Insulate Magazine Issue 10 - September 2017

Sound and acoustic insulation experts Soundis Sales Director Richard Hillman discusses the company history, product developments and more in an exclusive interview.

Sound and acoustic insulation experts Soundis Sales Director Richard Hillman discusses the company history, product developments and more in an exclusive interview.


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Soundis Seek<br />

Sound Perfection<br />

The only independent<br />

insulation industry<br />

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<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>10</strong> | <strong>September</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Inside this months issue<br />

3M on Hazardous Noise<br />

BBA Tackle Failed CWI<br />

Energy Efficient Design<br />

Calling Time on Traditional Build

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Contents<br />

SOUNDIS Seek Sound Perfection<br />

Calling Time on Traditional Build <strong>10</strong>-12<br />

BBA Tackle Failed CWI<br />

6-8<br />

14-15<br />

Engage Your Workforce with 3M 16-17<br />

Home Performance with BRUFMA 16-19<br />

Paroc Celebrates Anniversary 24<br />

Load-Bearing All-In-One Jablite 25<br />

Energy Efficient Design 26-27<br />

Keep Aspirations Running High 29-30<br />

CE Marking and BDA Agrement 32-33<br />


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Domestic Enerrgy Asessors 34-35<br />

Unmissable Diary Date 36-39<br />

NIA Annual Conference 40<br />

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To keep things fresh here at <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, Jamie Street the<br />

Lead Creative for the publication will provide a brief introduction<br />

to the <strong>September</strong> issue of <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Here’s what he had to say...<br />

Here we are, double figures. <strong>Issue</strong> <strong>10</strong>. It’s incredible how<br />

quickly the time has gone and we find ourselves<br />

reaching quite a significant milestone.<br />

Jamie Street<br />

Creative<br />

Team<br />

Colin Heath<br />

Managing Editor<br />

It’s the 6th issue of the magazine I have personally worked on<br />

and it has been great to see the magazine grow in terms of<br />

design and content, but also the enthusiasm for insulate<br />

amongst the industry. It’s that positive energy that has helped<br />

us push the publication from strength to strength in terms of<br />

content and the innovative ways we are promoting ourselves.<br />

Long may it continue for the many months and years ahead.<br />

To continue the momentum we are delighted to deliver another<br />

action packed issue. We have a great interview with Soundis, a<br />

highly creative inclusion from BBA as well as discussions points<br />

from our regular columnists 3M, MIMA, BRUFMA, Darren Evans<br />

and more.<br />

We hope you enjoy this issue.<br />

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine<br />

Cover Story<br />

Soundis<br />

Seek Sound Perfection<br />

Creative Director of <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> Jamie Street Speaks to SOUNDIS Technical Director Richard Hillman<br />

On a day to day basis? what is most challenging<br />

about your position<br />

There’s not enough time in the day! There are new<br />

opportunities in the market everyday and finding<br />

the time to take advantage of them all is extremely<br />

challenging, but exciting nonetheless.<br />

Trying to juggle opportunities, with unexpected<br />

obstacles is always frustrating but makes achieving<br />

the end goal even more fulfilling.<br />

What do you consider to be the company's<br />

biggest challenge?<br />

Following on from a day of judging for<br />

the <strong>2017</strong> Insulation Awards in<br />

Nottingham, SOUNDIS Sales &<br />

Technical Manager Richard Hillman agreed<br />

to sit down with our Creative Director Jamie<br />

Street to discuss his new role and his views<br />

on the industry.<br />

Richard, the SOUNDIS name may be unfamiliar<br />

to some, can you briefly explain who they are<br />

and what they do?<br />

As our name suggests, SOUNDIS are UK based<br />

acoustic insulation manufacturer. We specialise<br />

in soundproofing systems for walls, floors and<br />

ceilings, whilst also manufacturing a comprehensive<br />

range of acoustic products.<br />

We are really proud of the team we have built<br />

here at SOUNDIS, with all members of the technical<br />

team boasting between 15 and 30 years<br />

experience in the acoustic industry.<br />

We are going through a significant period of growth<br />

at the moment, which is exciting to be a part of.<br />

You have a long standing history in acoustics<br />

and soundproofing, what appealed to you<br />

about the opportunity at SOUNDIS?<br />

For me it is was the opportunity to be a part of a<br />

really exciting project that allowed me to<br />

implement my experience on a range of different<br />

systems and solutions. I was also attracted by<br />

the enthusiasm of the team in place and their<br />

similar aspirations for success. I felt it was an<br />

opportunity that was too good to turn down.<br />

What first attracted you or lead to you being<br />

involved in the industry?<br />

The honest answer would be, if you told me<br />

I would be doing what I am now when I was<br />

sixteen I would probably have laughed at you!<br />

About 15 years ago the opportunity arose to<br />

work for an established acoustic manufacturer.<br />

It was a role that offered a significant challenge<br />

and fast forward 15 years and the new challenges<br />

in the same industry continue to excite me.<br />

We face the same challenges that most UK<br />

manufacturers face given the current economic circumstances<br />

and those on the horizon. However, we<br />

believe that we have put the correct mechanisms in<br />

place with our manufacturing and supply chain processes<br />

to safeguard us against future obstacles.<br />

As we speak, a challenge for us is building<br />

awareness in the market, there are so many<br />

channels of interaction and we are making significiant<br />

strides to be everywhere our customers expect<br />

us to be.<br />

What makes you different from other suppliers of<br />

soundproofing and acoustic products?<br />

We pride ourselves on the fact that all of our systems<br />

are designed and manufactured in-house and being<br />

independently run we have the freedom to adapt to<br />

specific client and customer requirements.<br />

If you told me I would be doing what<br />

I am now when I was sixteen I would<br />

probably have laughed at you!<br />

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What makes you different from other suppliers<br />

