’s report of 1998.<br />

At the end of 2016, Mark Farmer wrote in his report,<br />

Modernise or Die, that offsite is the “panacea for construction’s<br />

ills”. It was the latest call to adopt alternative<br />

manufacturing techniques intended to deliver the sort of<br />

‘disruption’ that is arguably much needed and long overdue<br />

in the industry.For the manufacturer, the most exciting<br />

innovation might be unseen by the end user, such<br />

as refining their factory processes to deliver the same<br />

standard of product while reducing waste and improving<br />

the efficiency of raw material use. That’s not as easy to<br />

shout about as an interesting new product, however.<br />

With limited advancements to be made in the performance<br />

and physical dimensions of insulation products,<br />

it makes sense to look at how products can benefit the<br />

installer. After all, for as many people who ask how to<br />

install a product before they start work, nearly as many<br />

wait until the project is half built before they think to<br />

check.<br />

People might be impressed by a radical new product<br />

design, but that almost always relegates it to a niche<br />

where uptake is slow. And if people do take a chance on<br />

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

familiar with. For installers, innovation isn’t necessarily<br />

the big leap - it’s addressing a shortcoming of an<br />

existing product or installation technique.<br />

The Technology<br />

Revolution<br />

In talking about offsite,<br />

you can draw parallels<br />

with BIM. The revolution in<br />

digitised building<br />

information hasn’t quite<br />

taken off yet, even though<br />

pockets of the industry are doing amazing things with it.<br />

Surveys highlight that the industry fully expects to be<br />

using both BIM and offsite more widely in the coming<br />

years, so awareness is not the issue. BIM and offsite are<br />

likely to be intrinsically linked, since to fully exploit the efficiency<br />

benefits of offsite manufacturing requires having<br />

a handle on the tools that achieve better collaboration.<br />

Defining Offsite<br />

In the same way that ‘BIM’ can describe a number of<br />

digital processes, so ‘offsite’ covers a variety of techniques<br />

for delivering buildings. The majority of construction<br />

can take place in a factory, with near-complete units<br />

delivered to site, or components can be assembled on<br />

site.<br />

Modular systems are already employed for hotels and<br />

hospitals; while there are companies experimenting with<br />

small on-site factories that deliver the benefits of offsite<br />

in the location they’re needed - with the factory removed<br />

once development of the site is complete. All are valid<br />

offsite methods, but the spread<br />

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in the location they’re needed - with<br />

