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Contents<br />

Welcome to the <strong>March</strong><br />

edition of <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Design of Future Policy : Policy Connect<br />

Revolutionary Aerogel Blanket<br />

6<br />

8<br />

We have just returned from a highly informative and vastly<br />

improved ecobuild. At the event we helped MAUER launch<br />

their new EWI system to the world, the response was<br />

fantastic. You can find out more about it on page 22.<br />

Also amongst this months unmissable articles, MIMA<br />

discuss growing support for non-combustible insulation and<br />

cladding, Lucideon join the NIA and 3M talk all things PPE<br />

compliance. We also have information on Knauf and Veolia’s<br />

new glass recylcing facility, a stunning project featuring<br />

Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> and a Tyvek Grand Design in London.<br />

Paul Forrester continues his streak of captivating articles<br />

with observation of more overlooked uses of<br />

insulation and the new MAUER EWI system.<br />

Enjoy!<br />

gOMS <strong>Insulation</strong> Quality Analysis<br />

9<br />

Pioneering Design Museum : Kingspan 10<br />

Glass Recycling Facilitiy from Knauf & Veolia 12<br />

The Importance of PPE Compliance 13<br />

Lucideon NIA Announcement 15<br />

Support for Non-Combustible <strong>Insulation</strong>... <strong>16</strong><br />

Stranger Uses of <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

18<br />

Mauer EWI System<br />

22<br />

BBA Room in a Roof Scheme<br />

24<br />

Colin Heath<br />

Managing Editor<br />

colin@insulatenetwork.com<br />

@colin_insulate<br />

NIA Helping Landlords<br />

IMA - Wellbeing and the Built Environment<br />

Understanding MEES<br />

Imaginative Building Technology<br />

25<br />

26<br />

29<br />

30/31<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Champion - to be annouced at IEX 32<br />

Jamie Street<br />

Head of Creative<br />

jamie@insulatenetwork.com<br />

@jamie_insulate<br />

26<br />

9<br />

Paul Forrester<br />

Technical Editor<br />

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

Head over to page 29 for Understanding MEES<br />

One of the issues highlighted by the<br />

roundtable is that buildings rarely<br />

perform as well in practice as their<br />

designers predict.<br />

Read More: Page 6<br />

A certain amount of common sense<br />

can be applied to questions about<br />

‘non-standard’ uses, but sometimes<br />

requests for the unusual go beyond the<br />

comfort zone of manufacturers’<br />

expertise.<br />

Read More: Page 18<br />

The building, rated ‘Excellent’ at its design<br />

stage BREEAM assessment, combines<br />

renewable energy generating technologies<br />

with a highly insulated<br />

construction.<br />

Read More: Page 24<br />

The glass collected equates to over<br />

350 million bottles thrown out<br />

yearly – which could otherwise end up<br />

in landfill or pollute our environment.<br />

Read More: Page 12<br />

In the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell<br />

Tower, what has become clear is that the<br />

support for using non-combustible<br />

materials is growing and growing rapidly<br />

Read More: Page <strong>16</strong><br />

We believe it’s important that<br />

landlords have access to the<br />

most trusted and reliable of local<br />

specialists, and we hope that our<br />

online service will enable landlords<br />

to meet their obligations<br />

Read More: Page 25<br />

Sustainable buildings are not just about<br />

energy performance, aesthetics and the<br />

materials that are used to build them, we<br />

must also ensure that the people that use<br />

them are comfortable and happy.<br />

Read More: Page 26<br />

The U-Value is the most important<br />

value for the user-independent determination<br />

of a building’s<br />

thermal performance.<br />

Read More: Page 9<br />

Armacell Armagel Aerogel Blanket Turn to page 8<br />

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

Policy Connect to Help<br />

Shape Design of Future Policy<br />

Top business forum and the UK’s leading<br />

construction certification body discuss<br />

building performance and consumer protection<br />

for promoting better domestic energy<br />

efficiency in the UK.<br />

Just over a year on from the publication of ‘Each<br />

Home Counts’, and the launch of ‘The Building<br />

Performance Network’, it was perhaps a timely<br />

decision for the British Board of Agrément (BBA)<br />

and the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum<br />

(WSBF) to get together and consider associated<br />

issues like closing the building performance gap.<br />

The roundtable ‘BPN and progress with Each<br />

Home Counts’ 29 January <strong>2018</strong> was hosted by<br />

BBA Chief Executive Claire Curtis-Thomas who is<br />

on the Each Home Counts review team specialising<br />

in Compliance and Enforcement.<br />

Held in Portcullis House at Westminster, the event<br />

was opened by the Chair - Antoinette Sandbach<br />

MP. George Martin, CEO of the Building Performance<br />

Network (BPN) provided an overview of the<br />

network’s approach to improving standards, quality<br />

initiatives in the Housing sector and what the BPN<br />

hopes to achieve, and invited participants to discuss<br />

what discuss what they are currently doing to<br />

improve building performance in use.<br />

One of the issues<br />

highlighted by the<br />

roundtable is that<br />

buildings rarely<br />

perform as well in<br />

practice as their<br />

designers predict.<br />

over the coming months. Suffice to say that hopefully<br />

these will result in the deployment of initiatives<br />

that will deliver significant improvements to energy<br />

efficiency in all manner of commercial and<br />

domestic buildings and, more importantly, the<br />

everyday lives of building occupants all over the<br />

UK.<br />

Policy Connect’s parliamentary roundtables provide<br />

an intimate forum to discuss relevant policy topics<br />

and issues in open debate with policy-makers and<br />

other stakeholders to help shape the design of future<br />

policy.<br />

The next roundtable event takes place in <strong>March</strong> and<br />

will focus on infrastructure and flooding.<br />

One of the issues highlighted by the roundtable<br />

is that buildings rarely perform as well in practice<br />

as their designers predict. The difference between<br />

anticipated and actual performance is known as<br />

the performance gap, with actual energy<br />

consumption in buildings found to be between<br />

twice and ten times higher than originally predicted.<br />

Needless to say, this is only a small part of the<br />

bigger picture when it comes to energy usage and<br />

saving initiatives, and the full list of the<br />

roundtable’s recommendations will be published<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Innovations<br />

Armacell Introduce<br />

Revolutionary ArmaGel Aerogel Blanket<br />

Armacell a global leader in energy efficiency have launched a next generation Aerogel Blanket.<br />

The Armacell ArmaGel HT Blanket is suitable for high-temperature applications up to 650 degrees<br />

C and is available in multiple thickness’ to meet specific customer requirements; 5, 10,<br />

15 and 20mm. The Aerogel Blanket is produced at a new production line in South Korea and features<br />

proprietary dust-reducing technology developed by Armacell.<br />

As part of the company’s new ArmaGel range, Arma-<br />

Gel HT is optimised for high-temperature applications<br />

up to 650 degrees Celsius. With its exceptionally low<br />

thermal conductivity, it is one of the best performing<br />

insulation materials available today, offering equal<br />

thermal performance at a fraction of the thickness<br />

- up to 80 percent thinner than competing insulation<br />

products. It will introduce new sizes of aerogel<br />

blankets to the market providing the customer with<br />

more choice. 10mm thickness is available today, with<br />

5, 15, and 20mm thicknesses available later in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