of soundproofing and acoustic products?<br />

sulphate obtained as a waste product from coal<br />

fired power stations.<br />

We pride ourselves on the fact that all of our<br />

systems are designed and manufactured in-house<br />

and being independently run we have the freedom<br />

to adapt to specific client and customer requirements.<br />

What factors of a project do you find most<br />

challenging, when it comes to specifying<br />

acoustic products?<br />

Well specifying the products is normally the most<br />

straight-forward part, it’s actually the build program<br />

and site conditions that cause the most<br />

problems. Circumstances can change as the build<br />

process progresses which requires the ability to<br />

adapt quickly to ensure our involvement allows<br />

the build process to remain as smooth as possible<br />

When it comes to convincing decision makers<br />

to choose your products, what approach do<br />

you find most effective?<br />

An approach that I have adopted throughout my<br />

15 years in the industry is to retain an honest<br />

and transparent approach when presenting clients<br />

options and solutions for their requirements.<br />

I believe there is greater benefit in the long<br />

term from providing all benefits and pitfalls for<br />

specific systems and its an approach that is<br />

adopted across the company.<br />

What efforts are SOUNDIS making to supply<br />

sustainable products?<br />

Wherever possible we aim to supply products<br />

that are manufactured from recycled or recyclable<br />

materials. For example our SOUNDIS Dry Screed<br />

Panel floor system is made from recycled calcium<br />

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How if it all do you see BREXIT<br />

affecting your business?<br />

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As with many manufacturers, we believe it could<br />

lead to potential shortage in labour on-site and in<br />

factories, which is why we are proactively looking<br />

to invest in fully automated production lines<br />

as a means to mitigate the potential shortfall in labour.<br />

The fallout post BREXIT and the implications<br />

associated with things such as product testing<br />

standards may represent a significant challenge. It<br />

isn’t <strong>10</strong>0% certain at this time whether standards<br />

will remain the same.<br />

What are your ambitions for<br />

SOUNDIS going forward?<br />

As a company we aim to continue to develop<br />

innovative systems and solutions and become<br />

a market leader within our specialist market areas.<br />

We believe we are well positioned to adapt<br />

to changing conditions and challenges, and I’m<br />

excited to have significant involvement in meeting<br />

these ambitions.<br />

To find out more about SOUNDIS speak<br />

to their technical team on 0330 056<br />

3195 or visit their website at<br />

www.sound-is.com<br />

From October (issue 11) Richard Hillman<br />

will be supplying an exclusive monthly<br />

column on topical factors related to<br />

acoustics & soundproofing<br />

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It combines the benefits of traditional roofs and<br />

off-site roofs while minimising the downsides of<br />

both, constructed off-site to tighter tolerances<br />

and higher standards.<br />

Modular Systems Calling Time<br />

On Traditional Building Techniques<br />

Off-site construction fits the current requirement for houses being built with speed,<br />

cost-efficiency, the environment - and most importantly - quality, in mind. With the<br />

UK’s housing crisis requiring urgent address, building processes such as this could be<br />

key to property supply keeping pace with demand. Indeed, a study by the Modular Building<br />

Institute found modular construction techniques mean a building can be completed ready for<br />

occupation 50% faster than using traditional on-site methods.<br />

Each panel combines breather membrane, counter<br />

battens and roof timber which are prefabricated<br />

offsite in one insulation product. The panel<br />

edges are rebated to form a shiplap joint, therefore<br />

once installed and fixed, the potential air gaps<br />

and cold bridges found in a traditional roof are all<br />

but eliminated.<br />

All this performance within a single system makes<br />

life simpler for specifiers and architects. The versatile<br />

design allows for a much faster installation<br />

with the potential for a standard-style roof to be<br />

watertight within just four hours of the product<br />

arriving on site. Available in five different lengths<br />

up to 6.5m, L-Ments panels can be lengthened<br />

beyond this by joining on an intermediate purlin.<br />

Off-Site More than Speed<br />

The growing popularity in prefabricated<br />

solutions isn’t solely based on speed,<br />

however. Off-site manufacture makes for safer<br />

on-site working conditions as it requires<br />

fewer staff and less machinery to install. Modular<br />

solutions can also reduce the potential impact<br />

of bad weather on build times, whilst faster<br />

weatherproofing of structures will reduce delays<br />

for internal trades.<br />

The off-site option offers greater flexibility,<br />

providing buildings that can be reconfigured more<br />

easily to suit changing requirements. Another major<br />

benefit is reduced waste, as according to a UK<br />

Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)<br />

report, off-site construction generates up to 90%<br />

less discarded material, emphasising its cost-effectiveness.<br />

Innovative Solution<br />

The insulation industry is constantly looking for<br />

innovative solutions to ensure buildings comply<br />

with regulations. A recent addition to support the<br />

off-site approach is Recticel’s innovative L-Ments;<br />

the pioneering room-in-a-roof system which can<br />

be installed making the building watertight in a<br />

matter of hours rather than days or weeks.<br />

The unique system applies the ethos of ‘Modern<br />

Methods of Construction’ to traditional insulation<br />

solutions. Rather than cutting insulation boards<br />

to fit between the timbers or trusses of a pitched<br />

roof which can lead to thermal bridging and<br />

lower performance, a panel is manufactured on a<br />

PIR production line incorporating structural<br />

timbers within the panel.<br />

Once produced, they are transported to site as a<br />

ready-to-install element with breather membrane<br />

and counter battens already installed. Its PIR insulation<br />

core offers a thermal conductivity of only<br />

0.023 W/mK, making it among the most efficient<br />

insulation products available.<br />

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The first project in the UK to use L-Ments was<br />