the factory removed once development<br />

of the site is complete. All<br />

are valid offsite methods, but the<br />

spread of experimentation means it<br />

is harder to judge the potential longterm<br />

success of one over another.<br />

All are valid offsite methods, but the<br />

spread of<br />

experimentation means it is harder<br />

to judge the potential long-term<br />

success of one over another. Lack<br />

of predictability in the market hurts<br />

the speed with which it can prove<br />

itself and be adopted more widely.<br />

Committing to a factory capable of<br />

delivering offsite solutions requires a<br />

level of demand that will bring down<br />

prices. But prices are too high to<br />

create that demand, and there is an<br />

understandable reluctance to invest<br />

as a result<br />

Breaking Point<br />

What we do know is that the cost of<br />

traditional construction is going up.<br />

Figures suggest 35,000 new skilled<br />

workers are required in the industry<br />

purely for it to stand still. The skilled<br />

workers already employed are<br />

commanding higher wages, while<br />

the overall shortfall in skills is resulting<br />

in poorer quality and more<br />

defects.<br />

Demand from consumers, however,<br />

continues to make traditional<br />

construction the preferred solution,<br />

backed up by a lack of innovative<br />

financial products to support the<br />

purchase of alternative solutions.<br />

Social housing and the private<br />

build-to-rent sector are therefore<br />

seen as the sectors best placed<br />

to drive up the demand for offsite.<br />

Inevitably, London is also expected<br />

to be a hub for offsite’s development,<br />

where lessons learned can<br />

be translated to other areas of the<br />

country.<br />

Developing Solutions<br />

A few products and systems have<br />

made their way to market, with an<br />

emphasis on combining an element<br />

of offsite manufacture with the<br />

familiarity of existing materials and<br />

techniques.<br />

Only the manufacturers of those<br />

systems can know how exactly<br />

enthusiastic the uptake has been.<br />

Attending a few trade shows, either<br />

as a visitor or exhibitor, is enough to<br />

see that while new ideas certainly<br />

capture the imagination, converting<br />

that excitement into specifications is<br />

another matter entirely.<br />

For as long as customers are<br />

unwilling to take the plunge, what<br />

incentive do manufacturers have<br />

to explore different - in most cases<br />

radically different - production<br />

techniques when their factories<br />

are kitted out and optimised for<br />

exactly what the market currently<br />

demands?<br />

What Kind of Future do we<br />

Want?<br />

Returning to those automotive<br />

comparisons for a moment, the big<br />

oil and petroleum companies know<br />

the future lies away from diesel and<br />

petrol vehicles, but will do what they<br />

can to keep themselves relevant for<br />

as long as possible.<br />

Has the time arrived when construction<br />

product manufacturers<br />

need to make a decision?<br />

There’s a new horizon for the<br />

delivery of buildings and, while<br />

it might not be entirely new, it is<br />

definitely different to what we’re<br />

used to. Are product manufacturers,<br />

including in the insulation<br />

sector, willing to invest in that bold<br />

new future, or happy to prioritise<br />

the existing demand in order for the<br />

status quo to endure for as long as<br />

possible?<br />

In Summary: Why Offsite is the Future<br />

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

shaving months off project planning.<br />

Reliability of materials and manufacture. Consistent processes in controlled conditions means better quality<br />

and reliable, improved performance.<br />

Lower costs - if offsite methods can be delivered at scale.<br />

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

(e.g. ‘infill’ units).<br />

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

units and re-use elsewhere.<br />

Reduced site disturbance, and possible health and safety benefits, with fewer on-site processes.<br />

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A site for<br />

sore eyes<br />

Looking at the advantages of BBA Certification<br />

As you well know, major construction work on building sites<br />

involves a huge amount of product and materials checking, not<br />

least to make sure everything meets the exacting requirements<br />

of building regulations. This can be stressful at the best of times<br />

and a helping hand is always welcome.<br />

That’s why more and more people are coming to the BBA for<br />

off-site certification of their products. For many years now, our<br />

work in the offsite construction sector has brought peace of mind<br />

to hundreds of architects and manufacturers alike.<br />

BBA Agrément Certificates are widely read and respected by<br />

industry decision-makers who want to select innovative products<br />

that have been thoroughly assessed by the BBA. Our assessors<br />

have decades of experience in evaluating Offsite Construction,<br />

and we are currently assessing many new systems, adding to the<br />

many already approved including insulated concrete formwork,<br />

SIPs and framed systems.<br />

Of course, our main focus is on the requirements of Building<br />

Regulations — not just in England and Wales, but also in Scotland<br />

and Northern Ireland. But we go much further than that. We<br />

want to ensure that a system is not only waterproof, warm and<br />

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

a system with a short life expectancy, so we seek to ensure that it<br />

will last for an appropriate period of time.<br />

Neither are our assessments simply desk exercises. As well as<br />

testing, we go out to the factory to check system documentation<br />

and control, making sure that the specification we approve is<br />

capable of being produced consistently.<br />

We also go out on site to see units being offloaded and installed.<br />

That’s because we know that what may seem simple when<br />

explained in a dry office or factory can turn out to be very<br />

different on a building site.<br />

Once we have gathered data from testing, factory inspections<br />

and site surveillance, we consider how we can use it to establish<br />

that the requirements of Building Regulations and other statutory<br />

or non-statutory documents have been met.<br />

BBA Agrément Certificates are regarded as quite simply the best<br />

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

years of unrivalled expertise in building and construction<br />

certification, it’s easy to see why.<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Columnist<br />

NIA Supports New<br />

Government Quality Drive<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> columnist Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association<br />