ArmaGel HT offers a multitude of benefits. It is lightweight<br />

for improved handling and easier transportation.<br />

For maintenance purposes, product removal is<br />

made simple reducing both downtime and the need<br />

to purchase replacement insulation during regular<br />

maintenance cycles. It cuts easily and conforms to<br />

preferred shapes. It is hydrophobic and breathable,<br />

thereby keeping mechanical equipment drier for<br />

longer and enhancing protection against corrosion<br />

under insulation. It also offers best-in-class acoustic<br />

performance and designed thicknesses reduced by<br />

up to 40 percent.<br />

Effective insulation is a key factor in tackling climate<br />

change, as it is one of the simplest, fastest and most<br />

cost-effective means of improving energy efficiency.<br />

Our new product is environmentally safe, chloride-free<br />

and landfill disposable. In addition, it features<br />

Armacell’s innovative dust-reducing technology,<br />

LoDust, making it the right fit for installers.<br />

Patrick Mathieu, President<br />

& CEO of the Armacell Group:<br />

“We are excited to launch the next generation<br />

aerogel technology, enabling us to<br />

deliver a complete portfolio of thermal and<br />

acoustic insulation solutions. In combination<br />

with our core elastomeric flexible foam offering<br />

and design capabilities, the enhanced<br />

performance parameters of ArmaGel deliver<br />

state-of-the-art solutions to our customers<br />

around the globe with an excellent quality/<br />

cost ratio”<br />

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Building <strong>Insulation</strong> Quality<br />

Analysis Via Unique gOMS<br />

greenTEG AG: Solutions for insulation quality assessments<br />

The gO Measurement Systems (gOMS) is a<br />

cloud-based, wireless system for measuring<br />

U-value, R-value, humidity and temperature in<br />

building physics applications. The system enables<br />

simultaneous measurements with up to <strong>16</strong> sensor<br />

nodes. All measurements can be monitored remotely<br />

in real-time via the cloud. The gOMS is the only<br />

system on the market which generates quantitative<br />

data regarding the building insulation quality (U-value,<br />

R-value) wirelessly and checks it against the strict ISO<br />

9869 norm. All measurements can be made non-invasively.<br />

real-time.<br />

greenTEG AG<br />

greenTEG provides Swiss made thermal sensing<br />

solutions for applications in building physics, photonics,<br />

med-tech, industry, and R&D. The company was<br />

founded in 2009 as a ETH Zurich spin-off. Today,<br />

greenTEG supplies OEMs and researchers at world<br />

class research institutes with sensors and measurement<br />

systems.<br />

Applications in building physics and beyond<br />

The U-Value is the most important value for the user-independent<br />

determination of a building’s thermal<br />

performance. Because different parameters can be<br />

measured with the gOMS, various scenarios and<br />

applications are possible. U-Value measurements<br />

are conducted when an energetic refurbishment is<br />

planned and the status quo of a building needs to<br />

be determined in the planning phase. Especially with<br />

older buildings it is often unclear which materials were<br />

used and how their properties change over time.<br />

A further application case is the detection of heat<br />

bridges to identify the source of mold or to prevent<br />

mold growth, for example when refurbishing windows.<br />

Continuous monitoring of facilities such as archives<br />

are also possible.<br />

Specifications<br />

The gOMS consists of a base station and up to <strong>16</strong><br />

sensor nodes. The sensor nodes send the data via<br />

Lora protocol to the base station where they are<br />

transferred via a safe 3G connection to the cloud. The<br />

data can be monitored and analyzed at all times in<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> News<br />

Kingspan Specified<br />

for Pioneering Museum Design<br />

Roof and floor insulation products from<br />

industry leading manufacturer —<br />

Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> — have formed an<br />

integral part of the iconic building envelope for<br />

Scotland’s first museum of design.<br />

KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES’ design for V&A<br />

Dundee sets an impressive figure against the city’s<br />

waterfront. Its angular form, wrapped with horizontal<br />

concrete panels, draws inspiration from the dramatic<br />

cliffs of the country’s east coast. BAM Construct UK<br />

and Dundee City Council are overseeing construction<br />

of the £80 million museum which is due to open this<br />

September, providing 1,650 m² of world class exhibition<br />

facilities.<br />

The building, rated ‘Excellent’ at its design stage<br />

BREEAM assessment, combines renewable energy<br />

generating technologies with a highly insulated<br />

construction. To insulate the building’s expansive flat<br />

roof, whilst also providing effective drainage, over<br />

6,500 m2 of Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM<br />

was specified along with a further 1,000 m2 of Kingspan<br />

Thermaroof TR26 LPC/FM.<br />

The high-performance roofing products were installed<br />

by Q9 Cladding Solutions. They can achieve thermal<br />

conductivities as low as 0.022 W/m.K and are<br />

compatible with most mechanically fixed single–ply<br />

waterproofing systems. Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong>’s specialist<br />

tapered roofing design team provided a detailed<br />

layout scheme for the products. This ensured that the<br />

build-up met the target thermal performance requirements<br />

with a minimal construction depth, limiting<br />

structural support requirements, whilst also effectively<br />

channelling water off the roof space. In addition, both<br />

products have been approved to Factory Mutual Research<br />

Standard 4470: 20<strong>16</strong> for Class 1 Steel Deck<br />

Roof Assemblies and LPS 1181:Part 1.<br />

To insulate the ground floor throughout the building a<br />

further 5,300 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm K3 Floorboard<br />

was installed. Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> has now released<br />

Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard as part<br />

of its Kooltherm K100 range of premium performance<br />

insulation boards, offering a thermal conductivity of<br />

just 0.018 W/m.K across all board thicknesses.<br />

As part of the project’s BREEAM commitments,<br />

considerable care was taken to ensure the materials<br />

specified met the highest standards in responsible<br />

sourcing. All three Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> products<br />

installed at the museum have been assigned the<br />

highest possible BRE Green Guide Summary Rating<br />

of A+. The insulated boards, manufactured at<br />

Kingspan’s facilities in Herefordshire and North<br />

Yorkshire, are also certified as ‘Excellent’ under the<br />

demanding BES6001 Responsible Sourcing<br />

Standard. As a result, they contributed toward the<br />

award of credits within the Materials section of the<br />

building’s BREEAM assessment.<br />

Photo Credit: Ross Fraser McLean<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> News<br />

Knauf and Veolia Open<br />

New High Tech Glass Recycling Facility<br />

Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong> and Veolia have officially opened a new high-tech glass recycling facility in St<br />

Helens. Each year, over 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will now be given a new<br />

lease of life as the partners join forces to clean, separate and refine household glass, before<br />

transforming it into high performance, energy-saving insulation solutions.<br />

Veolia’s world-first facility uses the latest technology<br />

to sort and separate glass at a micro-level<br />

with exceptional accuracy, delivering an ultra-pure<br />

glass cullet. The state of the art machinery includes<br />

vibrating screens for size sorting, magnets to extract<br />

ferrous materials and eddy current separators[i] for<br />

non-ferrous materials.<br />

The new facility enables Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong> to secure its<br />

glass supply and maximise the use of recycled materials<br />

instead of virgin minerals. Also the proximity of<br />

the new facility will save approximately 375,000 miles<br />

of road journeys.<br />

The glass collected equates to over 350 million bottles<br />

thrown out yearly – which could otherwise end<br />

up in landfill or pollute our environment. With a £10M<br />

investment and a decade long commitment from<br />

Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong>, both companies are demonstrating<br />

their dedication to sustainable and circular manufacturing.<br />

John Sinfield, Managing Director at Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Northern Europe, said:<br />

