Insulate Magazine Issue 12 - November 2017

The 1st Birthday issue of Insulate magazine titled "Round 12 with Recticel" features an exclusive interview with Recticel's commercial Director Kevin Bohea. If that wasn't enough we have a great exclusive inside the BBA, featuring an interview with BBA Chef Executive Richard Beale.

The 1st Birthday issue of Insulate magazine titled "Round 12 with Recticel" features an exclusive interview with Recticel's commercial Director Kevin Bohea. If that wasn't enough we have a great exclusive inside the BBA, featuring an interview with BBA Chef Executive Richard Beale.


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Round <strong>12</strong><br />

with Recticel<br />

The only independent<br />

insulation industry<br />

trade magazine<br />

Exclusive Interview with Commercial Director Kevin Bohea<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>12</strong> | <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Inside this months issue<br />

Richard Beale BBA Exclusive<br />

What's in a U-value Calculation?<br />

New Identity for Association<br />

Ambition for Energy Efficiency

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Part 2: When is an Insulation Manufacturer 8-9<br />

BBA Behind the Scenes with Richard Beale 10-<strong>12</strong><br />

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When we started <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> <strong>12</strong> months ago, we<br />

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In this bumper Birthday issue, we’ve got an exclusive interview from Recticel’s<br />

Kevin Bohea, An introduction to The BBA’s Commercial Director<br />

Richard Beale. We shine the spotlight on the EEIG launch with Sarah<br />

Kostense-Winterton and have a major announcement from Simon Storer of<br />

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Cover Story Exclusive<br />

Round <strong>12</strong><br />

with Recticel's Kevin Bohea<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>’s Colin Heath had the unique oppotunity to get in the ring for round <strong>12</strong> (issue <strong>12</strong>) with<br />

Recticel’s Commercial Director Kevin Bohea. In the Interview Kevin reflects on his industry background,<br />

the Recticel proposition, the key behind Recticel’s growth and the plans for the future.<br />

Hi Kevin, Thanks for taking the time with us, you’ve<br />

spent some twenty years in the construction industry,<br />

could you talk us through that period until<br />

joining Recticel in 2013?<br />

The key factors behind our growth has been really listening<br />

to our customers and understanding our customers’<br />

needs and then what we’ve done is mapped our resources<br />

and our approach to really maximise the opportunities<br />

with the small range of customers that we have.<br />

I was lucky enough to work for a big German company<br />

for fourteen years at that period and they sold into pretty<br />

much every part of the construction industry, so that gave<br />

me the chance to get experienced in a number of different<br />

areas of construction and to understand a number of<br />

different methods that are used in different kinds of buildings<br />

different kinds of construction methods and it gave<br />

me a great footing really, a great I suppose a great foundation<br />

for really understanding about how construction<br />

really works and how different elements of construction<br />

can compliment other areas of the build.<br />

So what was the proposition that Recticel offered?<br />

It was actually 2013 when I joined Recticel and what I<br />

liked about the proposition from Recticel was that it was<br />

relatively unknown, there was a blank sheet there with<br />

the Company, it was a brand that wasn’t recognised or<br />

known by anyone and it had great quality and the ethos<br />

of the business, a great foundation as well. You know<br />

Recticel as a group has been trading since 1778 so huge<br />

prominence in history and it wanted to invest and grow<br />

and it wanted to give the autonomy to someone to come<br />

in and say right we want you to do something with this<br />

company, and that’s where the appeal was.<br />

Clearly a progressive company that has seen significant<br />

growth in the U.K.?<br />

We’ve deliberately not tried to be all things to all people,<br />

we’ve deliberately tried to say right we’ve got a key account<br />

approach here with some really big players in the<br />

construction industry and we’ve made sure that we map<br />

our resources to what they want delivered from the supplier.<br />

There is much talk of PIR shortages at present,<br />

what can the industry do and specifically, how are<br />

Recticel coping?<br />

Recticel are working really hard on trying to get a fix to<br />

this, we’ve had a real challenge this year as an industry<br />

because of supply chain issues further down the line in<br />

raw materials, it’s affected the whole industry, it’s affected<br />

the availability of product from every manufacturer and<br />

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Tom Nash (right, front) receives his Recticel Graduation from Kevin Bohea (Left, front) at UK Construction Week at the NEC Birmingham<br />

it’s gone on far longer than any of us really expected it<br />

to. However, with Recticel being such a large user of the<br />

two real types of products that have been affected, there’s<br />

both MDI which is a key raw ingredient used within PIR<br />

manufacturing and TDI which is the main raw ingredient<br />

which is used on flexible foam manufacturing and so of<br />

our five plants in the UK all five plants have been affected<br />

by either MDI or TDI shortages, but because we are such<br />

a European organisation of the size, magnitude and usage<br />

of both MDI and TDI we’ve really been exerting pressure<br />

on the supply chain to try and get things right and I think<br />

we are going to emerge from this sooner, stronger than<br />

the competition.<br />

We are hearing through the industry that there may<br />

be new lines coming to market in 2018, can you<br />

elaborate on these at all?<br />

We’re keen to be investing in the UK but we want to be<br />

sure that we invest in the right way with the right added<br />

value for the industry there are some new parts coming<br />

on line in 2018 We’re being very sensible I think in<br />

our approach about where and when we put our plant<br />

down and on the back of the challenges that we have<br />

had on raw material supply and foreign exchanges and<br />

looming Brexit we’re just taking a breath to ensure that the<br />

decisions that we make are the best for our industry<br />

Recticel as a group has been trading<br />

since 1778, so huge prominence in history<br />

and it wanted to invest and grow<br />

and it wanted to give the autonomy to<br />

someone to come in and say right we<br />

want you to do something with this<br />

company, and that’s where the<br />

appeal was.<br />

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

Part 2: When is an<br />

Insulation Manufacturer...<br />

Still not an insulation manufacturer? Last month we started looking at occasions when a manufacturer’s<br />

role risks going beyond advice on the products they make. Whether being asked to recommend<br />

defined U-value targets, or approve the installation of products, there are times when salespeople or<br />

technical help desks have to recommend seeking advice from other professionals. In part two, we look at<br />

how that applies to design advice. By <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Design Professionals<br />