based in Burley in the heart of Hampshire’s New<br />

Forest, where it was applied in the construction<br />

of a self-designed and built new home to<br />

near-zero carbon standards.<br />

Despite the persistence of some inclement<br />

weather and the contractor having no experience<br />

of the system, 25 panels (195m2) were installed<br />

in under seven hours. Also, the asymmetric roof<br />

design incorporating two different pitches was<br />

easily accommodated during installation.<br />

Fast Flexibile Option<br />

Whether a project is new-build or refurbishment,<br />

as long as there is a supporting gable end and<br />

purlins to fix the panels to, L-Ments is the option.<br />

The panels are delivered to site in a similar fashion<br />

to trussed rafters that most contractors are<br />

familiar with, which can then be lifted or craned<br />

into position.<br />

Once installed, the remainder of the housebuilder<br />

trades can then be swiftly commenced speeding<br />

up the process to a finished build. As the<br />

L-Ments panels include the breather membrane<br />

and counter batten, fewer materials need purchasing<br />

and stored on site. In line with traditional<br />

construction, L-Ments can accommodate both<br />

dormer windows, solar panels and a faster, easier<br />

fit solution for rooflights. As a system, it provides<br />

a thoroughly modern roof without the need<br />

to learn difficult new techniques.<br />

Kevin Bohea, Recticel’s Commercial<br />

Director commented:<br />

“L-Ments, with its speed of installation and<br />

outstanding thermal conductivity provides<br />

room-in-a-roof living space cost-effectively;<br />

making it increasingly difficult to argue against<br />

prefabricated practices becoming more prevalent<br />

in future building projects. Offsite progression<br />

could be crucial to creating modern<br />

energy-efficient homes at the speed the country<br />

so urgently needs.’’<br />

SIG360 work with us<br />

on site, to ensure we<br />

not only meet our<br />

client’s needs but<br />

exceed them.<br />





Providing impartial<br />

product advice<br />

The SIG360 Technical Centre is a service offering from SIG, that focuses on helping customers<br />

deliver energy efficient buildings.<br />

Through an intimate knowledge of building regulations and product performance, brought<br />

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building, the SIG360 Technical Centre is able to make cost effective and impartial product<br />

selection to ensure the best energy performance can be achieved.<br />

The service provided includes energy statements, U value calculations , condensation risk<br />

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Talk to the SIG360 Technical<br />

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Read All About It!<br />

Read More from the BBA:<br />

The Top 5 Reasons Products Fail<br />

(<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, <strong>Issue</strong> 9)<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> <strong>Issue</strong> <strong>10</strong> - <strong>September</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Hot news - The BBA is set to tackle failed<br />

cavity wall insulation problems once and for all.<br />

Recent times have seen an increase in news items featuring problems<br />

experienced by some UK home dwellers caused by cavity Wall Insulation.<br />

It’s a subject much in debate at present, with questions being asked in parliament<br />

as well as on radio programme discussions and in topical trade magazines.<br />

First invented in the 19th century and<br />

introduced in its current form into general<br />

housing during the 1970s, cavity wall insulation<br />

is arguably one of the best heat and<br />

energy saving developments in history.<br />

However, during the last 30 years the<br />

number of products and installation<br />

methods have increased significantly, and<br />

there is growing confusion as to best<br />

practice and what’s actually<br />

right for householders.<br />

Some time ago It became clear to the<br />

British Board of Agrément (BBA) that,<br />

in some cases of cavity wall insulation<br />

retrofit, consumer confidence is being<br />

undermined by the fact that insulation is<br />

being installed into properties which are<br />

unsuitable.<br />

To address the problem and bring peace<br />

of mind to consumers, the BBA has developed<br />

the Cavity Assessment Surveillance<br />

Scheme (CASS®), which monitors<br />

the competency of Property Assessors<br />

responsible for overseeing<br />

these interventions.<br />

CASS team leader at the<br />

BBA, Alice Buckeridge,<br />

explains how it works:<br />

“CASS® will check the suitability of properties<br />

submitted by Property Assessors for<br />

cavity wall insulation at the beginning<br />

of the process, and provide independent<br />

third party validation of suitability.<br />

This results in procedures that ensure all<br />

BBA approved installers obtain the<br />

necessary guarantees that determine the<br />

best possible outcome for insulation<br />

retrofits, considerably reducing the problems<br />

associated with inadequate evaluations at the outset.”<br />

Technical experts at the BBA are highly experienced in<br />

the certification of products and services in the building<br />

and construction industry.<br />

The CASS® scheme has been put in place to harmonise<br />

with the BBA’s traditional practice of raising and maintaining<br />

industry standards, while helping to address<br />

inconsistencies that have become increasingly worrying<br />

for those operating in the property and housing sector,<br />

Local Authorities and Housing Associations, the<br />

industry as a whole and of course to house dwellers<br />

everywhere who are making difficult decisions about<br />

improving their homes.<br />

...consumer confidence is being undermined<br />

by the fact that insulation is being installed<br />

into properties which are unsuitable.<br />

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Health & Safety<br />

Engaging your workforce<br />

for a safe environment<br />

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

offers advice for protecting workers against hazardous noise<br />

Excessive workplace noise can pose a major health risk to workers within the insulation<br />

industry who are exposed to it for long periods. In the UK, some 20,000 people suffer<br />

from deafness, tinnitus or similar ear conditions as a result of loud noise at work,<br />

according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These conditions, which are irreversible<br />

yet entirely preventable, can also trigger further health issues, such as insomnia.<br />