“Our insulation solutions play a key role in helping reduce<br />

carbon emissions and benefit the environment.<br />

and the fact we have delivered this in partnership with<br />

Veolia demonstrates what can be achieved when<br />

two leaders in their respective fields work together to<br />

achieve mutual goals.”<br />

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President<br />

at Veolia UK & Ireland, said:<br />

“This innovative new facility is a £10 million investment<br />

in the UK green economy which is good for<br />

jobs, good for the community and good for the<br />

planet.<br />

“To see our site officially open today is a vote of confidence<br />

in our technology and the quality of cullet we<br />

produce - and by using a significant amount of this<br />

glass in its manufacturing process, Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong> is<br />

setting the standard for other manufacturers to follow<br />

– making use of recycled material mainstream rather<br />

than niche.<br />

“We want to see this first-of-its kind partnership pave<br />

the way for others; where waste is seen as an<br />

indispensable commodity and given a completely<br />

new lease of life. It would be fantastic to see more<br />

key industry players follow Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong> and incorporate<br />

circular economy thinking into production.”<br />

“We have been using recycled glass in our manufacturing<br />

process for some time already. As well as<br />

securing our glass supply, the quality and consistency<br />

that we are getting now from the new facility will<br />

enable us to increase further the percentage of glass<br />

cullet we use in the manufacture of our Glass Mineral<br />

Wool insulation solutions, taking us one step further<br />

in our sustainability journey.<br />

“This is also a real boost for the circular economy<br />

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

The Importance<br />

of PPE Compliance<br />

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

discusses the importance of PPE Compliance<br />

Pespiratory protective<br />

Personal Protective<br />

Equipment (PPE) can be<br />

vital for protecting workers<br />

who are fitting and removing<br />

insulation, but it can quickly<br />

become redundant when worn<br />

incorrectly.<br />

Non-compliance can come in<br />

many forms but is typically seen<br />

when workers do not wear their<br />

PPE correctly, or choose not<br />

to wear it at all. It is therefore<br />

important to make compliance<br />

part of an organisation’s culture,<br />

putting safety at the forefront of<br />

the minds of both workers and<br />

management.<br />

The Personal Protective Equipment<br />

at Work Regulations Act<br />

1992 states that employers must<br />

give personnel suitable training on<br />

the use of supplied PPE and ensure<br />

that it is worn when required.<br />

Items such as hard hats, respirators,<br />

goggles and protective<br />

clothing can go a long way<br />

towards protecting an individual<br />

from hazards associated with the<br />

insulation industry – but PPE is<br />

only effective when it is worn, and<br />

worn correctly.<br />

Choosing PPE<br />

When selecting which items to<br />

supply workers with, health and<br />

safety managers should choose<br />

equipment that is not only adequate<br />

for the job, but also suitable<br />

for the wearer.<br />

While the level of protection given<br />

by PPE is of high priority, comfort<br />

is also a very important factor<br />

in the selection process. Considering<br />

the size, fit, weight and<br />

allowable movement in the PPE is<br />

therefore essential.<br />

Involving workers in the selection<br />

process can help to reduce<br />

incidences of non-compliance or<br />

disregard for PPE. The Workers’<br />

Choice campaign by 3M aims to<br />

ensure that supplied equipment<br />

does not become a hindrance to<br />

an individual and fulfils comfort<br />

requirements.<br />

Poor compatibility between PPE,<br />

like safety glasses and respiratory<br />

protection, can often be a reason<br />

behind non-compliance. If safety<br />

glasses and respirators have not<br />

been designed to accommodate<br />

one another, wearers may find<br />

that their eyewear steams up<br />

(causing them to remove the item)<br />

or their PPE fits incorrectly on<br />

their faces – potentially reducing<br />

the protection provided.<br />

3M offers extensive free product<br />

trials, giving employees time to<br />

initially try solutions and managers<br />

a chance to ensure that there is<br />

worker buy-in.<br />

Open Discussion<br />

Encouraging open conversation<br />

about PPE use, and giving<br />

a workforce methods of raising<br />

issues, can be a positive way to<br />

improve compliance in the workplace.<br />

Sometimes personnel simply do<br />

not realise the seriousness of<br />

incorrect PPE wear and experienced<br />

workers may think they<br />

know best.<br />

3M also offers questionnaires to<br />

help health and safety managers<br />

get valuable feedback from their<br />

workforce. This helps to identify<br />

the reasons why they may not be<br />

wearing their PPE – perhaps because<br />

it’s uncomfortable, restricts<br />

their ability to do their job or that it<br />

takes too long to put on.<br />

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A key part of improving compliance<br />

rates is properly training<br />

employees on not only how to<br />

wear their equipment correctly, but<br />

also why it is important to do so<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 />

Training<br />

Sometimes non-compliance can be unintentional<br />

- employees may not be aware they are wearing<br />

their PPE incorrectly.<br />

A key part of improving compliance rates is<br />

properly training employees on not only how to<br />

wear their equipment correctly, but also why it<br />

is important to do so. Those informed about the<br />

hazards they face may be more likely to want to<br />

protect themselves.<br />

The type and level of training required will depend<br />

on the nature of the work and the hazards<br />

involved. Workers should be informed of the<br />

correct way to wear each item, the approved<br />

cleaning, maintenance and storage methods,<br />

and also how to spot and report defects.<br />

Setting the Tone<br />

Compliance should be regularly monitored and<br />

nonconformity addressed promptly.<br />

Managers have to be noticeably visible in complying<br />

with any safety requirements. Wherever<br />

possible, they should engage with workers in an<br />

encouraging manner if and when they observe<br />

non-compliance. Asking non-confrontational<br />

questions that tap into the reasoning behind the<br />

non-compliance can help with making future<br />

improvements.<br />

In addition to mandatory signage, it can also be<br />

useful to display awareness posters that signify<br />

the risks and rules of PPE compliance around the<br />

workspace. This will keep safety at the forefront<br />

of everyone’s mind.<br />


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<strong>Insulate</strong> News<br />

Lucideon Becomes<br />

Member of National <strong>Insulation</strong> Association<br />

Lucideon, the international<br />

materials development<br />

and commercialization<br />

organization, is delighted<br />

to announce that it is now a<br />

member of the National <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Association (NIA).<br />

The NIA represents manufacturers,<br />

system certificate holders<br />

and installers of cavity wall, external<br />

wall, internal wall, loft, roof<br />

and floor insulation and draught<br />

proofing in the UK.<br />

For Lucideon, membership of the<br />

NIA will facilitate introductions<br />

within industry and the promotion<br />

of its services, as well as the<br />

opportunity to attend members’<br />

meetings and the annual conference.<br />

The sharing of industry<br />

news and briefings on policy<br />

matters, regulations and technical<br />

matters will ensure Lucideon<br />

remains abreast of developments<br />

within this sector.<br />

Neil Marshall, chief executive<br />

at the NIA, said:<br />

“As the insulation industry’s<br />

leading trade association, we’re<br />

very pleased to have Lucideon<br />

join us as they will not only bring a<br />

wealth of knowledge and expertise<br />

regarding EWI, but will also<br />

strengthen our industry voice with<br />

Government and external stakeholders.”<br />

Joanne Booth, business<br />

manager, construction at<br />

Lucideon, added:<br />

“Being a member of the NIA will enable us to<br />

further support and provide up-to-date advice to<br />

our own customers who are key players in the<br />

External Wall <strong>Insulation</strong> (EWI) industry.<br />

“I’m very much looking forward to participating in<br />

the EWI Technical Committee meetings. Using our<br />

extensive knowledge and testing experience, we<br />

will be able to provide an insight into the key<br />

factors affecting the performance of EWI systems<br />

under the current controversial aspects of<br />

durability and resistance to wind loads which are<br />

negatively affecting the industry.”<br />

Lucideon provides support<br />

throughout the lifecycle of<br />

products, systems and buildings,<br />

from developing new materials<br />

and laboratory testing, to factory<br />

production control and on-site<br />

investigations.<br />

The purpose-built, large-scale<br />

construction laboratory at Lucideon’s<br />

Stoke-on-Trent headquarters<br />

has a 300 anchorage strong<br />

floor, loading rigs with 900 tonne<br />

capacity, as well as large-capacity<br />

hygrothermal testing chambers<br />

and an indoor dynamic wind<br />

loading and wind uplift test rig.<br />

To find out more about Lucideon<br />

and its service offerings for the<br />

construction industry, please visit<br />

www.lucideon.com/construction.<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> insulate Columnist columnist<br />