We all appreciate the pressures on architects and design<br />

professionals. Balancing the many and varied constraints<br />

that threaten their vision for a building, then juggling any<br />

issues that unexpectedly arise once work starts, is no<br />

easy challenge. A change in product availability here, a<br />

difference in level there, and what started life as a simple<br />

design or elegant detail quickly finds itself hammered<br />

(sometimes brutally!) into a wholly different shape.<br />

And that presents problems. After all, the position of loadbearing<br />

elements is pretty non-negotiable! The building’s<br />

footprint sets the foundation design, which dictates the<br />

line of the external wall structure and where the roof structure<br />

is supported. Floor decks and slabs, steel beams,<br />

timber components - they all have to be a minimum size<br />

and can’t be shrunk.<br />

If that sounds obvious then it is only to highlight why the<br />

insulation specification often becomes the target for potential<br />

changes or savings.<br />

Thermal performance targets set by Building Regulations<br />

result in substantial insulation layers. Everyone is as aware<br />

of insulation as they are of, say, bricks and blocks - but<br />

while materials like bricks and blocks come in standard<br />

sizes, everyone also knows there are different types of<br />

insulation, and varying thicknesses within any insulation<br />

range.<br />

Product substitution isn’t always about swapping one<br />

similar-performing product for another. Unexpected constraints<br />

that put pressure on the original design can result<br />

in a fundamental change in specification being considered,<br />

the wider implications of which need to be assessed.<br />

When questions about that sort of change come direct<br />

from the architectural practice, the key person or people<br />

who need to make that assessment are directly involved.<br />

The manufacturer can advise on best practice and help<br />

the design professional to understand how the performance<br />

characteristics of their products differ - or otherwise<br />

- compared to the material originally specified.<br />

When the questions come from clients or contractors,<br />

however, things start to get more difficult. They are less<br />

likely to understand what has driven certain detailing decisions<br />

or material specifications, and how they relate to the<br />

design philosophy of the building as a whole. Decisions<br />

about product swaps might be centred more on price or<br />

availability, putting the onus on the insulation manufacturer<br />

to make the assessment on design impact.<br />

In particular, asking an insulation manufacturer to comment<br />

on a single section or junction detail can be risky.<br />

Trying to work out why the original product was specified,<br />

or what about the site or building design requires certain<br />

product characteristics, is tricky without all of the information.<br />

And even where the information might be present,<br />

the person looking at it may not be suitably qualified to<br />

make such a judgement.<br />

Insulation manufacturers employ good technical and<br />

specification people, some of whom have architectural<br />

experience.<br />

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But those people cannot take on design liability, and on<br />

some projects there is a fine line between offering product<br />

advice and making design decisions. It only continues<br />

to highlight the importance of true collaboration<br />

on construction projects, ensuring the right people are<br />

involved at the right stages to aid the decision-making<br />

process.<br />

Structural Engineers<br />

examination of the times when too much is asked Does<br />

anything generate more confusion and uncertainty than<br />

structural loading and compressive strength declarations?<br />

It’s not hard to see why. The potential ramifications of<br />

using an insulation product incapable of taking the loads<br />

imposed on it would make any specifier nervous about<br />

committing to a specification they were unsure about.<br />

And from the point of view of understanding products,<br />

what is the relevance of declarations made at “10%<br />

compression”?<br />

purely on the basis of compressive strength declarations<br />

will not offer a fair comparison. There is, however, a set of<br />

technical guidelines, jointly drafted by certification bodies<br />

across Europe, that describe how insulation products for<br />

flat roofs should be evaluated. The guidelines include assessment<br />

of compressive strength and, based on testing,<br />

classification of ‘fitness for use’. It is from here that<br />

references to ‘access for maintenance’ or ‘suitable for<br />

pedestrian traffic’ can be derived.<br />

Through guidelines like these, insulation manufacturers<br />

can offer advice about their products and good practice.<br />

Asking if an insulation product is “suitable for use on a<br />

terrace”, however, is too vague. It doesn’t convey the<br />

size of the terrace, how often it might be used or, crucially,<br />

the total loads that using it could impose. When<br />

it comes to the calculation of in-service loadings, that’s<br />

where the structural engineer is needed.<br />

Some applications - like basements or floors for heavy<br />

industry - impose such substantial loads on the insulation<br />

layer that it is relatively easy to select an insulation<br />

product capable of working in those conditions. Extruded<br />

polystyrene (XPS) products, for example, can offer<br />

compressive strengths in excess of 300, 500 or even<br />

700 kPa.<br />

At the opposite end of the scale, there are expanded<br />

polystyrene (EPS) products perfectly suitable for domestic<br />

ground floor constructions that ‘only’ offer a compressive<br />

strength of 70 kPa. Does that mean the declarations<br />

of between <strong>12</strong>0 kPa and 175 kPa offered by<br />

polyisocyanurate (PIR) and phenolic foam products for<br />

the same use are overkill?<br />

Well, no. It means that different insulation types offer a<br />

different balance of cost, thermal performance and load<br />

bearing capability - and it is up to the specifier to ensure<br />

that the one best suited to the individual project is selected.<br />

Performance declarations like compressive strength are<br />

made based on accepted test methods that form part of<br />

harmonised European standards - documents that ensure<br />

construction materials meet minimum performance<br />

levels to ensure their safety and suitability for sale. These<br />

tests examine the product in isolation to determine a<br />

particular characteristic, without accounting for how the<br />

product will be used.<br />

Flat roofs are another application where loadings are critical,<br />

and where differentiating between insulation types<br />

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BBA Exclusive<br />

Behind the Scenes<br />

at the BBA with Richard Beale<br />

The <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> team was invited to the BBA headquarters in Watford to meet with their newly<br />

appointed Commercial Director, Richard Beale. Managing Editor, Colin Heath interviewed Richard<br />

and the team were given a tour of the facility, here’s what happened…..<br />

Hi Richard, Thanks for having us, could you give us<br />

a brief overview of your career to date?<br />

You’re welcome, thanks for taking the time to come along.<br />

I began by studying at the University of Brighton where<br />

I gained my degree in civil engineering. I immediately<br />

joined Metsec, selling lattice joists and beams, and was<br />

soon promoted to National Sales Manager, after which I<br />

became International Sales Director for Cable<br />

Management Systems. I was then promoted to Sales<br />

Having spent upwards of 20 years in the manufacturing<br />

space, I felt I had sufficient knowledge of the in-depth<br />

manufacturing process, new product development<br />

and the significant investment required to bring quality<br />

products to market. I felt that this activity should be<br />

recognised by all the players within the supply chain,<br />

from Specifiers to Contractors and Installers, and that<br />

certification is the driver to do this. The rigorous BBA<br />

process provides third party reassurance to the industry<br />

and gives credibility and confidence in the use of<br />

applications, and in so doing improves standards in the<br />

sector.<br />

As Commercial Director, how do you see your role<br />

developing and driving the BBA forward?<br />

Director for the last 6 years of my 15 years tenure.<br />

In 2008, I joined Marshall Tufflex as Commercial Director<br />

where I was responsible for all commercial activities for<br />

the group, which covered construction products ranging<br />

from underfloor systems to PVC trunking. I subsequently<br />

joined the BBA in June <strong>2017</strong> as Commercial director.<br />

So a career in construction products finds you now<br />

here at the BBA, what was the draw to the product<br />

certification space?<br />

The new BBA strategy sets clear growth targets<br />

that expand beyond our traditional core business of<br />

certification. The expansion of our product portfolio into new<br />

product areas, and the development of new go-to-market<br />

approaches represents a change in the way the BBA<br />

does business and will require the alignment of the whole<br />

organisation to market and meet client requirements. The<br />

Commercial Director role was created specifically to drive<br />

this growth by being the central coordination point for all<br />

business development initiatives.<br />

Much has been made recently of the testing of<br />

insulation products both at the BBA and other<br />

testing organisations. What can the industry do to<br />

assist in the development of these products/tests and<br />

ensure that they are fit for purpose?<br />

We know that what matters to our clients, more than<br />

anything else, is that their new products get to market as<br />

quickly as possible, and we can help them achieve this<br />

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providing we get an early “heads-up” on their plans and<br />