As part of the Governments<br />

Each Home Counts<br />

recommendations, British<br />

Standards Institution (BSI) has<br />

been appointed by the<br />

Department of Business, Energy<br />

and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to<br />

review and revise the existing<br />

PAS2030:2017 (specification<br />

for the installation of energy<br />

efficiency measures in existing<br />

buildings) and develop a new<br />

PAS2035 specification for<br />

energy efficient retrofit of<br />

domestic buildings which will<br />

clearly set out the standards for<br />

the installation of each energy<br />

efficiency measures. BSI<br />

hosted a stakeholder<br />

engagement workshop on<br />

10th January 2018 to brief key<br />

organisations on the work<br />

involved and seeking their<br />

support – I attended the event<br />

on behalf of the National<br />

Insulation Association (NIA).<br />

This work is extremely important<br />

as it will clearly set out the<br />

specifications and standards that<br />

will apply to the installation of<br />

insulation measures. The existing<br />

PAS2030 is a little complicated and<br />

there are some aspects that are<br />

open to interpretation however, this<br />

project provides the opportunity to<br />

simplify matters and remove any<br />

ambiguity ensuring that all installers<br />

will install to a common, uniform<br />

standard.<br />

The NIA will be represented on the<br />

PAS2030 and PAS2035 Steering<br />

Groups and the Measures Experts<br />

Groups and the intention is for<br />

these new specifications to be<br />

introduced in October 2018 alongside<br />

the new Energy Company<br />

Obligation (ECO) and Each Home<br />

Counts Quality Mark.<br />

At the NIA we are very supportive of<br />

Each Home Counts as it provides a<br />

vehicle to ensure quality<br />

installations are delivered on a<br />

consistent basis and instil confidence<br />

in policy makers, specifiers<br />

and householders. In addition to<br />

contributing to the development of<br />

the new specifications, we will be<br />

ensuring that our members are kept<br />

up to date and provide advice and<br />

guidance to help them comply with<br />

the new standards.<br />

Furthermore we are also working<br />

with the British Electrical Allied<br />

Manufacturers Association<br />

(BEAMA) in developing new industry<br />

guidance which will clearly set out<br />

minimum ventilation requirements<br />

when installing insulation. We are<br />

also advising the Scottish<br />

Government on the new quality<br />

framework they are currently<br />

developing for Government funded<br />

schemes.<br />

For more information about all<br />

the work above and<br />

membership of the NIA<br />

please email<br />

neil.marshall@nia-uk.org<br />

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The future of the built environment is here<br />

06-08 March 2018 / ExCeL, London<br />

Timber<br />

Concrete<br />

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Offsite<br />

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Building<br />

Performance<br />

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Presenting the futurebuild districts<br />

The ‘must go’ event<br />

in the construction<br />

industry calendar<br />

for forward thinking<br />

professionals and<br />

influencers.<br />

ecobuild 2018 will<br />

present the latest<br />

technology, the freshest<br />

thinking and materials<br />

to keep you at the<br />

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The centrepiece will<br />

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Essential Insight<br />

GDPR<br />

General Data Protection Regulation<br />

The General Data Protection Regulation<br />

(GDPR) will affect every organisation that<br />

collects, handles or processes any form of<br />

data where an individual is personally identifiable.<br />

It covers employee, supplier, client and prospect<br />

and marketing data – from the Post Room to the<br />

Board Room.<br />

The new legislation comes into force on 25th May, 2018<br />

and replaces the current Data Protection Act. In basic<br />

terms, it is an upgrade and gives individuals far more<br />

control over how organisations can use, store or transfer<br />

their data. It requires organisations to be more transparent<br />

and accountable regarding their use and handling of<br />

personal data.<br />

There is a lot of miss-guided information circulating,<br />

which should be addressed:<br />

Brexit means nothing. The Data Protection Bill is<br />

going through Parliament and this will be known as<br />

the Data Protection Act 2017.<br />

Compliance with the current Data Protection Act,<br />

or being ISO certified does not render you compliant<br />

with GDPR – there are marked differences.<br />

GDPR is not Y2K all over again. GDPR compliance<br />

is a Regulation - a legal requirement - with<br />

the potential for fines to be administered in the event of<br />

non-compliance.<br />

There are three key terms to consider when preparing<br />

for GDPR.<br />

Accountability – you will need to document and<br />

account for all data you have in-house and decisions<br />

you make in the GDPR preparation process.<br />

If you can document and justify your legal basis for<br />

processing, then this is your case for retaining the<br />

data.<br />

Transparency – be open and transparent with the<br />

data subject as to what you will be doing with the<br />

data and why. What third parties will have access to<br />

the data?<br />

Trust – if you achieve the accountability and<br />

transparency stages, then you gain the trust of the<br />

data subject.<br />

The benefits of getting it<br />

right and embracing<br />

GDPR are huge<br />

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With these key terms in mind,<br />