For these reasons, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to eliminate<br />

or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work. Whether installing insulation<br />

on site or manufacturing it in the factory, employees in this sector are often working in close<br />

proximity to potentially hazardous noise. 3M has devised a four-step approach to combating<br />

noise hazards and helping to protect employees against work-related hearing loss.<br />

Detection<br />

Noise levels should be assessed regularly. If exposure<br />

reaches 80 decibels (dB), employers are<br />

legally bound to start taking action.<br />

The first step towards eradicating noise concerns<br />

is to carry out a workplace assessment to determine<br />

any problems with hazardous noise.<br />

Usually, if employees need to raise their voices<br />

when speaking to one another, or if the noise is<br />

otherwise intrusive, it is likely that sound levels are<br />

too high and causing harm.<br />

Accurate noise measurements can help determine<br />

which noise control methods to use as a result.<br />

Protection<br />

If it is not reasonably practicable to reduce noise<br />

to safe levels through other means, hearing protection<br />

should be made available.<br />

When selecting HPE, it is vital to ensure that it<br />

provides adequate protection for the noise<br />

hazard and is also suitable for the wearer, the<br />

task and the workplace environment.<br />

Overall suitability is about comfort, user preference,<br />

compatibility, hygiene considerations, product<br />

maintenance requirements and many other<br />

factors. If HPE is not suitable, workers are more<br />

likely to remove it or wear it incorrectly.<br />

In order to aid compliance, workers should also<br />

be offered a range of HPE and be involved in<br />

the selection process.<br />

It is also crucial that employees still maintain<br />

situational awareness and can hear essential<br />

communication while wearing HPE.<br />

Choosing hearing protection with the greatest<br />

noise attenuation (protection) is not necessarily<br />

the best solution.<br />

Employers should also consider whether or<br />

not HPE is compatible with any other personal<br />

protective equipment (PPE) being worn. For instance,<br />

large bulky temple arms on spectacles<br />

can decrease the effective protection offered<br />

by ear muffs by compromising the seal created<br />

between the HPE and the wearer’s head.<br />

Training<br />

Training is an essential part of the protection<br />

process, ensuring that workers understand the<br />

hazards around them, when HPE is required and<br />

how it should be used.<br />

They should be shown how to wear the<br />

equipment and be informed of any maintenance<br />

and storage requirements.<br />

In addition, it is vital that adequate training records<br />

are kept in case they are ever called upon<br />

as evidence. This is a critical step that can lead to<br />

costly complications during legal action against<br />

employers.<br />

Validation<br />

The level of protection provided by any given<br />

piece of HPE will differ between users, largely<br />

depending on physical characteristics and<br />

how it is worn.<br />

Fit testing can account for all these factors,<br />

providing quantitative data that demonstrates the<br />

level of protection achieved by each user.<br />

The E-A-Rfit Dual-Ear Validation System from 3M<br />

can test the effectiveness of ear plugs or muffs,<br />

giving accurate results in seconds.<br />

This can greatly help with the product selection<br />

process, reassuring employers that their chosen<br />

equipment is adequately protecting employees.<br />

It is also a great benefit to the training process<br />

and provides an automated record of the fit testing<br />

session’s results.<br />

For more information,<br />

call the 3M helpline on 0870 608 0060.<br />

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


Are Homeowners Getting<br />

the Performance they should expect?<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> columnist Simon Storer,<br />

Chief Executive of the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association (BRUFMA)<br />

With large tracts of UK land being held for future development, there is a concern that<br />

when the properties are eventually built they will only comply with building<br />

regulations that were the standard <strong>10</strong> years ago. It begs the question: if homes being<br />

built now already require upgrading to comply with current Part L requirements is the<br />

construction industry creating a greater retrofit challenge for itself than it already faces?<br />