ideas. Sometimes we will be invited to look at a product<br />

and will know instantly that more work needs to be done<br />

to get it to the point where it can be successfully assessed.<br />

This situation is now<br />

being routinely avoided<br />

by clients coming to<br />

see us as soon as they<br />

get their ideas onto the<br />

drawing board. The other<br />

challenge for our clients<br />

is marshalling all the documentation<br />

and testing<br />

that they need to demonstrate<br />

that their product<br />

or service meets a required<br />

standard. Again,<br />

we can help by pointing<br />

out what will be needed.<br />

Exciting work with The BIM Store and CIT<br />

amongst others, lots of development occurring<br />

here, do you have any up-coming projects you<br />

can share with us?<br />

In the last year, we opened our new office in Cardiff and<br />

early next year we will open our new office in Dublin.<br />

We have a series of technical seminars planned which<br />

will bring together the UK’s experts on a range of<br />

projects. We will also be working with industry partners to<br />

develop new standards and assessments for some of the<br />

very innovative construction products that we are now<br />

beginning to see coming into the market. And of course,<br />

we continue to provide expert advice to Government<br />

departments and Housing Associations.<br />

BBA Certification is regarded as one of the most<br />

widely recognised forms of system certification.<br />

What factors do you believe are key to this<br />

recognition and how do you aim to sustain this in<br />

to the future?<br />

The BBA’s reputation is<br />

founded on 50 years of<br />

technical excellence. We<br />

invest significantly in the<br />

development of our Staff<br />

and this will never change.<br />

We actively campaign on<br />

behalf of our clients and<br />

seek to influence government<br />

policy to realise the<br />

potential of our clients’<br />

innovations. Big ideas go<br />

nowhere if there is no access<br />

to the market, and<br />

our reputation allows us to<br />

speak to agencies and governments alike. In fact, we are<br />

involved in an ongoing campaign to persuade them to<br />

permit the use of new products and services.<br />

We stand by our clients and their products, and we<br />

are proud to do so. We have never forgotten our duty<br />

to protect the interests of the public and we continue<br />

to offer impartial advice to our colleagues within local<br />

authorities and housing associations, as well as<br />

designers and specifiers alike.<br />

In simple terms, how would you explain what the<br />

BBA does and the value it brings to a business or<br />

specific system?<br />


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BBA Exclusive<br />

For over five decades, specifiers, and users of<br />

construction products have been able to count on the<br />

BBA to accurately describe a product, its possibilities and<br />

limitations.<br />

Construction is an industry where innovation is<br />

costly and carries long term risks. The BBA provides an<br />

independent and reliable assessment of new products for<br />

that we all value.<br />

BBA Certification for many is an essential yet high<br />

value investment, how do you respond to people<br />

who consider it too expensive?<br />

A BBA Certificate is an investment very much linked<br />

with the long-term success of a construction product.<br />

Having BBA back up is a key element in reducing barriers<br />

for adoption and facilitating market acceptance of new<br />

products. Although the initial investment could be<br />

considered high for some manufacturers, the<br />

performance, aimed at helping manufacturers who are<br />

promoting those products, in this country and abroad.<br />

This adds enormous value to both the industry and the<br />

economy.<br />

A BBA Certificate or Service Assessment is thorough and<br />

we never cut corners. We will continue to work hard to<br />

do what is necessary to protect the public and our clients<br />

from activities of product manufacturers and installers<br />

that bring the industry into disrepute. These endeavours<br />

don’t always make us popular, but we have to protect our<br />

clients who are committed to maintaining the standards<br />

return on investment could also be high over time, and<br />

this can be realised in many ways: access to tenders,<br />

selection of products by Specifiers, Architects and Installers<br />

willing to use the product. In other words, we give our<br />

clients a unique competitive advantage in an increasingly<br />

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New Identity for Association<br />

BRUFMA launches new name to become<br />

Insulation Manufacturers Association<br />

BRUFMA (the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers<br />

Association) has unveiled its new name - Insulation Manufacturers<br />

Association. A response to create clarity within the marketplace,<br />

the new name reflects the critical role the organisation plays in representing<br />

a key component in the built environment.<br />

BRUFMA has announced a change of its name to Insulation Manufacturers<br />

Association with immediate effect. The new name reflects the position that PIR<br />

and PUR insulation manufacturers hold in providing the largest share of insulation<br />

products used in the UK market. With a growing need for ever greater energy<br />

performance and thermal efficiency across all buildings, this share of the market is<br />

expected to keep on growing and therefore the Trade Association has a responsibility<br />

to ensure it is the principal point of contact for all audiences relevant to this<br />

sector with a name that reflects this responsibility.<br />

Speaking about the change of name, Simon Storer,<br />

Chief Executive of IMA said; “BRUFMA as a name has<br />

served the industry extremely well over the years, especially<br />

on technical and industry matters and this of course,<br />

will not change.<br />

“However, the membership agreed that the Association now<br />

needed to build on this well-established foundation, move<br />

away from predominantly inward facing activity and extend<br />

its reach and influence to a wider and more diverse external<br />

target audience, which is not necessarily steeped in<br />

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Working at Height<br />

Reality of the risk<br />

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

explains the need for having suitable fall protection in place when working at height, whether that is at one or 500 metres<br />

Last year, the number of worker fatalities due to falls from height was the lowest on record. In 2016/17,<br />

there were a recorded 25 fatal injuries, compared to 37 in 2015/16 and an annual average of 40 over<br />

the past five years. While increasing risk awareness and enhanced safety measures have helped<br />

towards this improvement, even the most careful and focused worker can still be subject to the kind of<br />

danger that could change a life forever.<br />

In particular, when working on contracts such as loft insulation<br />

there are a number of hazards which could lead<br />

to potentially life threatening falls. Before turning to personal<br />

fall protection equipment, managers must consider<br />

the hierarchy of controls to ensure that the hazard is not<br />

avoidable.<br />

Eliminating Risk<br />

The preliminary stage is to try to eliminate any risk<br />

altogether. This can involve looking at the design or<br />

engineering solutions in order to avoid a need to work<br />

at height in the first place. Of course, in many cases<br />

this is not possible, so the next stage is to find ways of<br />

preventing the fall from occurring. Here, there are two<br />

main channels to explore; collective and personal fall<br />

protection.<br />

Collective protection includes equipment such as<br />

temporary working structures and guardrails. For<br />

prolonged contracts, a semi-permanent platform could<br />

be used in the place of ladders as these fixtures have<br />

required HSE standards.<br />

All potential dangers should be strictly assessed by<br />

means of a risk assessment before any construction work<br />

begins. Further information to assist in this process can<br />

be found on the HSE’s website, hse.gov.uk.<br />

Individual Safety<br />

Once the collective protection structure is deemed safe,<br />

there is the matter of individual safety. When deciding on<br />

the type of equipment to issue to their workforce,<br />

managers should consider that just because equipment<br />

is CE-marked, it does not mean it necessarily<br />

provides the most suitable protection for any particular<br />

job. CE-marking simply means that the minimum safety<br />

requirement has been met.<br />

For example, most harness equipment is tested against<br />

the EN drop-test, using a weight of 100kg. An individual<br />

may weigh more than this when fully kitted out with boots<br />

and tools and so their harness may not be adequate.<br />

In any case, a full risk assessment should determine<br />

the most appropriate personal fall protection equipment<br />

(PFPE). Companies should choose the best equipment<br />

for each job, not simply supply equipment to demonstrate<br />

compliance.<br />

Aside from the risk of a fall, there is also the possibility of<br />

objects dropping from above and causing injury. As stated<br />

in The Work at Height Regulations 2005, measures<br />

should be put in place to stop this from happening, but<br />

also to protect workers should they be hit, particularly on<br />

the head.<br />

If - for reasons beyond control - measures to totally<br />

prevent falls are not possible, then managers can look at<br />

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mitigation methods as a last resort to reduce<br />

any potential impact.<br />

Mitigation Methods<br />

Such methods may include a personal fall arrest lanyard<br />

attached to a body harness, specifically designed to<br />

withstand the brunt of a fall through an energy-absorbing<br />

element. Anchorage connectors can be used as a<br />

secure point of attachment for lifelines of this type.<br />

There are a number of PFPE options on the market<br />

encompassing solutions for many of the above hazards,<br />

all with differing levels of protection.<br />

Finally, where work at height is necessary, companies<br />

should have a rescue plan that either provides the prompt<br />

rescue of workers in the event of a fall, or ensures that<br />

they are able to rescue themselves. Descent and rescue<br />

devices are one way of addressing this.<br />

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 also state that<br />

where other precautions do not entirely eliminate the risk<br />

of a fall occurring, those who will be working at height<br />

must be properly trained in how to avoid falling, and how<br />

to avoid or minimise injury to themselves should they fall.<br />

There are many training courses available for both safety<br />

managers and their workforce.<br />

3M offers training classes and tools to help promote<br />

safety on every worksite, with courses delivered<br />

either on site or at 3M’s specialist training<br />

centre near Manchester. For registration and<br />

course information requests, visit 3M.co.uk/fallprotection,<br />

email safetytraininguk@mmm.com or<br />

call 01457 878640.<br />

Risks at height should be preventable, so long as<br />

the equipment is used correctly. In accordance<br />

with HSE requirements and government legislation,<br />

employers are responsible for ensuring all employees are<br />

properly trained to safely use the appropriate fall protection<br />

system and its components.<br />

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Renewed Aspiration and<br />