Growing Support for<br />

non-combustible insulation and cladding<br />

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

I<br />

n the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower,<br />

what has become clear is that the support for<br />

using non-combustible materials is growing<br />

and growing rapidly. Along with MIMA, the Royal<br />

Institute for British Architects, the Association<br />

of British Insurers, the All-Party Parliamentary<br />

Group on Fire Safety and Rescue and the Communities<br />

and Local Government Select Committee<br />

have all recommended the use of non-combustible<br />

materials only on high rise and sensitive<br />

building façades.<br />

Building owners have also been seeking support in<br />

assessing the safety of their buildings with the Metal<br />

Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association<br />

(MCRMA) publicly stating in November 2017 that,<br />

“Guidelines are not legal requirements, and should<br />

be considered the minimum acceptable standards.<br />

The legal requirement is for buildings to adequately<br />

resist the spread of fire and therefore, common sense<br />

suggests the use of limited combustibility materials<br />

wherever reasonably possible. Furthermore, it is a<br />

great concern that to date there is no guidance to<br />

discourage highly combustible façades from being<br />

installed on buildings under 18m (such as a five-storey<br />

block of flats).”<br />

Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral<br />

Wool <strong>Insulation</strong> Manufacturers Association, the industry trade body for<br />

non-combustible, breathable insulation which provides an authoritative<br />

source of independent information and advice on glass and stone wool<br />

insulation. MIMA actively promotes the benefits of mineral wool insulation<br />

and the contribution it makes to the energy efficiency of buildings and to<br />

the comfort and well-being of their occupants.<br />

For further details of the guidance, please visit MIMA’s website at http://<br />

mima.info/info-centre/news/ or contact Sarah at sarah@mima.info<br />

This guide provides information in respect to building<br />

façades, and includes details of A1 and A2<br />

Euro-class rated non-combustible façade materials<br />

which meet the highest standards of performance<br />

in relation to fire whilst also delivering on energy<br />

efficiency.<br />

Additionally, whilst our guidance focusses on building<br />

façades, the guidance it offers is also relevant to<br />

other building aspects such as at roofs and cavities<br />

which contain insulation materials.<br />

MIMA has responded to this call by publishing<br />

guidance recommending that all mid- and high-rise<br />

buildings of 12 metres and over should be reviewed,<br />

as well as all sensitive and high occupancy buildings<br />

such as hospitals, schools, hotels and sports<br />

arenas, regardless of their height.<br />


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Industry guidance and recommendations for non-combustible materials only<br />

The MCRMA supported their November statement with the following advice to its members to be taken in<br />

conjunction with professional advice:<br />

PE ACM (Polyethylene Aluminium Composite Material) should not be used for<br />

construction, internally or externally, at any height.<br />

The overwhelming priority is to satisfy yourself that you have taken reasonable<br />

steps to ensure that the building adequately resists the spread of fire, not<br />

that you have followed the minimum requirements of the current guidance.<br />

A marginal cost benefit is not a reasonable justification for choosing a significantly<br />

more combustible product.<br />

Height – for the purposes of fire safety, and in the knowledge that refurbished<br />

buildings may have poor standards of passive fire safety, the MCRMA considers<br />

the appropriate threshold for height consideration to be 12m. This<br />

represents a typical three-storey building where one would have a reasonable<br />

expectation to survive escaping via a window, in the event that stairs were<br />

inaccessible.<br />

High Buildings (>=12m) – the major elements of the external façade should<br />

comprise only limited combustibility materials (subject to items 7 and 8).<br />

These include the sheathing board (where used), the insulation, the mounting<br />

system and the external facing material. Thermal isolation pads and vapour<br />

membranes located between the sheathing board (or structure) and insulation<br />

are not included, but the total combustible energy content of minor<br />

components should not exceed 20 MJ/ m2. There are currently too many<br />

concerns regarding the BS 8414 test to confidently use it as the sole measure<br />

of fire safety of an ‘as installed’ system. The MCRMA is seeking further<br />

evidence on the robustness and predictability of BR 135 results when systems<br />

contain commonly found construction errors and variations such as<br />

wall penetrations.<br />

Low Buildings (< 12m) – having no limitation on the combustibility of low rise<br />

buildings (which often includes hotels, hospitals, schools) is not adequately<br />

preventing the spread of fire.<br />

If combustible insulation is used, it should be Euroclass B or C and only used<br />

in conjunction with limited combustibility (A1 or A2) external facing material.<br />

If combustible external facing material is used it should be Euroclass B (and<br />

used with class A1 or A2 insulation).<br />

Toxicity –It is possible that in future, toxicity and smoke performance will<br />

be regulated. It is nevertheless common sense to choose materials with<br />

superior toxicity and smoke characteristics (i.e. ‘s2’ or above).<br />

‘Limited Combustibility’ – for the purposes of this guidance, also includes<br />

‘non-combustible’. Above 12m, limited combustibility external facing products<br />

that rely on bonding or adhesives for their mechanical integrity must<br />

prove their mechanical stability in a fire through the successful pass of a BS<br />

8414 test. This includes ACM material, non-mechanically fixed materials<br />

and sandwich panels.<br />

Low melting point materials – care should be taken with materials such<br />

as zinc. Above 12m, the MCRMA would advise where a material is specified<br />

with a melting point below aluminium, that a BS 8414 test verifies<br />

the mechanical performance. Similarly, MCRMA advises against using an<br />

external facing material that has a significantly higher melting point than the<br />

mounting system (e.g. Corten on aluminium). There is a danger in such situations<br />

that the load bearing framework could disintegrate in a fire prior to<br />

the facing material, resulting in a catastrophic collapse of the entire façade.<br />

Roofing – MCRMA reminds members that similar diligence should be<br />

shown when considering the re performance of a roof.<br />

Product Identification – missing or incorrect product marking was a major<br />

obstacle in the identification of materials following the Grenfell fire. Given<br />

the difficulties associated with identifying similar looking materials, MCRMA<br />

recommends that the installed major elements are traceable and identifiable<br />

(e.g. through visible markings or radio frequency (RFID) tags). This is not<br />

only good quality control practice but will also help building control inspectors<br />

check that the correct materials are being used during construction.<br />

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG, previously DCLG) has also produced a series<br />

of guidance notes for building owners since June 2017. These notes have included information on assessing the materials<br />

on buildings, assessing the compliance of the materials used and undertaking remedial works.<br />

MIMA’s guidance will be available at the beginning of <strong>March</strong> and will be circulated to a wide range of stakeholders,<br />

including building owners, local and national government organisations and departments as well as Ministers and<br />

