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Insulate Magazine Ecobuild 2018 Special Edition

Ecobuild 2018 special edition of Insulate Magazine, featuring Insulate exclusive articles and excellent insulation insight from Mauer, BBA, Insulation Superstore, Isover, NIA, Netsezch, 3M, IMA, Quinn, MIMA,

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 insulation. 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 build-up. 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. 42 www.insulatenetwork.com

The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Content Partners National Insulation Association (NIA) The NIA represents the insulation industry in the UK and our members include manufacturers and installers of a number of insulation solutions for your home or business. Both the NIA and its members are fully committed to maintaining and raising standards within the insulation industry. Contact Name: Neil Marshall Email: neil.marshall@nia-uk.org Website: http://www.nia-uk.org/ Social: @NIALtd Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association (MIMA) Established in 1962 (originally as ‘Eurisol’), the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association (MIMA) provides an authoritative source of independent information and advice on glass and stone wool. MIMA actively promotes the benefits of mineral wool insulation and the contribution it makes to the energy efficiency of buildings and the comfort and wellbeing of their occupants. Contact Name: Sarah Kostense-Winterton Email: sarah@mima.info Website: www.mima.info/ Social: @MIMA_UK Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) is the representative body for the PIR and PUR insulation industry in the UK. Known for 40 years as BRUFMA, IMA will continue to speak out on behalf of its members and seek to ensure it is the principal point of contact for all audiences relevant to the sector. Contact Name: Mel Price Email: mel.price@ima.org.uk Website: www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk Social: @IMA_Org www.insulatenetwork.com 43

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