a summary of the stages of preparation:<br />

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

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

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

holding and processing it?<br />

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

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

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

data transfers into and out of the business.<br />

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

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

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

can’t do it.<br />

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

to ensure that data is collected in a way the satisfies the new consent guidelines.<br />

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

hosted servers, it will be your responsibility to ensure the security satisfies the GDPR.<br />

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

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

required level of protection for personal data.<br />

The benefits of getting it right and embracing GDPR are huge:<br />

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

confidence – ensuring your organisation is transparent and accountable.<br />

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

quality – you only hold what you need, rather than what you’d like.<br />

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

can’t lose it!<br />

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

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

please contact DAMM Solutions – our team offer specialist advice across all industry sectors.<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Columnist<br />

Climate Change<br />

and Our Carbon Footprint<br />

Simon Storer, Chief Executive of Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA)<br />

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

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

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

climate change targets.<br />

As in previous years, climate change<br />

and carbon emissions featured<br />

prominently at the WEF this year.<br />

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra<br />

Modi used his opening address to<br />

warn us of the effects that exploitation<br />

of natural resources could have<br />

on humanity, while Anand Mahindra,<br />

co-chair of the WEF and chairman of<br />

one of India’s largest conglomerates<br />

described cutting carbon emissions<br />

as not only good for the<br />

environment, but a commercial<br />

opportunity. He said: “Everything<br />

that our group of companies have<br />

done to try and improve energy or to<br />

reduce greenhouse gases, has<br />

actually given us a return” and<br />

pointing out that over the last five<br />

years Mahindra (the conglomerate)<br />

has saved almost 60 million kWhs<br />

of energy - enough to supply power<br />

to <strong>15</strong>,000 homes. French President<br />

Emmanuel Macron also urged<br />

listeners to take heed of calls for<br />

action on climate change and laid<br />

out his ambition to make France “a<br />

model in the fight against climate<br />

change”, with plans to phase out<br />

coal-burning.<br />

In stark contrast, the message<br />

from the United States of America<br />

couldn’t have been more different –<br />

after pulling the US out of the Paris<br />

climate agreement in one of his first<br />

acts as President, and his recent tax<br />

levied against imported solar panels,<br />

it’s unsurprising that Donald Trump<br />

didn’t mention climate change or<br />

carbon emissions at all in his<br />

address.<br />

However, the WEF’s website is<br />

thankfully quite positive about the<br />

future potential for action on climate<br />

change, stating: “By being more<br />

innovative and efficient, and working<br />

with suppliers and local economies,<br />

companies are finding ways to cut<br />

carbon and costs. Between now and<br />

2030, the world will spend $90 trillion<br />

on infrastructure. How those investments<br />

are directed will make all the<br />

difference.”<br />

They go on to state that we have a<br />

choice: to lock in backwards-looking<br />

technologies, or to spend this $90<br />

trillion investment on sustainable<br />

projects: “Companies that prioritise<br />

clean technology, like renewables,<br />

and avoid investing in high-carbon<br />

infrastructure are not only being<br />

environmentally responsible, they<br />

are also future-proofing their growth<br />

by factoring in long-term risk and<br />

positioning themselves as winners of<br />

the low-carbon economy.”<br />

So how does all of this affect us?<br />

In Europe around 40% of the energy<br />

used is in buildings and up to 60% of<br />

that comes from heating and<br />

cooling, with much of that energy<br />

coming from the burning of fossil<br />

fuels. Installing high performing insulants<br />

such a PIR into our<br />

buildings (which are currently<br />

amongst the least energy efficient in<br />

Europe) is one of the simplest and<br />

most cost-effective ways to reduce<br />

energy demand and cut CO2.<br />

Over the past <strong>15</strong> years or so, there<br />

has been a range of policies and<br />