Parliamentarians.<br />

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

Stranger Uses of<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong><br />

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

<strong>Insulation</strong> should be a reliable sector of construction<br />

in which to work - most products<br />

are made for specific applications, certified<br />

to demonstrate their suitability in those applications,<br />

and sold via a distribution network designed<br />

to see them reach building sites. But what<br />

happens when people get other ideas? by Paul<br />

Forrester<br />

Although the construction industry’s resistance to<br />

change is frequently cited as a bad thing, it does offer<br />

one or two perks. Repeating and refining a limited<br />

number of methods or processes, for example, quickly<br />

builds a vast database of knowledge about what works<br />

and what doesn’t.<br />

The journey of manufacturing, testing and<br />

approving products makes sure they’re used<br />

appropriately and safely, and will do what the manufacturer<br />

claims when used as part of those proven building methods.<br />

For anybody offering technical support in the use of<br />

insulation products, that predictability is a foundation<br />

for confident, accurate advice.<br />

New tricks<br />

There will always be projects where unusual site conditions<br />

are encountered, or where a unique detail needs<br />

treating in a different way.<br />

In such situations, the architect or specifier might be<br />

aware of it and tackle the issue head on. Other times,<br />

the manufacturer’s technical helpdesk might spot a<br />

potential stumbling block and pass the query back for<br />

further thought.<br />

A certain amount of common sense can be applied to<br />

questions about ‘non-standard’ uses, but sometimes<br />

requests for the unusual go beyond the comfort zone<br />

of manufacturers’ expertise. Every once in a while,<br />

somebody throws a curveball.<br />

The next section of the article relies heavily on a background<br />

in rigid foam insulation, but sales and technical<br />

staff working for manufacturers of other insulation types<br />

undoubtedly get their fair share of strange requests for<br />

advice too.<br />

Question Time<br />

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

short quiz for you: which of the following are real applications<br />

in which people wanted to use rigid insulation<br />

boards?<br />

• Lining the hull of an aluminium catamaran.<br />

• Refurbishing an oast house.<br />

• A hog roast cooking pit.<br />

• A chamber storing, and keeping warm,<br />

large pots of honey.<br />

• In the floor of a chimpanzee enclosure.<br />

• For a new building at an owl sanctuary.<br />

Strength of Feeling<br />

It is, as you have probably guessed, a trick question.<br />

They’re all real, and a couple of them are not as<br />

detached from common practice as they might sound<br />

(the owl sanctuary, meanwhile, is both real and simply<br />

a fun reference for any Alan Partridge fans).<br />

Where the chimpanzee enclosure was concerned, a<br />

floor is a floor regardless of what species of great ape<br />

walks on it.<br />

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A certain amount of common sense can be<br />

applied to questions about ‘non-standard’<br />

uses, but sometimes requests for the unusual<br />

go beyond the comfort zone of manufacturers’<br />

expertise.<br />

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It was a perfectly normal floor with no unusual loads<br />

and, as such, merited no special consideration<br />

beyond its potential to one day inspire a magazine<br />

article(!).<br />

Oast houses were buildings for drying hops as part of<br />

the brewing process, most commonly found in South<br />

East England and the West Midlands. Many are<br />

converted and refurbished, mainly for domestic use<br />

(including in this example), and are typically characterised<br />

by their unusual shape. The only way to sensibly<br />

fix rigid sheets was to a timber frame constructed<br />

internally, avoiding the need to follow the contours of<br />

the structure.<br />

Stranger Things<br />

The catamaran, the cooking pit and the warming<br />

chamber were all less clear cut. The conditions in<br />

which the insulation was expected to be used, the<br />

way it would be fixed, and the surrounding constructions<br />

were all unclear.<br />

unconventional applications doesn’t just mean being<br />

willing to seek advice. It means being prepared to<br />

potentially consult several different sources.<br />

It also means being prepared to work<br />

collaboratively to try and arrive at a solution that<br />

has the best chance of succeeding. There’s a good<br />

chance the person you speak to wants to help but<br />

is simply uncertain - perhaps because the product<br />

they’re giving advice about is not well suited to your<br />

proposal, or because the information they’re being<br />

asked to make a judgement on is insufficient.<br />

If the inclusion of insulation is not part of an holistic<br />

approach to making the chosen project and<br />

application as efficient as possible then there is little<br />

to be gained from installing it in an isolated area -<br />

because the lack of any resulting benefit will be most<br />

unexpected.<br />

It was possible to understand why someone wanted<br />

to use insulation for these distinctly different applications,<br />

but it was difficult to understand how best to<br />

use it to achieve a good result - or even what a good<br />

result would be!<br />

There are no clearly defined U-value targets for these<br />

situations; it is not obvious how to achieve continuous<br />

insulation, or whether vapour control measures<br />

are a necessity. The client couldn’t put into words exactly<br />

what they wanted to achieve - they just wanted<br />

to know if the insulation was ‘suitable’.<br />

And that’s a difficult question to answer. Just because<br />

something could be used, does it mean that it<br />

should be used?<br />

Grand Designs<br />

IProblem solving is inherent to the construction<br />

industry, finding solutions for new ideas and<br />

unfamiliar situations. But specifying insulation for



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New Product Innovation<br />

Mauer EWI System<br />

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

Freezing cold weather gripped the UK at the<br />

end of February and into <strong>March</strong>, and the<br />

deficiencies of the country’s housing stock<br />

were once again laid bare for all to see. A gas<br />

supply warning, issued at the height of the poor<br />

conditions, only served to highlight the fragility<br />

of relying heavily on mostly imported fossil<br />

fuels.<br />

It’s easy to talk about pursuing better standards for<br />

new buildings as an answer to this. That remains<br />

important, but the real differences stand to be made<br />

in tackling existing homes and buildings.<br />

Energy bills and fuel poverty; unhealthy buildings<br />

and weather-related fatalities (including overheating<br />

in summer); carbon emissions targets and the UK’s<br />

contribution to climate change - all will remain an<br />

issue without ambitious retrofit targets.<br />

Mixed success<br />

Government schemes like the Green Deal and ECO<br />

have tried to kick-start energy efficiency improvements<br />

with varying degrees of success. Where improvements<br />

to existing homes have been made, they<br />

have tended to be the ‘low hanging fruit’ of relatively<br />

straightforward solutions.<br />

Achieving a wider level of retrofit, however, means<br />

engaging with and incentivising owner-occupiers and<br />

the private rented sector.<br />

With that in mind, April <strong>2018</strong> sees minimum energy<br />

efficiency standards for rental properties come into<br />

effect. From the beginning of the month, landlords will<br />

not be able to offer new leases on properties in Energy<br />

Performance Certificate (EPC) bands F or G. In<br />

2020, active leases will fall under the regulations too.<br />

An English Housing Survey in 2014 suggested there<br />

are more than a quarter of a million private rental<br />

properties in England and Wales that do not meet the<br />

minimum band E requirement, and there are already<br />

calls to tighten the rules to band C by 2030.<br />

Mission impossible? Not necessarily...<br />

Mauer UK Ltd want to help tackle these issues, particularly<br />

fuel poverty. Achieving retrofit at scale means<br />

finding new solutions to improve the building fabric<br />

of properties with solid walls or narrow, hard-to-treat<br />

cavities - thereby reducing fuel consumption and<br />

energy bills for occupants.<br />

The team at Mauer, led by Dan and Matt, have immersed<br />

themselves in the development of a unique<br />

external wall insulation (EWI) system providing an<br />

efficient and cost-effective answer to the challenges<br />

faced by existing solutions.<br />

The self-funded project has led to the first genuine<br />

innovation in the EWI industry for several years, and<br />

they are proud to introduce it to the readers of <strong>Insulate</strong><br />

magazine.<br />

Embracing off-site manufacturing (OSM)<br />

One of the difficulties of producing a viable insulation<br />

solution is the variety found across the housing stock.<br />

A system that is easy to apply on one site may be<br />

impossible at another, and that uncertainty is harmful<br />

to the success of the industry.<br />

Recognising this variety, Mauer use laser-scanning<br />

technology to digitally survey each property. The<br />

results are uploaded to CAD software to create a<br />

bespoke design to millimetre accuracy. In turn, that<br />

design informs a manufacturing process that takes<br />

full advantage of the benefits of OSM.<br />

Every insulation component is produced and cured in<br />

factory conditions before being delivered to the installer,<br />

fully finished, ready for use as a<br />

project-specific ‘kit’.<br />

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Product Features Summary<br />