Ambition for Energy Efficiency<br />

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

On Thursday <strong>12</strong> October, The Guardian headline read “UK climate change masterplan – the<br />

grownups have finally won”. This announced the first of two major wins for MIMA, for the EEIG and<br />

for the industry with a renewed aspiration and ambition from Energy Minister, Claire Perry in the<br />

very long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy. The announcement that saw MIMA and the EEIG’s aspirational<br />

target of bringing homes up to EPC C by 2035 being publicly supported by the Energy Minister and the<br />

Government.<br />

Claire Perry told her colleagues in Parliament that the<br />

measures in the Clean Growth Strategy “not only continue<br />

our work in cutting emissions, but we can also cut<br />

consumer bills, drive economic growth, create high-value<br />

jobs right across the UK and improve our quality of life. It<br />

is a win-win opportunity: it is ours for the taking”.<br />

Mirroring the messages of the EEIG, it could have almost<br />

been lifted from the EEIG commissioned Frontier Economics<br />

report, “Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”. Even<br />

her predecessor, Nick Hurd acknowledged the that strategy<br />

was much better than when he left his position as<br />

minister.<br />

This was swiftly followed by a second win from the National<br />

Infrastructure Commission, recognising buildings<br />

energy efficiency as an infrastructure priority saying “Two<br />

priorities for achieving low-cost, low carbon are clear. The<br />

first is to improve energy efficiency. The UK has old and<br />

leaky buildings, which means households and firms use<br />

far more heat than should be required, pushing up consumer<br />

bills and increasing the costs of moving towards<br />

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low carbon heating in the longer term. The Commission<br />

will consider how an ambitious programme of energy<br />

efficiency improvements could rectify this.”<br />

However despite Perry’s positive tone and ambition, we<br />

do hear the many voices of caution, the voices that say<br />

it is only aspirational, it doesn’t mean the government will<br />

do it. The devil’s in the detail or there’s a lack of detail. So<br />

what does all this mean for us? Is the Government going<br />

to deliver? What should we be doing? Where do we go<br />

from here?<br />

What it does mean is that we have ALL to play for, we<br />

have to deliver and we must and we can make this<br />

change happen. The opportunity is clear with one-third<br />

of UK carbon emissions coming from buildings and with<br />

19 million homes in the UK still with needlessly poor levels<br />

of energy performance - below an EPC C rating. Up to a<br />

quarter of the energy consumed in homes could be saved<br />

cost-effectively, with the technical potential for energy use<br />

in homes to be cut in half.<br />

In a nutshell, this is the start of the next phase and where<br />

the hard work really begins. We have been told that the<br />

EEIG was instrumental in bringing about this renewed<br />

ambition but that we need to continue to work together<br />

as an alliance and even broaden our coalition. This is our<br />

starting position and the EEIG’s strategy and actions over<br />

the next year will be vital to success.<br />

We already have a healthy head start, where the Minister<br />

has the aspiration and ambition, we have the vision<br />

and the practical steps on how to implement – through<br />

the EEIG commissioned Frontier Economics report, “Affordable<br />

Warmth, Clean Growth”. In this report, we clearly<br />

set out an ambitious yet practical action plan for the<br />

Government to make all homes energy efficient within 20<br />

years. Perry quite rightly said that there is not one silver<br />

bullet and everyone has to play their part.<br />

So as part of the EEIG alliance, we have worked hard with<br />

government to reach this stage and they are listening and<br />

engaged, but now we must move forward to focus on<br />

how to deliver and respond to the raft of government’s<br />

calls for evidence. To ensure we tick the government’s<br />

objective boxes – evidence how we bring the benefits to<br />

consumers, to business; how we can deliver innovation;<br />

be world-leading; how we can boost the UK economy<br />

and create jobs but most of all that everyone across the<br />

UK has the best chance of a warm and comfortable home<br />

with lower bills.<br />

Achieving this goal will require the adoption of world-leading<br />

quality standards for retrofitting and constructing<br />

homes, area-based schemes led by local authorities, additional<br />

funding sources that won’t raise energy bills<br />

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and financial incentives to encourage households to take<br />

up energy-saving measures. A mix of measures, including<br />

pilots, demonstrators, research and detailed short to medium<br />

to longer term deliverables.<br />

There’s simply no<br />

silver bullet.<br />

The EEIG will not be stopping<br />

there – we will be<br />

grasping this opportunity<br />

with both hands, focusing<br />

on a strategy and activity<br />

plan for the year ahead<br />

to deliver for government<br />

and EEIG members, new<br />

and existing. We have<br />

started this journey with a<br />

successful media launch<br />

of of our report with coverage<br />

in The Guardian, The<br />

Sun, BBC News, Carbon<br />

Brief and Business Green<br />

and others. This was only topped by our recent Parliamentary<br />

launch event with a written endorsement from<br />

Minister, Claire Perry and with support from a great many<br />

MPs, including our sponsor, Eddisbury MP, Antoinette<br />

Sandbach and speaker contributions from Lord Deben,<br />

former Climate Change Committee Chief Executive and<br />

Frontier Economics Director, Matthew Bell and CBI’s Neil<br />

Carberry.<br />

We simply cannot ignore that energy efficiency formed a<br />

substantial focus in the Clean Growth Strategy, that it is<br />

firmly back on the political agenda. The Business, Energy<br />

and Industrial Strategy department (BEIS) clearly has<br />

more scope for ambition and<br />

more power to influence their<br />

colleagues across Whitehall.<br />

We have a government<br />

that needs to urgently deliver<br />

carbon reductions to<br />

deliver its carbon budgets.<br />

A government perceived to<br />

be weak on climate change<br />

and that needs to secure<br />

more and younger voters<br />

(with climate change second<br />

in importance only to health<br />

according to Conservative<br />

think tank, Bright Blue’s polling).<br />

Let’s also not forget that<br />

more energy-efficient homes<br />

will do so much more to cut<br />

energy costs in the long-run<br />

than a cap on energy prices will.<br />

So we have a big job ahead, no doubt about it. More ups<br />

and downs, a lot to do and a lot to achieve. We don’t<br />

have any guarantees, but government’s do deliver when<br />

people show they want change and come together with<br />

one voice. We need to stay focused, even to the point of<br />

obsession and we need to spread the word - one voice,<br />

one vision and make energy efficiency the new craze.<br />

We believe the EEIG and its members can play a<br />

crucial part in any future success and work closely with<br />

government to deliver a comprehensive Buildings<br />

Energy Infrastructure Programme. We can and will make<br />

this happen.<br />

p.s. Happy First Birthday to <strong>Insulate</strong> magazine!<br />

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

the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association and provides<br />

the secretariat to the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group<br />