Buying a house which conforms to out-of-date<br />

building regulations is akin to buying a 2016<br />

car with a <strong>10</strong>-year-old engine – in both cases<br />

the owner isn’t getting what’s promised and in<br />

all likelihood will end up disappointed with the<br />

performance. With an estimated 600,000 plots<br />

of land mothballed for future development - the<br />

number of future properties falling short of the<br />

latest standards is likely to increase.<br />

Legislative Loophole<br />

How does this happen? With foundations and<br />

drainage in place, even if it takes a further <strong>10</strong><br />

years for a housing development to be complete,<br />

the finished properties need only comply to<br />

building regulations applicable when initial work<br />

started. The transitional arrangements for<br />

Building Regulations in England allow developers<br />

to build to previous standards, which whilst not<br />

wrong, just makes use of a legislative ‘loophole’<br />

that has enabled this to become a common and<br />

accepted practice.<br />

Occupants Lose out<br />

However, it’s the building occupants who stand<br />

to lose out when their new property’s energy efficiency<br />

falls below current targets. With the size<br />

of the average British family home having shrunk<br />

by 2m2 over the past decade, having to go back<br />

to properties and apply insulation to the interior<br />

However, it’s the building occupants who stand to lose out when their new<br />

property’s energy efficiency falls below current targets.<br />

wall of an already small room runs the risk of<br />

making a cramped living area even smaller. With<br />

space an absolute premium on many modern,<br />

tightly-knit housing developments, access between<br />

properties can already be tight, making<br />

exterior wall insulation equally as problematic.<br />

Performs as well as it looks<br />

So what options are there for UK house buyers<br />

who want a home which performs as well as<br />

it looks? Smaller development businesses are unable<br />

to buy large tracts of land and its therefore<br />

more likely that they are compelled to comply<br />

with current Part L building regulations.<br />

It’s these independent and smaller regional<br />

housebuilders which are striving for solutions<br />

to build homes to the latest quality and energy<br />

standards, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility<br />

such companies will consistently deliver<br />

properties that live up to all expectations.<br />

Comfort of the Tenant<br />

Social housing is another sector where properties<br />

are built to meet, and in many cases, exceed current<br />

standards. From the landlord’s point of view,<br />

tenant retention is paramount, hence the need to<br />

maximise a home’s performance, and ultimately<br />

the comfort of the tenant.<br />

Although the current UK housing crisis has in<br />

some ways denied the consumer the luxury of<br />

choice, it’s important that home buyers are<br />

aware that new and relatively affordable<br />

properties on large-scale housing developments<br />

may come at an additional cost - if your dream<br />

home does not perform as it should, turning-up<br />

the central heating may be the only option, adding<br />

to the environmental impact as well as energy<br />

bills.<br />

Concern for the Goverment<br />

If the average house-buyer is indifferent to a<br />

potential property’s performance, it remains a<br />

major concern for the government, which under<br />

the UK Climate Change Act, is committed to<br />

achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse<br />

gas emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.<br />

Developers creating buildings with good-quality,<br />

low-maintenance fabric, rather than focusing on<br />

aesthetics, could help reach that far-off target.<br />

BRUFMA is dedicated to raising the standard of<br />

PIR insulation for walls, floors and roofs. Its<br />

members continue to invest in product<br />

innovation, new technologies and manufacturing<br />

processes, resulting in an efficient range of insulation<br />

products suitable for all applications in both<br />

new build and refurbishment projects.<br />

The government is committed to building 1 million<br />

new UK homes by 2020. Let’s hope that all<br />

parties involved – developers, architects, contractors<br />

and local authorities, are as focused on<br />

quality and that the review of all Building Regulations<br />

currently being undertaken takes into<br />

account the outdated transitional arrangements<br />

currently in place.<br />

For more information visit:<br />

www.brufma.co.uk<br />

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Insulation Awards<br />

BREEAM Sponsor<br />

Inaugural Insulation Awards<br />

The National Insulation Industry Awards<br />

have announced they have won the<br />

ultimate title sponsor in BREEAM, the<br />

world’s foremost environmental assessment<br />

method and rating system for buildings.<br />

Top-Line Support from BREEAM<br />

BREEAM’s top-line support of the event is<br />

recognition of the fact that these awards have<br />

been a long time coming. But the entries deadline<br />

is close, Friday 25th August, and the organisers<br />

are encouraging last-minute applications for<br />

the 19 categories.<br />

Event founder Colin Heath said:<br />

“To say we are over the moon to get BREEAM<br />

on board to this level is an understatement. It’s<br />

a huge endorsement that these awards are long<br />

overdue and much needed by the insulation<br />

industry.”<br />

Other supporters to date of the inaugural event<br />

are the NHIC, Graco, the Committee on Climate<br />

Change, Recticel Insulation, BRUFMA, the BBA,<br />

and the National Energy Foundation.<br />

TV celebrity Nick Knowles will host the blacktie<br />

gala dinner on November 30th at the East<br />

Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel<br />

in Nottingham which is appropriately rated<br />

BREEAM “Excellent”.<br />

Judge Kevin Bohea,<br />

president of BRUFMA, said:<br />

“At last, an awards event recognising the very<br />

important contribution that insulation makes to<br />

building performance. I am really pleased to be<br />

supporting an event that will recognise the<br />

importance of insulation in high performance<br />

buildings.”<br />

Fellow judge Mike Easdon, Managing<br />

Director of InBuild Solutions, said:<br />

“It is a great privilege to be part of this inaugural<br />

awards ceremony which celebrates and showcases<br />

the work of the insulation industry. For the<br />

first time, companies representing every market<br />

sector from distributors, domestic installers to<br />

commercial contractors, manufacturers and<br />

designers will all come together to demonstrate<br />

technical excellence and the highest standards of<br />

quality and workmanship.”<br />

The Rt Hon Lord Deben said:<br />

“I’m so pleased to be judging and taking part in<br />

the National Insulation Industry Awards. The insulation<br />

industry plays a vital part in energy efficiency<br />

and the battle against climate change.”<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.insulationawards.co.uk.<br />