• Ideal for new and existing buildings; traditional procurement or modular build<br />

• Manufactured off-site; installation is fast and not weather dependent.<br />

• Independently tested to ETAG 034 (European technical approval of kits for external wall claddings).<br />

• Complete system, including composite facade board (CFB) and steel framing system, assessed and awarded an Agrement<br />

certificate by Kiwa BDA.<br />

• Durable, low-maintenance and robust: suitable for any exposure and impact zone.<br />

• Unrivalled structural stability under wind loading.<br />

• U-value of 0.295 W/m2K, based on TRISCO numerical modelling calculations.<br />

• Core insulant material: Knauf Supafil Frame (blown mineral fibre giving complete coverage).<br />

• Overall fire rating of Euroclass A2 (non-combustible).<br />

• Insurance-backed product.<br />

• Eligible for ECO funding.<br />

• Complete traceability of all raw materials.<br />

• Mauer is a working partner on several UK and European energy efficiency and innovation projects.<br />

• Approximate 25% cost saving compared to conventional EWI solutions.<br />

• Choice of finishes: brick or stone-effect all derived from one Mauer-specific raw material. Colour matching available, and<br />

bespoke patterns and sizes available.<br />

Working with Mauer<br />

Visit mauer.uk.com/get-in-touch to find out more<br />

about the Mauer EWI system, case studies and<br />

its further development, or to enquire about using<br />

it on a project or becoming an installer.<br />

The Mauer technical team assist throughout,<br />

including a constant on-site presence and<br />

monitoring of the design, production (based in<br />

East Lancashire) and installation.

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New BBA Room in a Roof<br />

Scheme Cuts Inspection Costs<br />

IA unique scheme to make Room in Roof<br />

installation compliance quicker and cheaper<br />

has been launched by the British Board of<br />

Agrément (BBA).<br />

Just one inspection is required with the BBA’s new<br />

Room in Roof <strong>Insulation</strong> Installer Scheme, the first of<br />

its kind in the industry.<br />

“This new all-inclusive service makes it quicker<br />

and more cost-effective for insulation contractors<br />

to ensure their room in roof projects comply with<br />

regulations,” said Ken O’Sullivan, Head of Audit &<br />

Inspection at the BBA. “Until now installers have been<br />

required to gain separate approvals for pitched roof<br />

and internal wall insulation installations. This new<br />

scheme requires just one, lowering costs and saving<br />

time for contractors.”<br />

Properly insulated loft conversions and rooms in roofs<br />

can retain up to 25% of heat generated in a house.<br />

Work must be done correctly to ensure it complies<br />

with energy efficiency, ventilation, fire protection<br />

standards and Building Regulations. The RiR scheme<br />

has been developed following feedback from BBA<br />

competent installer scheme members, leveraging the<br />

technical excellence offered by the BBA and its Approved<br />

Installer network to deliver properly and safely<br />

insulated rooms in roofs in a more cost-effective and<br />

timely way.<br />

Existing BBA Approved installers need only ask to<br />

join the scheme. Those not yet BBA Approved must<br />

register for assessment.<br />

The British Board of Agrément was formed in 1966<br />

and offers certification, testing, audit and inspection<br />

services to manufacturers of construction products<br />

and systems and installer approval. It is also the UK’s<br />

leading authority on the assessment of insulation<br />

products and installation techniques.<br />

For further information contact eives@bbacerts.co.uk<br />

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

NIA Helping Landlords<br />

Meet New Energy Efficiency Regulations<br />

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

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The National <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Association (NIA) is<br />

providing assistance to<br />

private landlords to help them<br />

meet new regulations by<br />

providing access to NIA<br />

installer members to carry out<br />

work.<br />

On 1st April <strong>2018</strong>, the Government<br />

is introducing new regulations<br />

in England and Wales which<br />

will require private landlord’s with<br />

premises that are rated EPC band<br />

F or G to upgrade them to band<br />

E by installing insulation measures<br />

before they can renew tenancies<br />

or re-let the properties.<br />

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of<br />

the NIA commented: “Landlords<br />

can contact their local NIA Installer<br />

member free of charge through<br />

the installer postcode locator tool<br />

on our website www.nia-uk.org<br />

to obtain a survey and quotation<br />

and details of grants available to<br />

help pay for the work. By using<br />

an NIA member, landlords can be<br />

safe in the knowledge that the installer<br />

meets stringent criteria and<br />

has signed up to the NIA’s Code<br />

of Professional Practice providing<br />

added assurance and recourse.”<br />

“We believe it’s important that<br />

landlords have access to the<br />

most trusted and reliable of local<br />

specialists, and we hope that our<br />

online service will enable<br />

landlords to meet their obligations<br />

by making their properties more<br />

energy efficient.”<br />

“Landlords should be thinking<br />

about what they need to do to<br />

meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency<br />

Standard (MEES) and how<br />

they can provide warmer homes<br />

for their tenants. The minimum E<br />

rating may be raised further in the<br />

future and so landlords with buildings<br />

rated F or G may decide that<br />

they wish to spend more than the<br />

minimum in order to bring those<br />

buildings to D or above.”<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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<strong>Insulate</strong> Columnist<br />

Wellbeing<br />

and the Built Enviroment<br />

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

Wlhether it is at home, in workplaces, leisure facilities or healthcare environments, there can<br />

be no doubt that people spend large amounts of their time in buildings. In the drive towards<br />

both sustainability in construction and reducing our carbon footprint, we need to ensure that<br />

we build with this in mind. So, naturally we should be creating buildings that ultimately make people<br />