(EEIG). For further details of the EEIG or if you would like to<br />

join, please contact Sarah at sarah@mima.info<br />

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What is in a<br />

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U-values are an important indicator of building performance. So why is there such limited understanding<br />

of what calculations show? By <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Mainly because the standards describing how to calculate U-values are complex and inaccessible. For the majority,<br />

there is no reason to try and understand them - but the knock-on effect of that is assumptions. Assumptions that any<br />

calculation committed to paper has been done accurately; that the piece of paper is automatically correct. If the result<br />

is the right number then all is well. If it shows a higher number then suddenly there are problems to solve.<br />

There are a variety of software packages for calculating U-values. In theory, they are all created equal as they are<br />

based on the same standards and calculation methods, but their user- and reader-friendliness can vary. The images<br />

accompanying this article are from one widely used program and illustrate what a good level of information looks like.<br />

Other software will display it differently, but the important thing is knowing what to look for.<br />

1 Project details and construction type<br />

In an ideal world, every U-value calculation should be for a<br />

particular project. Of course, specifications get repeated<br />

from one job to the next, so it’s easy to understand why<br />

generic calculations might be relied upon, but relating the<br />

calculation to a project leaves no room for doubt as to<br />

what has been specified and what should be constructed<br />

on site.<br />

Stating the application or type of construction also makes<br />

clear to the reader what exactly is being calculated - just<br />

in case a lack of detail or confusing terminology elsewhere<br />

means it is not entirely obvious.<br />

2 Material layers<br />

This section provides the greatest scope for ensuring the<br />

proposed construction can be well understood. The build<br />

up is listed layer by layer, with a description of the material<br />

and/or a product reference where necessary. If proprietary<br />

products are not being used then the description should<br />

reference a formal standard from which acceptable material<br />

data has been obtained.<br />

3 Material data<br />

Although insulation materials contribute the bulk of thermal<br />

performance in any calculation, it’s still necessary to<br />

take account of every layer in the build up. The calculation<br />

also has to factor in the direction of heat flow (i.e. downwards,<br />

horizontal, upwards) for the purposes of establishing<br />

surface and airspace thermal resistances.<br />

Working out the thermal resistances of materials requires<br />

their thickness and thermal conductivity. Sometimes a<br />

calculation doesn’t display these values - such as when<br />

the layer is a very thin membrane that has no meaningful<br />

thickness and no declared thermal conductivity.<br />

The order in which materials are listed is not important<br />

for calculating the U-value. It does matter, however, for<br />

the accuracy of any accompanying condensation risk<br />

analysis - and for aiding the readability of the<br />

calculation. For anybody comparing the calculation<br />

to a design specification or on-site construction, it is<br />

common sense and good practice that calculations reflect the<br />

correct sequencing of layers.<br />

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4 Bridging details<br />

Calculating U-values is easiest when a construction<br />

comprises simple, uninterrupted material layers of consistent<br />

thickness - but layers often have to be interrupted<br />

by other materials. Accounting for bridging is important,<br />

especially when it’s an insulation layer and the disparity<br />

in thermal performance of the two materials is significant.<br />

This section states what percentage of the layer is<br />

bridged and by what material. But it might not mean anything<br />

to the reader. It’s not obvious what “<strong>12</strong>.5% timber<br />

bridging” represents in reality, but if the layer description<br />

says the material is bridged by 50mm wide timber joists<br />

or studs at 400mm centres, then the world suddenly<br />

makes more sense!<br />

5 Result and corrections<br />

And so we reach the headline of the whole document! A<br />

figure for the predicted loss of heat energy (in Watts, W),<br />

per square metre of the construction fabric, per degree<br />

of temperature difference (in Kelvin, K) between inside<br />

and outside.<br />

But what are the numbers that accompany the result?<br />

Upper and lower limit thermal resistances refer to the<br />

two methods of calculating heat paths through the construction,<br />

as described by the Combined Method. These<br />

two values are averaged, then a reciprocal taken, to give<br />

the U-value.<br />

Within the confines of mathematically modelling construction<br />

build ups, certain corrections can be applied to<br />

reflect the realities of installing insulation. In any calculation,<br />

you may see values associated with the following:<br />

Uf - corrections for mechanical fixings penetrating the<br />

insulation layer.<br />

Ug - corrections for air gaps in the insulation layer<br />

Up - correction for compression of insulation in built up<br />

metal roofing and cladding.<br />

Ur - correction for rainwater cooling on inverted roofs.<br />

Urc - corrections for rails and/or brackets supporting<br />

rainscreen cladding.<br />

6 Application-specific information<br />

In the last issue of <strong>Insulate</strong> we looked at standards that<br />

define how U-values are calculated. The Combined<br />

Method is fairly limited in scope, so other standards<br />

supplement it with calculation methods for ground<br />

floors, anything involving steel components etc. Where<br />

these other standards are employed by the calculation<br />

software, the relevant information is displayed in this<br />

section.<br />

One point worth noting for ground floor constructions:<br />

while it’s tempting to think that perimeter upstand insulation<br />

provided to screeds and slabs would be classed<br />

as edge insulation, for the purposes of a U-value calculation<br />

it isn’t. It is there to treat the thermal bridge, so<br />

could be referenced in the layer description to show it<br />

has been thought about (e.g. ‘Reinforced concrete slab<br />

with perimeter upstand insulation to address thermal<br />

bridging’).<br />

In Conclusion<br />

Anybody calculating U-values should be armed<br />

with as much information as possible about<br />

the intended materials, and should ask lots of<br />

questions where relevant information is missing.<br />

Judging the veracity of calculations is difficult for<br />

many, but communication is key. Knowing that<br />

a design has been accurately calculated, or that<br />

what is being constructed reflects what a calculation<br />

shows, can go a long way to helping address<br />

performance gap issues.<br />

We don’t have the space to delve into these corrections,<br />

but if they impact on the calculation sufficiently then they<br />

cause the result to be changed. It’s important to ensure<br />

that comparable corrections have been included when<br />

judging one calculation against another, otherwise the<br />

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New BBA tested composite doors keep the warmth inside.<br />

The BBA talks about innovative new testing<br />

procedures that monitor the thermal values<br />

of composite door products, designed to<br />

improve the insulation of buildings, keeping the<br />

occupants nice and warm.<br />

There’s a lot of talk about various forms of building insulation,<br />

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underfloor and roof insulation systems. But let’s not forget<br />

the importance of the good old everyday door. Doors in<br />

regular use need to be efficient to do their part in keeping<br />

the home at a constant comfortable temperature.<br />

According to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory<br />

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The coldest recorded temperature in <strong>November</strong> last year<br />