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Insulation News<br />

ROXUL Inc. to Rebrand<br />

to ROCKWOOL in North America<br />

The North American Division of the ROCK-<br />

WOOL Group ROXUL Inc. the largest<br />

producer of stonewool insulation has announced<br />

it will commence a full rebrand to ROCK-<br />

WOOL for all its Insulation business.<br />

80 Years of International Recognition<br />

Marketed internationally for 80 years, the ROCK-<br />

WOOL branding in North America* will take effect<br />

on January 1, 2018. The rebrand will apply to all<br />

segments of ROXUL’s North America insulation<br />

business – residential, commercial, roofing, OEM<br />

(core solutions) and technical insulation (industrial,<br />

marine & offshore) – as well as all product lines.<br />

“ROXUL is soon to be ROCKWOOL in North<br />

America,” says Trent Ogilvie,<br />

President, ROXUL Inc.<br />

“The rebrand creates a unified identity for our<br />

company, its solutions and benefits on a global<br />

scale. It reinforces ROCKWOOL’s position as a<br />

world leader in a diverse range of stone wool<br />

solutions, while unlocking significant potential for<br />

our business.”<br />

“This North American transition marks the next<br />

step in our efforts to create a strong global brand,”<br />

says Jens Birgersson,<br />

ROCKWOOL Group CEO.<br />

“The North American market continues to grow in<br />

importance, and the rebranding will strengthen our<br />

ability to meet customer requirements while at the<br />

same time addressing global concerns around<br />

energy consumption, water shortages and the<br />

need for safer, more resilient cities.”<br />

NIA Annual Conference<br />

7th December <strong>2017</strong><br />

The BBA gives firm advice on why the testing of building products<br />

can never be a case of hit or miss.<br />

The Insulation Event not to be missed<br />

at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel!<br />

To book your place at the event or get more information on the<br />

Exhibition, Sponsorship opportunities or reserving a table at the<br />

Gala Dinner, please contact Maeva.robson@nia-uk.org or call<br />

01525 383313.<br />

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Insulation News<br />

Paroc Celebrates<br />

its 80 Year Anniversary<br />

This year marks 80 years since the first<br />

stone wool insulation was introduced<br />

in Sweden. Paroc celebrates its long<br />

history, versatile know-how and expertize in<br />

innovative insulation solutions throughout<br />

<strong>2017</strong>. This anniversary year is a perfect<br />

moment to reflect on our achievements.<br />

Paroc shares the anniversary year with Finland’s<br />

<strong>10</strong>0th anniversary. Lahti<strong>2017</strong> FIS Nordic World Ski<br />

Championships is the biggest event during<br />

Finland’s centenary celebrations and Paroc will be<br />

an international sponsor of the event.<br />

“We’re pleased to have a role in such a significant<br />

international sports event in the year that Finland<br />

celebrates <strong>10</strong>0 years of independence. The sponsorship<br />

offers a great platform for us to celebrate<br />

Paroc’s 80th anniversary as well,” says Olga van<br />

Iterson, Paroc Group’s Marketing and<br />

Communications Director.<br />

Shared commitment to sustainability through for<br />

example energy and material efficiency boost the<br />

sponsorship cooperation. Lahti<strong>2017</strong> aims to be a<br />

pioneer in sustainable event organizing. Similarly<br />

Paroc throughout its history has also worked to<br />

promote sustainable development with continuous<br />

innovation and strive towards a better built environment.<br />

Throughout the anniversary year, Paroc will be<br />

sharing stories and memories from our company’s<br />

history via their website.<br />

Load Bearing All-In-One Thermal<br />

Floor System Launched by Jablite<br />

Established Insulation Manufacturers Jablite<br />

have launched a new version of its patented<br />

All-in-One Thermal Floor System. The new<br />

version is BBA-certified for use as a load-bearing<br />

beam and block floor. The new system was developed<br />

by Jablite in response to NHBC Guidance<br />

on the use of reinforcement to concrete toppings<br />

above beam and block floors.<br />

Jablite developed the new Non-Structural Topping<br />

(NST) version of its All-in-One system in preparation<br />

for 1 October <strong>2017</strong>. This is the date when the<br />

NHBC is set to order a ban on the use of concrete<br />

toppings with micro-fibres being used on thermal<br />

floor systems. (I.e. a beam and infill floor using EPS<br />

(expanded polystyrene) blocks instead of concrete<br />

blocks.)<br />

Innovative All-in-One System<br />

“This innovative R2 version of Jablite All-in-One<br />

Thermal Floor System gives house builders the<br />

completely-new option of a thermal floor system<br />

that can be used with a 50mm plain concrete topping<br />

and with a range of other concrete toppings<br />

– micro-fibres, macro-fibres, steel fibres or mesh,”<br />

says Wayne Brown, Technical and New<br />

Product Development Director.<br />

“We developed this R2 product in response to the<br />

NHBC Guidance on concrete toppings to give the<br />

market a flexible option that gives them the choice<br />

of which concrete topping they specify”<br />

adds Wayne.<br />

Managing Director Richard Lee said:<br />

“I fully expect the Non Structural Topping version<br />

that we are launching today to be as successful.<br />

It fulfils everything I ask of a Jablite innovation; it<br />

demonstrates our commitment to technical excellence,<br />

new product development and world class<br />

customer service,”<br />

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

Energy Efficient<br />

Architectural Design<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> columnist Darren Evans,<br />

Managing Director, Darren Evans Assessments<br />

When you consider the global population<br />

is set to increase by another 2<br />

billion by 2050 and with 70% of the<br />

world’s population living in cities, there will<br />

an unprecedented demand for energy across<br />

the planet. The opportunity for architects and<br />

stakeholders to create buildings which reduce<br />

energy use has never been more apparent.<br />

But can energy efficiency be achieved whilst<br />

still maintaining architectural intent?<br />

One of the key challenges for architects is working<br />

in any way that is inclusive to others so that energy<br />

performance can be achieved. Once this challenge<br />

is overcome, it’s possible to look at what needs to<br />

be achieved in terms of design and energy performance,<br />

and then endeavour to make it happen.<br />

Environmental Integrity<br />

The environmental integrity of any building, both in<br />

terms of design and operation, must be a key consideration<br />

in the design of new buildings and the<br />

renovation of existing ones. More and more architects<br />

and designers are realising that if you design<br />

to be energy efficient it improves quality of life and<br />

minimises the harmful impacts on our health. At the<br />

same time, clients are reaping the benefits of more<br />

environmentally responsible buildings through<br />

future-proofing, reduced operating costs, and comfort<br />

and health benefits.<br />

Design for Energy Efficiency<br />

Sustainability and environmental objectives can be<br />

made a priority in every building design and as such,<br />

the thermal performance of the building envelope can make a significant<br />

contribution to reducing the overall building energy usage. The use of<br />

renewable energy sources such as wind, geothermal and solar along with<br />

the orientation of a building to take full advantage of seasonal changes in<br />

