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Insulate Magazine - April Issue 17

A Free Lunch, The language of Insulation, Artificial Intelligence and Insulation, and in-depth review of Ecobuild 2018 feature amongst articles from the BBA, NIA, Kingspan, IMA, Sto and more feature in this months edition

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www.insulatenetwork.com Insulate News Sto Helps Bring Tallest Piece of Street Art Alive in Leeds A Wall insulation system supplied by Sto Ltd has helped bring to life a 137ft high mural called “Athena Rising” in what is considered to be the tallest piece of street art in the UK. The office development in Leeds has been clad with StoTherm Vario external wall insulation and finished with StoColor X-black facade paint. Created by articles Cbloxx and AYLO (Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner from the Nomad Clan Muralists Collective) the artwork depicts an owl in flight alongside a moon and a crown. The artwork took four weeks to complete and covers the east elevation of the building. To complete the ‘Athena Rising” street art Joy and Hayley were required to suspend from a cradle, hand-painting the artwork using emulsion and spray paint. Sto’s Account Manager, Jim Allan said: “This project is an excellent example of the way that Sto can provide a fully integrated solution for an unusual project such as this.” “StoTherm Vario is a high performance and cost-effective insulation system which features a mineralic reinforcing coat which is designed to meet stringent fire safety requirements. It provides excellent thermal performance and protects the external wall from weathering. No additional expansion joints are required and this was an important feature for the Platform building, as it gave Joy and Hayley a smooth canvas on which to work.” Dark finishes on render applied over external wall insulation have traditionally suffered from heat build-up due to solar gain. This can subject the render and insulation to temperatures of up to 80°C, which causes dimensional instability, cracking and damage to the insulation. However, the StoColor X-black paint uses special near-infrared black pigments that cause much of the solar energy in the invisible near-infrared spectrum to be reflected. Despite the render surface being dark in colour, it stays considerably cooler, protecting both the render itself and the insulation material beneath it from the extremes of thermal stress. The Nomad Clan’s work is part of the city-wide street art project in Leeds, called ‘A City Less Grey’. Joy and Hayley are experienced giant muralists, having painted some of the largest artworks in the North of England, and they have been called ‘one of street art’s finest female duos.’ Craig Burrow of the building’s owner, Bruntwood said: “We’re very excited to be part of this project and pleased that Platform can provide the canvas for this mural,.” “Bruntwood firmly believes that the strength of our cities is directly impacted by social and cultural vibrancy, so it’s great to see citywide projects like ‘A City Less Grey’ bringing organisations from across the region together to create powerful art. “Bruntwood firmly believes that the strength of our cities is directly impacted by social and cultural vibrancy, so it’s great to see citywide projects like ‘A City Less Grey’ bringing organisations from across the region together to create powerful art.” 10 www.insulatenetwork.com

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