(UK)is -9.7°C and the hottest recorded day in 2016 (UK)<br />

is 33.9°C.<br />

The complete 48-hour cycle is<br />

shown in the graph below:<br />

These temperature changes can lead to a door leaf bowing<br />

in its frame, which has an effect on the way it operates,<br />

and in extreme circumstances it will allow draughts<br />

to enter the home.<br />

Choosing the right material can have an enormous<br />

effect on the door’s performance. Different types of<br />

insulation infill can influence how the door reacts to<br />

changes in differential temperatures, so it’s important to<br />

test the product before it goes on the market.<br />

Test Services at the BBA has been using procedures<br />

that have been devised to determine the effect of thermal<br />

stress in the material build-up of doors, looking at<br />

the infill medium, thickness of reinforcement or PVC-U<br />

skin of a door leaf.<br />

As you’d expect, this involves Summer time testing and<br />

Winter time testing environments, to measure bow and<br />

defection of a door leaf inside its frame at different internal<br />

versus external temperature differentials.<br />

This helps to determine permanent defection of the door<br />

after extreme exposures, and to monitor any damage<br />

like cracking or splitting for example. The effort required<br />

to open and close the door, (operating forces),<br />

are recorded before and after exposure to ensure all the<br />

hardware functions correctly.<br />

The sample will then be allowed to return to ambient<br />

conditions before the operating forces are measured.<br />

As you’ll have gathered, the testing is extremely thorough<br />

with rigorous temperature applications applied in<br />

carefully simulated, real life conditions. It’s important to<br />

remember there’s a lot more to putting the wood in the<br />

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composite doors can contribute significantly to better<br />

and more sustainable insulation in homes up and down<br />

the country.<br />

Something to celebrate this Christmas<br />

The specimens are installed with their external face in<br />

an environmental chamber that is set to cycle between<br />

-10°C to +10°C. The internal face of the door leaf remains<br />

in the test laboratory ambient conditions. At periods<br />

of one hour during the positive temperature parts of<br />

the cycle, a 30 second water spray will be applied to the<br />

external face of the door.<br />

During the test, the deflection of the internal face of the<br />

door leaf is measured at the top and bottom corners of<br />

the locking edge.<br />

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BREEAM Insulation Awards<br />

Judges Deliver Verdict<br />

Insulation Awards <strong>2017</strong> Preview<br />

A<br />

night of celebration approaches as the Insulation Industry looks forward to the inaugural Insulation<br />

Awards supported by BREEAM on 30 th <strong>November</strong>. Hosted at the East Midlands Conference Centre in<br />

Nottigham, the evening will recognise the very best in insulation, with eleven awards to be received on<br />

the evening. The expert judging panel have cast their votes ready for the big announcements on the evening.<br />

Speaking ahead of the judging day here is what Creative<br />

Director Jamie Street had to say regarding the build up<br />

towards the Insulation Awards and what it meant to have<br />

such a presitigious judging panel in attendance to decide<br />

the winners of the awards:<br />

“The judges have come from all corners of the Country<br />

and all different aspects of the industry. We have<br />

representatives from different manufacturers and<br />

associations, lecturers and speakers and we also<br />

welcome Lord Deben. It’s a pleasure to have them here to<br />

be involved with this first Insulation Awards Event.<br />

We are really excited about the Insulation Awards, it’s<br />

been a long process and a lot of work has gone on<br />

behind the scenes. To have the judging today really brings<br />

it all together and we’re excited to be choosing the<br />

winners and celebrating all the good things that are going<br />

on in the insulation industry.”<br />

Judges Reflect<br />

Having casted their votes here is what the judges at to<br />

say regarding their<br />

participation, the<br />

importance of the<br />

awards and the calibur<br />

of entries received:<br />

Mike Easdon,<br />

MD InBuild<br />

“Insulation is a very very<br />

important element that<br />

people sometimes overlook, it can be a small part of the<br />

construction process when you are looking at energy<br />

efficiency, you’re looking at fuel saving, liveability factors<br />

and all these other various elements then you realise that<br />

it comes down to a fabric first approach which is where<br />

insulation nicely fits and the Insulation Awards is ideally<br />

placed to promote that.”<br />

Keira Proctor, MD A.Proctor Group<br />

“I’ve been really impressed by the submissions, they’re<br />

very diverse across a lot of different sectors so<br />

commercial, residential, new build, social housing, a lot of<br />

interesting buildings and delving into the different<br />

properties of the insulation and how they are adding<br />

value to the building or<br />

to the individuals within<br />

that building has been<br />

really interesting for me.”<br />

Simon Storer, Chief<br />

Executive, IMA<br />

“Having an Awards<br />

Ceremony excites the<br />

industry it’s very<br />

important that we’re<br />

seen not just as<br />

providing materials, but it’s really what those materials do<br />

to buildings and people’s lives.<br />

There is a human aspect to it which I think is very<br />

important, and the categories cover a whole range of<br />

different criteria from the graduate to projects to installers<br />

and I think that is also important because it’s that variety<br />

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BREEAM Insulation Awards<br />

Well the thing that has to happen in the<br />

industry is that what is now the average<br />

reaches to be the best and then the best<br />

then reaches beyond that, I think what the<br />

Award does is to remind people that sometimes<br />

people are doing better than they are in<br />

terms of sustainability, in terms of energy efficiency,<br />

in terms of speed and accuracy of installation,<br />

all those things we need to improve<br />

all the time and Awards encourage people<br />

to see that their businesses could do better.<br />

One of the troubles is that we all get rather<br />

complacent about the quality of what our<br />

work is and if we are shocked to discover that<br />

others are doing much better well then perhaps<br />

we will start to improve ourselves.<br />

which makes the industry interesting so it’s not just the<br />

product but it’s what the product does and also the<br />

people that work in it and make them part of the wider<br />

aspect of making those<br />

buildings better in so<br />

many different aspects.”<br />

Dr Jolyon Berg,<br />

Head of Technical,<br />

Isover UK<br />

“For me there were quite<br />

a few entrants around<br />

external wall<br />

insulation (EWI) which is<br />

important because there is a lot to do on EWI and it’s a<br />

challenging application and to see new entrants coming<br />

with new ideas about how to tackle that in a better way I<br />

think is really encouraging”<br />

Richard Hillman – SOUND-IS<br />

it just reinforces what<br />

people are trying to do<br />

in giving people<br />

recognitions for the<br />

efforts that they have<br />

been putting in.”<br />

Kevin Bohea,<br />

President IMA<br />

“I think the Awards add<br />

creditability to a very<br />

hard working high performing industry that really is in<br />

the background of building performance but with these<br />

Awards what it does is bring to light the great work that<br />

goes on within the insulation industry”<br />

For more information about the Insulation Awards<br />

supported by BREEAM visit www.inslationawards.co.uk<br />

“It’s good because it will reward people who have made<br />

outstanding contributions over a period of time or<br />

highlighting new systems that have been brought to the<br />

market in the last twelve/eighteen months, so yes, I think<br />

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insulate columnist<br />

The Benefits of Independently<br />

Assessed Psi Values<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> columnist Brandon Wipperfurth, Sustainability and Energy Consultant, Darren Evans Assessments<br />

The heat loss through junctions is known as thermal bridging and can be one of the most significant<br />

sources of heat loss within a building. In a building which has poor insulation, thermal bridging will<br />

be less significant, but in a modern new building, that has a highly insulated fabric, the heat will pass<br />

through these junctions much faster relative to the surrounding materials. While these junctions cannot be<br />

eliminated, properly designed details can drastically reduce this effect. It’s absolutely critical we<br />

understand the heat loss through these important parts of a building and use a qualified assessor to<br />

calculate the PSI value of a junction to better inform the design.<br />

The effect of thermal bridging can vary drastically<br />

between buildings depending on design, with anywhere<br />

between a realised 5-50% of a building’s heat loss<br />

coming through these thermal junctions. The rate of heat<br />

loss between these thermal junctions is measured as a<br />

PSI values (pronounced ‘si’). Calculating them will make<br />

the thermal model much more accurate and feed back<br />

into the design creating a real difference to the end client<br />

and in terms of energy savings, or even more floor area if<br />

radiators don’t need to be as big.<br />

When standardised details are being used, the cost for<br />

each individual PSI value across each building is exceptionally<br />

low in comparison to other options. The value the<br />

client gains from putting in the calculated PSI values is<br />

extremely cost effective. So, in situations where developers<br />

are using the same corner detail on several projects<br />

(i.e five houses in one location), it starts to add up quickly.<br />

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Independently assessed PSI Values will always be cost effective on every<br />