feel healthier and happier.<br />

We already know that a well-designed<br />

and insulated building fabric<br />

provides the benefits of energy<br />

reduction, lower fuel bills and<br />

better control of internal temperature,<br />

keeping the occupants warm<br />

in winter and cool in the summer<br />

which all adds to their comfort and<br />

wellbeing. But it’s not just an issue<br />

of temperature that impacts our<br />

wellbeing; we need to design to<br />

control humidity and consider the<br />

acoustic and visual comfort of occupants.<br />

Well-designed ventilation<br />

systems promoting good indoor air<br />

quality, coupled with good natural<br />

light are essential elements for<br />

good health.<br />

Of course, the improved health of<br />

building occupants is a key consideration<br />

since warm, dry homes<br />

help to reduce the impact on the<br />

NHS by the most vulnerable in our<br />

society. Living in under-heated,<br />

cold and draughty homes can<br />

pose severe health risks, due to<br />

the higher instances of damp and<br />

mould, which exacerbates health<br />

issues such as asthma, bronchitis,<br />

heart and lung disease.<br />

A comfortable thermal environment<br />

that will meet all these needs and<br />

those of all occupants is of course<br />

a challenge, particularly when you<br />

take into consideration individual<br />

preferences and also the vagaries<br />

of a building’s thermal environment.<br />

High performance PIR insulation<br />

has an important role to play in<br />

any new build or retrofit project<br />

which aims to substantially raise<br />

thermal performance standards<br />

and improve the building’s internal<br />

environment. Good design and<br />

workmanship also play their part,<br />

as does good detailing. Ultimately,<br />

it’s a balancing act of a complex<br />

set of interdependent factors –<br />

however, the benefits of getting it<br />

right are worth it.<br />

Sustainable buildings are not just<br />

about energy performance, aesthetics<br />

and the materials that are<br />

used to build them, we must also<br />

ensure that the people that use<br />

them are comfortable and happy.<br />

The design of our built environment<br />

has a significant impact on<br />

the nation’s health and we need<br />

to ensure that we get it right first<br />

time in order for everyone to feel<br />

better about themselves in the<br />

longer term, and to ensure that we<br />

do not have to go back and retrofit<br />

buildings in the future because we<br />

failed to deliver today the highest<br />

performing insulation that is<br />

practically and economically<br />

available.<br />

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Sustainable buildings are not just about energy<br />

performance, aesthetics and the materials that are used<br />

to build them, we must also ensure that the people that<br />

use them are comfortable and happy.<br />


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 />

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

Understanding MEES<br />

How Landlords Can Prepare for April Deadline Day<br />

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

F<br />

rom April <strong>2018</strong>, new MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) will come into force, meaning<br />

a landlord cannot renew or grant tenancies of longer than six months if their property does not<br />

meet strict minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards. Failure to comply, and if<br />

the EPC rating of a property is an ‘F’ or lower, landlords are liable to pay a substantial fine, alongside<br />

the long-term loss of valuable rental income.<br />

Initially applying to domestic and non-domestic lettings<br />

and lease renewals, surprisingly only one third of UK<br />

landlords are aware of the new MEES rules, and with<br />

enforcement set to begin from next month, it is essential<br />

that changes are made to failing properties now to<br />

avoid hefty penalties – potentially up to £150,000.<br />

With MEES set to apply to all privately rented residential<br />

property from 2020 and to all existing non-domestic<br />

leases by 1st April 2023, Duncan Voice,<br />

Construction Materials Online offers guidance on how<br />

to successfully navigate the standards, as well as<br />

outlining why making the right choice in materials can<br />

help landlords future proof their property.<br />

MEES Basics<br />

Facing global pressure to reduce carbon emissions<br />

within the built environment, and to make the UK’s<br />

housing stock more efficient and attractive, MEES was<br />

first introduced by the Government in 2015. Contributing<br />

to the UK’s target of reducing CO2 emissions for<br />

all buildings to around zero by 2050, and with Build<br />

Regulations ensuring that new properties meet modern<br />

efficiency standards, the primary aim of MEES is to<br />

improve the energy output of the nation’s oldbuildings.<br />

Enforced by Local Weights and Measures of Local<br />

Authorities, MEES are based on an EPC rating of E<br />

and above – any property which is graded as an F or<br />

G will be considered unlawful to let, unless significant<br />

improvements are made to improve its energy efficiency.<br />

Properties which need to meet these standards<br />

include any domestic privately rented property, with<br />

only a few possible exemptions, including some listed<br />

buildings.<br />

While likely to be seen by many as an inconvenience,<br />

MEES offers several opportunities for landlords. For<br />

those with non-compliant properties, there is an<br />

opportunity to potentially increase market and rental<br />

value following energy efficiency upgrades, with tenants<br />

also benefiting from reduced energy requirements<br />

and lower bills.<br />

However, with the first deadline looming how can<br />

landlords of the 10% of UK residential properties and<br />

18% of commercial properties, which currently have<br />

an EPC rating of F or G meet the new energy efficiency<br />

standards quickly with minimal disruption?<br />

EPC Education<br />

Landlords can prepare for MEES now by first auditing<br />

their properties to understand which fall into the scope<br />

of MEES, as well as where improvements are required.<br />

While some may be tempted to undertake the required<br />

works at the end of a lease, a better option for landlords<br />

is to work with occupants, implementing incentives<br />

to allow necessary improvements to be made out<br />

during a tenancy.<br />

MEES is based on EPC ratings and it is essential that<br />

landlords carry out energy assessments to determine<br />

a property’s correct rating, with estimations revealing<br />

that nearly 70% of these are currently incorrect –<br />

largely due to changes in the assessment practice.<br />

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Carried out by a professional, EPC ratings<br />

are determined following a detailed survey<br />

of a building; this includes estimating its<br />

total energy and CO2 outputs, as well<br />

as assessing heating systems, insulation<br />

and windows, with a final grade provided<br />

between A-G.<br />

Several courses of action can be taken to<br />

improve a property’s EPC rating, ranging<br />

from the replacement of doors, windows<br />

or lights, to introducing a more efficient<br />

secondary heating source, such as electric<br />

heaters. However, where a rating is particularly<br />

poor, a larger investment may be<br />

required to address the fabric of a building.<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> plays a vital role in achieving a<br />

positive EPC rating, and a poorly insulated<br />

property can potentially lose up to 33%<br />

of its heat through its roof. For landlords,<br />

insulation materials need to be evaluated<br />

based on several crucial factors, including<br />

lifespan and ease of installation. Flexible<br />

materials such as spray foam or mineral<br />

wool are usually simple to retrofit; spray<br />

foam requires only a hole in the wall for<br />

applying it into the cavity of an empty<br />

room, such as a loft.<br />

Materials with long lifespans are unlikely to<br />

require further investment and disruption in<br />

future, and high performing materials significantly<br />

improve efficiency and occupant<br />

comfort. Materials such as TLX Gold Multifoil<br />

can be fitted from a building’s exterior,<br />

removing the need for internal access, or<br />

raising of a roof.<br />

Up to five times thinner than traditional<br />

forms of insulation, multifoil is also an<br />

ideal solution for smaller rooms or spaces.<br />

Achieving the same performance as its<br />

thicker counterparts, multifoil insulation ensures<br />

a comfortable internal environment<br />

all year round, with its reflective surface<br />

acting as a barrier to thermal transfer,<br />

resulting in significant energy savings.<br />

fibre – and, used on its own or combined<br />

with other insulations, can achieve any<br />

U-value. Easy to install and with little<br />

wastage, it’s also an eco-friendly choice,<br />

produced from 40% recycled materials.<br />

As an additional consideration, when<br />

selecting insulation for use in residential<br />

buildings with multiple occupants, insulation<br />

should also be chosen based on its<br />

acoustic performance qualities. Materials<br />

should impede the transmission of sound<br />

through a structure - Rockwool’s acoustic<br />

slab, made from volcanic rock, traps<br />

sound waves and dampens vibrations,<br />

and is easy to install around fittings and<br />

fixtures. Stone installation also provides<br />

exceptional fire performance qualities; a<br />

necessity in any residential or commercial<br />

building.<br />

Taking it Seriously<br />

Landlords should not see MEES as a<br />

box-ticking exercise, instead it should be<br />

viewed as a commercial opportunity, with<br />

many tenants and developers now evaluating<br />

properties based on EPC ratings<br />

– some tenants may also be willing to pay<br />

more for properties which are proven to be<br />

energy efficient.<br />

With the deadline of April 1 looming, landlords<br />

should take the opportunity to get to<br />

grips with the MEES now to understand<br />

the importance of energy efficiency, as<br />

well as how the impact of non-compliance<br />

could negatively affect leases and lending<br />

conditions. Making the required changes<br />

quickly will not only benefit both tenants<br />

and property owners but will go far in<br />

preventing the need for larger financial<br />

investments in the future.<br />

Multi-Layer Foil <strong>Insulation</strong> SF40 by Super-<br />

FOIL, is also a good choice for roofs, walls<br />

and floors. Offering enhanced thickness<br />

combined with radiant reflective and air<br />

barrier properties, it provides benefits over<br />

traditional open-face insulation like glass<br />

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Imaginative Use of Building Technology<br />