initiatives to improve the building<br />

stock. Whilst some improvements<br />

have been made and plenty of<br />

homes are better than they were,<br />

we still have many homes that are<br />

woefully<br />

inadequate, with occupants and<br />

owners living in fuel poverty without<br />

the means to upgrade their property<br />

or without the understanding of how<br />

to.<br />

The PIR industry is ready and waiting<br />

to meet the challenge to improve all<br />

existing buildings. Via participation in<br />

the work of the Each Home Counts<br />

initiative we are working with<br />

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others to ensure that energy efficiency<br />

measures are effective through good<br />

design and installation procedures and<br />

that compliance and redress routes are in<br />

place to ensure this happens.<br />

At a time when the construction industry<br />

is faced with change and political<br />

uncertainty, the PIR insulation industry is<br />

well poised to help deliver better<br />

performing buildings both now and in<br />

the future, as well as playing a part in the<br />

UK achieving the ambitions of the Paris<br />

climate agreement.<br />

For more information about<br />

Insulation Manufacturers Association<br />

visit the official website:<br />

www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk<br />

Whilst some improvements<br />

have been made and<br />

plenty of homes are better<br />

than they were, we still have<br />

many homes that are<br />

woefully inadequate...<br />


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<strong>Insulate</strong> Columnist<br />

Silence is Golden<br />

Duncan Voice, Store Manager, Insulation Superstore<br />

The UK population is on the increase and recent<br />

ONS research predicts that by 2024, some<br />

urban areas, such as London, expect<br />

populations to increase by as much as 24%. With<br />

more people looking to live and work in the world’s<br />

largest cities, along with the UK Government<br />

recently pledging to build 300,000 new homes to<br />

cope with rapidly expanding populations, space will<br />

become more limited in the coming years.<br />

With commercial and residential space becoming more<br />

compact to satisfy demand, developers are now turning<br />

to innovative build solutions to make the most of every<br />

square inch. This includes creating more open-plan office<br />

areas, micro flats or mixed-use developments. Urban<br />

neighbours are sometimes just a few feet apart so,<br />

acoustics is a vital build consideration during the early<br />

planning stages for both architects and developers, to<br />

ensure a comfortable and quiet environment for<br />

occupants.<br />

The market for acoustic insulation products is expected<br />

to grow by over 5% by 2023*, and alongside an increase<br />

in demand, there are now hundreds of acoustic<br />

insulation materials available to suit every type of build.<br />

When considering acoustic insulation, attention should<br />

focus on those which provide excellent and consistent<br />

acoustic performance qualities; impeding the<br />

transmission of sound through a structure or absorbing<br />

it into the surrounding surface area to reduce the impact<br />

of external noise pollution, as well as loud neighbours in<br />

adjoining rooms.<br />

With so many options available<br />

across the market, Duncan Voice,<br />

Store Manager at Insulation<br />

Superstore, outlines five<br />

products he would recommend for<br />

floor, wall and ceiling applications.<br />

Walls<br />

Soundboard 3<br />

For those living in<br />

apartment<br />

buildings, noise<br />

can be a major<br />

issue which, if not<br />

addressed, can have a severe<br />

negative affect on the<br />

wellbeing of occupants. Utilising<br />

three different sound-proofing<br />

technologies, all laminated together<br />

for easy installation, Sound Board<br />

3 is a high-density, gypsum-based,<br />

direct to wall acoustic<br />

sound-proofing board.<br />

Ideal for blocking noise from<br />

televisions and radios, as well as<br />

muffled talking from adjoining rooms,<br />

it is an excellent solution for<br />

apartment blocks and micro-flats,<br />

offering exceptional performance and<br />

exceeding the new Building<br />

Regulations Part E target of 43Db by<br />

almost 10% when applied to a brick<br />

or block wall.<br />

Easily applied to any flat or level surface<br />

with nine screws per board, it is<br />

also quick and easy to install.<br />

Floors<br />

JCW Impactalay<br />

Plus Acoustic<br />

Floor Insulation<br />

Noise doesn’t<br />

just travel through<br />

walls but also<br />

floors, and the<br />

application of high-quality<br />

insulation<br />

materials is key to protecting<br />

occupants from noisy neighbours<br />

overhead. The JCW Impactalay<br />

Plus Acoustic Floor Insulation is a<br />

complete sound-proofing solution,<br />

comprising of three acoustic layers<br />

that work together to address impact<br />

and airborne noise.<br />

Manufactured using an acoustic<br />

foam resilient layer, sandwiched<br />

between two further layers of weight<br />

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further layers of weight-enhancing barrier mat,<br />