medium scale and larger residential development<br />

SAP calculation methodology assumes default values<br />

that are very poor or estimates how much heat is going<br />

through those areas. By calculating that specific PSI<br />

value, you are actually measuring how much heat is<br />

going through at that point. The assessor can input a<br />

nd overwrite that poor value with something that’s<br />

realistic and can make 5-10% and sometimes 15% of<br />

carbon savings for the entire building. On a standard<br />

detached or terraced house, the assessor can expect to<br />

make 5-6% carbon savings over ACDs.<br />

If the thermal junctions are not measured, then a<br />

default PSI Value is applied to the calculation. The<br />

problem in the industry is these default values or dated sets of<br />

values such as Accredited Construction Details (ACDs)<br />

and Enhanced Construction Details (ECDs) can be<br />

inaccurate. At Darren Evans Assessments we will carry<br />

out an independently assessed thermal model to cover all<br />

of the places where the default values or ACD values are<br />

worse than in reality.<br />

As a PSI value assessor, we are essentially tightening<br />

down the design and making it more accurate by inputting<br />

correct and supported heat loss calculations.<br />

This improved accuracy in the building model will lead<br />

to design improvements. By taking the time to look at<br />

and feed that specific information into the calculation, the<br />

assessor is able to provide advice on how to help build<br />

these details. While there are some in the industry who<br />

create thermal models that are completely unbuildable,<br />

we are able to come on board and simplify the whole<br />

thing to make sure it is correct.<br />

Independently assessed PSI Values will always be<br />

cost effective on every medium scale and larger<br />

residential development. When you have more than 10<br />

units employing these details (over even multiple sites with<br />

standard details), the larger design and build contractors<br />

can focus too much on big ticket items such as expensive<br />

renewables and thermal bridging can be overlooked.<br />

If you can make a difference over whether or not the<br />

PV sits on the roof, the small cost to do the PSI value<br />

calculations versus, say, £70k worth of PV, would seem<br />

like a no-brainer. If you are not using independently assessed<br />

PSI Values in your SAP calculation you are five or<br />

10 years behind everyone else.<br />

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insulate columnist<br />

The Importance of Insulation<br />

in Reducing Fuel Bills<br />

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive, National Insulation Association (NIA)<br />

Responding to the news of the proposed energy price cap the National Insulation<br />

Association (NIA) is advising that there is still more that can be done to reduce fuel bills and help the<br />

most vulnerable households, especially those in fuel poverty.<br />

New analysis released by the Big Deal collective switching<br />

site, shows that customers on standard deals with the<br />

big six energy providers can pay as much as £225 more<br />

than their cheapest deal. It is estimated that there are 8m<br />

households on a standard variable tariff that have been<br />

with the big six for more than three years.<br />

The NIA says that whilst the price cap will help many<br />

people it is important to stress that energy efficiency upgrades<br />

to homes can also make a real difference. For example<br />

a study by UK Energy Research Council (UKERC)<br />

published this year highlighted that improved energy<br />

efficiency since 2004 means that the average dual fuel<br />

household bill was £490 lower in 2015 than it otherwise<br />

would have been but more still needs to be done.<br />

Therefore insulation has a key role to play in helping to<br />

reduce future energy costs and the NIA is keen to<br />

continue to raise awareness of the huge savings householders<br />

can make by simply improving their home insulation.<br />

In fact insulating solid walls can save as much as<br />

£455 per year.<br />

As well as the price cap the Government has<br />

recently launched its clean growth strategy that marks out<br />

investment in energy efficiency including insulation which<br />

will help; provide economic growth, reduce carbon<br />

emissions, tackle fuel poverty, reduce energy bills and<br />

create jobs – The NIA welcome this move.<br />

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Insulation News<br />

Taking Winning To The Next Level<br />

Our first ever L3 Apprentice of the Year is<br />

Derrick Rodger! Del, who works for Actavo<br />

Ltd, was chosen from the five apprentices<br />

who were the first to complete the new<br />

qualification with TICA.<br />

“Del excelled throughout the apprenticeship,” explains<br />

Assessor Kevin Fleetham. “All the candidates really<br />

took to the new course and the challenges of the higher<br />

level qualification, but we chose Del due to his skills,<br />

knowledge and the high quality of his finished work.”<br />

TICA’s Marion Marsland said “It was a pleasure to<br />

present our first ever Level 3 Apprentice Award to Derek<br />

Rogers of Actavo. Our Level 3 certificate is focused on<br />

sheet metal fabrication, so it was fitting that the award<br />

was generously sponsored by SSAB”<br />

“SSAB/Aluzinc will continue to sponsor this award in the<br />

coming years” said Phil Lancaster of SSAB, “the skills<br />

training that TICA provide is so important for the industry,<br />

I was really impressed with the fabrication skills of<br />

students I met during a recent visit to TICA’s training<br />

facility in Darlington”<br />

We would like to thank SSAB for<br />

sponsoring this award.<br />

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Insulation News<br />

Trevor Moves on from TICA<br />

In December Trevor Horsley steps down as TICA<br />

President, after three years at the helm Trevor<br />

started his career as a 17 year old Asbestos<br />

Remover with York Linings, working at Ferrybridge<br />

Power Station. After <strong>12</strong> years as an Insulator he<br />

took the opportunity to form his own company;<br />

and Western Thermal was born. Now, 30 years<br />

later, he’s sold his business and will start the process<br />

of stepping down from a long career within thermal<br />

insulation.<br />

“Trevor has been an amazingly active member of<br />

TICA; he’s gone out of his way to take on duties and<br />

responsibilities which benefit the whole industry,<br />

not simply his own company,” explains TICA Chief<br />

Executive Marion Marsland. “It’s been an amazing<br />

commitment. All trade associations have many members<br />

but there are very few of them who are willing to<br />

give such depth of commitment, over such a long period<br />

of time. Trevor’s appetite to get involved and drive things<br />

forward has been hugely significant to our organisation.”<br />

Over the years Trevor held a range of posts prior to<br />

becoming President. He was also the Chair of Trustees<br />

within the IETTL Insulation and Environmental Training<br />

Agency, as well as taking other active roles; in particular<br />

TICA’s wage negotiation panels and National Joint Council.<br />

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together,”<br />

says Trevor, who will be taking a gradual back seat<br />

at Western Thermal over the next two years “When<br />

I first joined, TICA was dominated by the engineering<br />

sector; now there’s a much better balance. The diversity<br />

of the membership is really healthy as it gives all parts<br />

of the industry the chance to engage for the good of<br />

the whole sector. The continued development of the<br />

National Training Centre and the quality of the teaching<br />

that’s available is something I feel immensely proud of.”<br />

Looking to the future, Trevor expects continued<br />

uncertainty over the shape of Brexit to have an impact,<br />

but that there are also<br />

huge opportunities.<br />

“I believe there will be an<br />

economic downturn as<br />

a direct result of the UK<br />

leaving the EU in 2019. I<br />

think there will be a lot of<br />

refurbishment contracts,<br />

but members must also<br />

make the most of the<br />

new nuclear and major<br />

infrastructure projects. In<br />

the wake of the Grenfell<br />

Tower tragedy, it’s also a<br />

chance to get involved in<br />

helping shape future fire<br />

safety strategy.”<br />

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<strong>2017</strong>’s Unmissable<br />

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NIA Annual Conference<br />

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NIA Conference <strong>2017</strong><br />