the sun’s position are all important steps that can be taken to design for<br />

energy efficiency.<br />

Indoor environmental quality and how occupants feel in a space is also<br />

intrinsic to how an architect strikes a balance between design and<br />

sustainability. A healthy indoor environment can be achieved through<br />

adequate ventilation, temperature control and the use of low VOC<br />

materials.<br />

So what is holding back some architects and building owners? Some<br />

remain sceptical about climate change while others are not familiar with<br />

the new tools and processes that have emerged in recent years to support<br />

energy-efficient design. Others might say it costs too much. Yet evidence<br />

increasingly shows that higher performance need not mean higher costs.<br />

It’s possible to integrate environmentally- conscious features and also make<br />

fundamental decisions regarding sustainability early in the design process<br />

which saves time and money in the long term.<br />

Collaboration is Key<br />

Some of the biggest successes in history have come about because of<br />

a problem and someone saying let’s work with someone else to try and<br />

resolve this problem. From the industrial revolution to the lightbulb to the<br />

moon landing, all have come about because of a problem and how we<br />

overcame it. No one person has done it on their own; it’s been a collaboration.<br />

When we collaborate, we achieve things that are far better than when<br />

we don’t collaborate.<br />

For help and support with your projects do get in touch<br />

enquiries@darren-evans.co.uk.<br />

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We must keep<br />

Aspirations Running High<br />

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

After the political tumult of recent months, we are<br />

encouraged by the enthusiasm of Claire Perry, the new<br />

Energy Efficiency Minister. Her own team acknowledge<br />

her commitment to the new brief, further evidenced by her<br />

presence in the BEIS offices over the summer whilst others<br />

ministers have been away.<br />

High Hopes and Focus<br />

There are high hopes for this new BEIS team – that also includes<br />

Richard Harrington as Minister for Energy and industry – responsible<br />

for crucial areas such as the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Plan<br />

and the Energy Price Review. We also await the<br />

imminent National Infrastructure Commission’s Vision and Priorities<br />

document, a precursor to the first National Infrastructure<br />

Assessment in 2018. Our principal focus though, is on BEIS’s Clean<br />

Growth Plan, due for publication in mid-<strong>September</strong>.<br />

Critical Six Months<br />

We are acutely aware that the next 6 months are crucial. MIMA, as the<br />

secretariat of the EEIG campaign team, has been working hard over<br />

the summer months to keep energy efficiency on the political agenda,<br />

emphasising to both officials and Parliamentarians the importance of<br />

upgrading the UK’s building stock and why doing so should be a<br />

government infrastructure investment priority.<br />

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We start <strong>September</strong> with the publication of a<br />

UKERC briefing paper on “Unlocking Britain’s<br />

First Fuel: The potential for energy savings<br />

in UK housing” which reveals that potential<br />

energy savings to 2035 is approximately<br />

equivalent to the output of six nuclear power stations<br />

the size of Hinkley Point C. Not an<br />

insignificant saving or one that should be ignored.<br />

The message is strong.<br />

Clean Growth Plan<br />

buildings down, by delivering a buildings energy<br />

infrastructure programme to bring all UK homes<br />

up to EPC Band C by 2035. By doing so we can<br />

start to help deliver a high quality, sustainable<br />

programme, that can repair and restore business<br />

confidence and unleash investment in the industry<br />

- ensuring a long-term for improving building<br />

energy performance. Ultimately, we will be<br />

best positioned to inspire consumer confidence<br />

with an industry fit for the future and fit for the<br />

UK.<br />

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The Clean Growth Plan in <strong>September</strong> sits very<br />

neatly with the launch of Frontier Economics’<br />

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

will present government with a practical blueprint<br />

for delivering a stable, high quality energy<br />

efficiency programme. The report will draw on<br />

the high standards of workmanship and delivery<br />

supported by stringent regulations and use of<br />

best practice. The report provides the solutions<br />

and the complementary detail which the Clean<br />

Growth Plan may be light on.<br />

Frontier Economics Report<br />

We look towards the Parliamentary launch of the<br />

Frontier Economics report in mid-October – an<br />

event sponsored by one of our supporters, Conservative<br />

MP Antoinette Sandbach along with a<br />

tri-All Party Parliamentary Grouping of PRASEG,<br />

Intelligent Energy and Fuel Poverty and further<br />

supported by Lord Deben. The first time Parliamentarians<br />

will be introduced with a complete,<br />

long-term and high quality energy efficiency plan.<br />

Inspire Consumer Confidence<br />

Our message to newbie minister, Claire Perry<br />

is to support our aspirations and commitment<br />

to keeping energy costs in British homes and<br />

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In the meantime, if you are reading this article<br />

come and join us at the EEIG – we welcome new<br />

members – we are a broad but focused church -<br />

and it has never been more important that businesses,<br />

organisations and individuals to come<br />

together with one voice to turn our plan into a<br />

reality.<br />

Sarah Kostense-Winterton is<br />

Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral<br />

Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association<br />

and provides the secretariat to the Energy<br />

Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG).<br />

The EEIG is a collaboration of over 25<br />

organisations including leading industry and<br />

trade bodies and consumer groups, think<br />

tanks, environmental NGOs and major<br />

engineering, energy, construction and<br />

insulation businesses.<br />

For further details of the EEIG or if you<br />

would like to join, please contact Sarah at<br />

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Case Study<br />

CE Marking and BDA Agrément®<br />

CE marking was introduced to the construction industry across Europe as part of the<br />

preparation for the Single European Market in 1992 — set out in the Construction<br />