Creates a Compact yet Grand Design<br />

Small may be beautiful, but<br />

it isn’t always easy. In fact,<br />

creating a compact new build<br />

to squeeze into a limited footprint in<br />

London, while meeting all regulations<br />

(and the high expectations of a design<br />

engineer building his own home)<br />

was a challenge of grand proportions<br />

for Joe Stuart of Warehome. This<br />

ambitious project certainly met the<br />

‘interest factor’ for Channel 4’s iconic<br />

TV show. Occupying a plot of just 9.5<br />

x 4 m, the house is a<br />

contemporary timber frame design<br />

using structurally insulated panels,<br />

on the site of a former coffin workshop<br />

in east London, and is the<br />

smallest 2-bed residence permitted<br />

by London planners.<br />

As seen on Grand Designs: Joe Stuart<br />

has created a beautifully airtight<br />

and efficient home on a tiny plot in<br />

London<br />

Apart from elegant aesthetics and<br />

ensuring a sense of light and flow in a<br />

restricted space, safety and sustainable<br />

performance were also key considerations.<br />

To ensure excellent wind, water<br />

and UV resistance with superior vapour<br />

diffusion, while also minimising fire risk<br />

and enhancing airtightness and thermal<br />

stability, a clever combination of Tyvek®<br />

membranes, tapes and sealants was<br />

applied to the building envelope.<br />

Among the products and systems used<br />

to achieve the performance goals of this<br />

design is Tyvek® UV Façade, a specialised<br />

all black breather membrane with<br />

excellent longevity, which allows for greater<br />

design freedom and confidence when<br />

installed behind open-jointed façades.<br />

It makes the ideal ‘behind-the-scenes’<br />

partner for the elegant Cedar cladding<br />

that Joe selected for the exterior.<br />

Another important element is Tyvek®<br />

FireCurb® Housewrap, an innovative<br />

fire-retardant breather membrane that<br />

has been applied to protect the timber<br />

frame structure and the foam-filled SIPS<br />

– a vital specification due to the proximity<br />

of neighbouring buildings. In addition, an<br />

ingenious concertina-style airtight sealant<br />

tape, Tyvek® FlexWrap NF, has been<br />

fitted to thoroughly seal awkward joints<br />

and penetrations, including the bespoke<br />

windows that Joe designed. This optimal<br />

system is completed by Tyvek® Supro, a<br />

highly valued underlay with many years of<br />

proven durability.<br />

Pictures: Joe chose a combination of<br />

advanced Tyvek® membranes and tapes<br />

to create a holistic system for the building<br />

envelope that would optimise both airtightness<br />

and thermal efficiency, and keep<br />

the structure and insulation well-protected<br />

from the elements, for the long<br />

term. These include: specialised breather<br />

membranes Tyvek® UV Façade (with<br />

Tyvek® FlexWrap® NF airtight sealing<br />

tape) behind the cladding, and Tyvek®<br />

FireCurb® Housewrap to the walls.<br />

Undertaking the kind of thorough research<br />

one would expect from a design<br />

and engineering professional, Joe says,<br />

“I chose the best products and combinations<br />

available. I needed absolute<br />

reliability when it came to quality and performance.<br />

Great advice and service from<br />

the DuPont regional manager and the experts<br />

at the Tyvek® Building Knowledge<br />

Centre made addressing the project’s<br />

complex challenges far easier and more<br />

straightforward. This may be one of the<br />

smallest 2-bed houses in London, but it<br />

will always be one of my most important<br />

projects, and an example of what my<br />

practice can achieve.”<br />

“I know that I have made the right choice<br />

in Tyvek®,” Joe adds,” and I can have<br />

complete confidence in the long-term<br />

performance and energy saving of the<br />

building envelope.”<br />

The build took 28-year-old Joe two years<br />

to complete at a budget of £250,000, but<br />

now means that he and partner Lina can<br />

not only leave behind the ‘rent trap’ for<br />

young Londoners, but can take pride in<br />

a home they have lovingly poured heart,<br />

soul and sheer grit into creating.<br />

For more information about DuPont Tyvek®, FlexWrap® and AirGuard® please<br />

visit: www.construction.tyvek.co.uk or call 08444 068 722<br />

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<strong>Insulation</strong> Apprentice Champion<br />

to be Announced at IEX <strong>2018</strong><br />

On <strong>16</strong>th and 17th May the best insulators<br />

from nine European countries will meet<br />

in Cologne at the leading <strong>Insulation</strong> trade<br />

fair IEX - <strong>Insulation</strong> Expo Europe to crown the<br />

European Champion of the insulation trade.<br />

Showcasing Skill at <strong>Insulation</strong> Expo IEX<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Expo Europe provides apprentices with an<br />

opportunity to showcase the high standards in insulation<br />

and cladding work for cold and thermal insulation<br />

as well as acoustic and fire protection.<br />

The championship is organised by FESI (Fédération<br />

Européenne des Syndicats d’Entreprises d’Isolation),<br />

the umbrella trade association of the European<br />

insulation industry. Apprentices from nine nations will<br />

compete this year, including teams from Germany,<br />

the UK, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland,<br />

Denmark, Poland and Ireland.<br />

The Challenge Ahead<br />

The challenge that will be faced by the best <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

installers from nine countries involves the lagging of a<br />

dummy with a variety of different insulation materials.<br />

FESI general secretary Andreas Gürtler Says<br />

“The level of technical expertise at the FESI <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Apprentice Championship is extremely high; each<br />

nation sends their best insulation apprentices, all of<br />

whom prevailed in their respective national competitions<br />

as country champions”<br />

“But the event isn’t all about the fighting spirit –<br />

cooperation, mutual understanding and friendship<br />

among the competitors play an equally important<br />

role”<br />

IEX – <strong>Insulation</strong> Expo Europe <strong>2018</strong><br />

The European championship will take place at IEX –<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Expo Europe. As the leading trade fair for<br />

industrial insulation materials and technologies, IEX<br />

is the No. 1 destination for insulation companies, facilities<br />

engineering planners, mechanical engineering<br />

companies, architects, energy managers and facility<br />

managers looking for efficient insulation. The trade<br />

fair puts on display the entire range of materials and<br />

processing options in thermal, cold, acoustic and fire<br />

protection. The exhibition spectrum covers everything<br />

from insulation materials and systems to tools, equipment,<br />

measuring instruments and software solutions.<br />

In total, more than 150 exhibitors are expected at<br />

the Exhibition Centre in Cologne on <strong>16</strong> and 17 May<br />

<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

For more information visit the<br />

IEX <strong>Insulation</strong> Expo website<br />

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