National Insulation Association<br />

Conference <strong>2017</strong> Preview<br />

The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual<br />

Conference, Exhibition and Black Tie Gala<br />

Dinner will take place on Thursday 7th December<br />

<strong>2017</strong> at the Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island Hotel,<br />

Leicestershire. The event which is now in its 9th<br />

year is firmly established in the calendar as a key<br />

event for the insulation industry. It promises to be<br />

an informative and enjoyable day and evening for<br />

everyone and offers excellent opportunities for<br />

participating exhibitors and sponsors to showcase<br />

their products, services and brands.<br />

The event will be attended by some 200 delegates from<br />

the insulation industry as well as Energy Companies,<br />

Government officials and other important industry stakeholders.<br />

This makes it the perfect place to discuss current<br />

issues affecting the sector<br />

as well as learn about and<br />

discuss plans and strategies<br />

for the year ahead.<br />

Energy at BEIS will reflect on the Government’s manifesto<br />

commitment on fuel poverty, the recent publication of the<br />

Clean Growth Strategy and what might be expected from<br />

future iterations of the Energy Company Obligation.<br />

Denise O’Leary of multi-award winning Purpol Marketing<br />

is an experienced bid professional across the manufacturing<br />

and construction sectors. She will share knowledge<br />

on how businesses can realise their potential and win critical<br />

bids. The presentation will focus on 3 key points – the<br />

attributes of consistently successful bids, how your team<br />

can recover from a lost bid and golden rules to deliver<br />

repeatable bid success.<br />

BEAMA will explain the minimum requirements and<br />

options for ventilation to enable insulation installers to<br />

Neil Marshall Chief Executive<br />

of the NIA commented:<br />

“The NIA represents<br />

the manufacturers, system<br />

suppliers, installers, fixing<br />

and component suppliers<br />

of insulation measures and<br />

this year we have some<br />

great presentations lined<br />

up including speakers<br />

from; Department for Business,<br />

Energy & Industrial<br />

Strategy (BEIS), PURPOL<br />

Marketing, BEAMA and the<br />

National Energy Foundation<br />

(NEF).”<br />

Richard Mellish, Deputy Director<br />

for Home and Local<br />

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NIA Conference <strong>2017</strong><br />

comply with the standards contained within PAS2030.<br />

A specialist Data Protection Consultancy will be delivering<br />

a presentation on the General Data Protection<br />

Regulations (GDPR) due to come into force in May<br />

2018 and explain to companies what the new regulations<br />

mean and how to ensure compliance.<br />

Dr Kerry J Mashford OBE CEng FIMechE FICE<br />

FIET FRSA, Chief Executive of the National<br />

Energy Foundation will be giving a presentation<br />

entitled - Is IWI an opportunity ripe for exploitation?<br />

Dr Mashford commented:<br />

“I’m looking forward to the event and to sharing rich<br />

and diverse ideas and insights with colleagues from<br />

across the sector.”<br />

The event also hosts a breakout exhibition area where<br />

some 20 exhibitors will be showcasing their products<br />

and services.<br />

Chris Forshaw, Business Development Manager<br />

Kiwa BDA commented:<br />

“Kiwa BDA is proud to be a member of the NIA, and<br />

the opportunity to exhibit at the Annual Conference<br />

is an excellent forum to engage fully with the rest of<br />

the membership. We are also pleased to have the<br />

opportunity to sponsor the refreshments and lunch<br />

during the day, ensuring the NIA members are fully<br />

provisioned for a successful conference. The NIA<br />

is at the forefront of representation of the insulation<br />

sector and Kiwa BDA is pleased to offer product<br />

and system testing and certification services to NIA’s<br />

manufacturer/system designer members.”<br />

Martin Clayton, Managing Director of GTI Direct<br />

commented:<br />

“GTI Direct are delighted to be exhibiting once again<br />

at the National Insulation Association Conference<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, the only event of its kind that brings together<br />

the whole chain of industry professionals involved in<br />

delivering the UK Governments carbon reduction and<br />

fuel poverty targets through insulating homes and<br />

businesses.”<br />

“The NIA conference is a key event in the insulation<br />

industry calendar and we are delighted to be supporting<br />

it,” said Richard Beale, BBA Commercial<br />

Director. “It is a great opportunity to network with<br />

industry professionals and discuss issues affecting<br />

this sector.”<br />

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James Ormerod Managing Director of ALIVA UK<br />

said: “We are very pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s<br />

NIA Conference – this is an important industry event as<br />

it provides attendees with advice and information to aid<br />

there business planning and a good platform for networking.”<br />

And finally <strong>Insulate</strong> Network’s Colin Heath, Managing<br />

director of Versanta, commented on the recent announcement<br />

as media partners for the event: “It’s exciting<br />

to be partnering with the NIA. Our organisations play such<br />

a crucial part in the insulation community, this partnership<br />

offers a great platform and we will be providing coverage<br />

before, during the day with live interviews and social media<br />

activity and a follow up review feature. We are very<br />

much looking forward to the event in December”.<br />

the insulation industry.<br />

- By booking a table at the black tie gala dinner to entertain<br />

clients and potential clients in informal surroundings.<br />

A table for 10 costs £1,200 and includes a pre-dinner<br />

drinks reception, 4 course meal, complimentary wine and<br />

entertainment.”<br />

To book a place at the conference, exhibition stand<br />

or sponsorship package or to find out more information<br />

please contact Maeva on 01525383313 or<br />

email Maeva.robson@nia-uk.org<br />

Neil Marshall said: “There are a number of ways companies<br />

and individuals can still get involved in this not to<br />

be missed industry event:<br />

- Non NIA member companies can attend the event by<br />

booking external delegate places at just £199. However,<br />

if companies join the NIA between now and the event they<br />

will automatically be entitled to one free delegate place.<br />

- We have a limited number of exhibition stands and<br />

sponsorship packages still available. Exhibiting and<br />

sponsorship provide an excellent opportunity for companies<br />

to promote their products, services and brands to<br />

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Thank you for all your kind messages of support<br />

as we celebrate our first Birthday...<br />

“Happy first birthday <strong>Insulate</strong>! I applaud you for<br />

delivering informative industry features, debating<br />

hot topics and realising the National Insulation<br />

Industry Awards. The magazine has achieved so<br />

much in one year and I look forward to<br />

supporting <strong>Insulate</strong> for the onward and<br />

upward journey ahead.”<br />



“A publication for the insulation industry has been<br />

a long time coming, we now have it and wish the<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> continued success in the future.<br />

It’s a pleasure to work with you in promoting the<br />

benefits of insulation together with the<br />

achievements and views<br />

of our industry.”<br />



“Happy Birthday! The magazine is a<br />

great opportunity to raise the profile<br />

of our industry. We look forward to<br />

working with you over the coming<br />

year.”<br />


TICA<br />


“Looking forward to supporting how<br />

as an industry we can raise more<br />

awareness of the role insulation has<br />

to address efficiency and comfort of<br />

our living and working spaces.”<br />




“Happy 1st Birthday and many<br />

congratulations on creating a successful<br />

and progressive publication,<br />

highlighting our important energy<br />

saving industry!”<br />




“IMA sends best wishes and congratulation to everyone at <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> to mark the publication’s first birthday.<br />

It has certainly been a hectic year and we are delighted that you have played such an important role for our sector,<br />

providing a valuable and informative source of information to the wider construction industry. We certainly look forward<br />

to continuing our work with you over the next <strong>12</strong> months and helping increase the knowledge and<br />

understanding of the insulation industry and its products across the UK and beyond.”<br />



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