Impactalay is cost-effective and simple to install, and is<br />

suitable for timber floors as well as all other finishes –<br />

including carpets, laminate and vinyl.<br />

Walls<br />

Rockwool RWA45<br />

Acoustic Insulation Slab<br />

In the wake of the 2017 Grenfell<br />

Tower tragedy, fire safety is a topic<br />

that continues to dominate the<br />

construction industry and is a crucial<br />

consideration during the specification of insulation<br />

materials for high-rise apartment blocks. In turn,<br />

manufacturers have responded by creating innovative<br />

and potentially life-saving materials with a raft of<br />

benefits, addressing not only the issue of noise, but also<br />

fire safety, energy efficiency and occupant comfort.<br />

Alongside its high performing acoustic and thermal qualities,<br />

Rockwool’s RWA45 Acoustic Insulation Slab offers<br />

excellent fire insulation and is certified to EN 13162.<br />

Made from volcanic rock, the product range consists of<br />

resin bonded slabs, available in a variety of thicknesses<br />

and densities, making it an ideal solution for residential<br />

applications.<br />

Ceilings<br />

JCW Noise Blocker<br />

Suspended Ceiling Panels<br />

With over 454,700 people<br />

employed in the City, commercial<br />

space is now<br />

considered a hot commodity on the UK property market.<br />

Noise reduction is not only essential in a residential<br />

setting, but also within a workplace, where noise<br />

pollution or disruption can negatively impact employee<br />

productivity and business performance.<br />

To tackle this problem, the JCW Noise Blocker<br />

Suspended Ceiling Panel is designed for use in<br />

suspended ceiling grid systems to minimise room-toroom<br />

noise transfer by up to 26 decibels, and can be<br />

used in all types of industrial, retail and commercial new<br />

or retrofit developments. Noise blockers like this will also<br />

reduce vertical sound transmission between floors, and<br />

from services within the ceiling void.<br />

Suitable for most ceiling systems, noise blockers are<br />

simply placed onto the back of the ceiling tile and can be<br />

installed with the ceiling or as a retrofit.<br />

Roofs<br />

Marley Eternit<br />

Fibre Cement Roofing Sheets<br />

Popular in quirky commercial spaces<br />

such as bars and restaurants, some<br />

architects and developers are using<br />

a corrugated roof style within designs for residential<br />

properties. This product has been created for acoustic<br />

insulation for the comfort of dairy cows, by reducing<br />

the noise from weather elements. Developed by Marley<br />

Eternit, these roofing sheets are available in a range of<br />

colours and are generally painted to give a weathered<br />

look. They do not rust or rot and are made from a 100%<br />

recyclable material.<br />

Visit www.insulationsuperstore.co.uk for more<br />

information on their thermal and acoustic product<br />

solutions .<br />

Acoustics is a vital build consideration<br />

during the early planning stages for<br />

both architects and developers, to<br />

ensure a comfortable and quiet<br />

environment for occupants.<br />

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Insulation like SIG<br />

SIG Insulation started out 60 years ago. Since then we’ve grown to become the UK’s<br />

leading specialist distributor of insulation, dry lining and related products to the<br />

construction sector.<br />

It’s not just our vast product range and major brands that sets us apart from the<br />

competition. The unrivalled technical expertise and impartial advice of our staff – who<br />

each have on average 10 years experience within SIG – help you source the products<br />

you need, and guide you through what the legislation means to your project.<br />

And when getting the job done relies on having the right products at the right time, you<br />

need a fast, reliable supplier with UK-wide branches, a huge delivery network and stock<br />

always available.<br />

Contact your local branch via www.siginsulation.co.uk

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