Products Directive — and was given closer attention here in the Construction Products<br />

Regulation 2011.<br />

Of course, post-Brexit we cannot be sure what will happen to the CPR, but there are CE marked products<br />

on the market here and there is confusion on the relation between national approvals — such as<br />

BDA Agrément® — and CE marking and, more to the point, the differences.<br />

CE Marking<br />

The key difference is that CE marking rarely means<br />

that the products covered is fit for all possible<br />

purposes. The harmonised European Standards,<br />

which underpin most CE marks, are focused on<br />

the performance factors related to the six Essential<br />

Requirements for works, I.e. buildings, originally<br />

set out in the CPD — plus one on sustainability.<br />

These are now called Basic Works Requirements<br />

in the CPR and are:<br />

bit more to it: remember, CE marking does not<br />

mean that the relevant product is fit for all possible<br />

purposes.<br />

Satisfaction<br />

The architect or main contractor has to satisfy<br />

themselves that the product is suitable for the<br />

intended use, normally by reference to a document<br />

or label called a Declaration of Performance, which<br />

will give additional information about the product.<br />

will be acceptable under Building Regulations.<br />

BDA Agrément®<br />

A BDA Agrément® addresses the different<br />

Building Regulations applicable to each part of<br />

the United Kingdom and NHBC criteria are also<br />

considered – in a single document.<br />

Durability is another key factor not addressed by<br />

CE marking but every BDA Agrément® contains<br />

a durability statement — vitally important information<br />

for architects, developers and building owners,<br />

letting them know how long the product is<br />

likely to last. Installation information is also absent<br />

from CE marking but there are installation details<br />

in all BDA Agréments.<br />

initial type testing and a management<br />

systems certification by a body notified for that<br />

purpose to the European Commission. Only<br />

products with key health and safety<br />

considerations need the involvement of a<br />

product certification body before CE marking<br />

can be applied.<br />

Kiwa BDA<br />

With all products approved by Kiwa BDA, testing<br />

is undertaken and the resulting data assessed<br />

by our experts, and if the approval is awarded<br />

the manufacturer is subject to continuing surveillance<br />

by our inspectors throughout the validity of<br />

the approval. This means specifiers, users and<br />

building owners can have total confidence that all<br />

products with a BDA Agrément® will be — and<br />

perform — exactly as set out in the document.<br />

A BDA Agrément® addresses the<br />

different Building Regulations applicable<br />

to each part of the United<br />

Kingdom and NHBC criteria are also<br />

considered – in a single document.<br />

• Mechanical resistance and stability.<br />

• Safety in case of fire.<br />

• Hygiene health and environment.<br />

• Safety and accessibility in use.<br />

• Protection against noise.<br />

• Energy economy including heat retention.<br />

• Sustainable use of natural resources.<br />

The idea is that CE marked products<br />

incorporated in buildings will allow the buildings<br />

to meet the above Requirements. But there is a<br />

CE marking on its own does not necessarily mean<br />

that the product allows Building Regulations to be<br />

met and important statutory or non-statutory national<br />

considerations, such as NHBC acceptance,<br />

are not included.<br />

However, CE marking accompanied by a Declaration<br />

of Performance showing to the satisfaction of<br />

the architect, contractor or building control body<br />

that the product meets the requirements for the<br />

building under consideration,<br />

Surveillance and inspection vary in CE marking<br />

depending on the nature of the product and its<br />

role in the building; the more health and safety<br />

critical, the more onerous the regime. At the<br />

lower end of the scale the manufacturer or importer<br />

can simply declare that the relevant product<br />

complies with the Standard and apply the CE<br />

mark, with no continuing surveillance.<br />

Most products will be CE marked on the basis of<br />

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<strong>Insulate</strong> Debate<br />

Domestic Energy Assessors<br />

and Energy Performance Certificates<br />

Opportunity or a Declining Breed?<br />

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

Explains the current situation and future opportunities<br />

Several years ago the Government encouraged companies to invest in training and accreditation<br />

to become Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) in order to support its new flagship<br />

energy efficiency programme the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.<br />

Unfortunately the Green Deal failed to take off<br />

and in April <strong>2017</strong> Government made the<br />

decision to replace Energy Performance<br />

Certificates (EPCs) with a new deemed<br />

scores methodology in the Energy Company<br />

Obligation Transition in order to reduce the costs<br />

of administration and compliance. Unfortunately<br />

the new deemed scores approach has actually<br />

increased the complexity and costs of ECO but<br />

that is a separate matter.<br />

Neil Marshall<br />

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“Similarly, there are several million SME businesses<br />

that have similar characteristics to domestic<br />

households such as shops, pubs, clubs and hotels<br />

that require insulation - again a DEA and an EPC<br />

could open the door.<br />

Finally in April 2018, Government is introducing<br />

new regulations that will require Private Landlords<br />

to improve the energy efficiency rating of their<br />

properties through the installation of energy<br />

efficiency measures - another significant opportunity<br />

for DEAs and EPCs.<br />

Effective Engagement<br />

So we see DEAs as having a crucial role in maximising<br />

the opportunity to support the uptake of insulation<br />

measures but the question is how to most<br />

effectively engage with potential<br />

customers?<br />

At the NIA, having identified the opportunities we<br />

are now inviting qualified, accredited DEAs to become<br />

NIA members and work in partnership with<br />

our installer members to deliver a ‘one stop shop’<br />

from them to potential customers.<br />

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Given the above, DEAs who have invested<br />

heavily in training and accreditation are now left<br />

wondering where the work is going to come from<br />

to provide a return on this investment.<br />

Important Role<br />

At the NIA we firmly believe that there is an<br />

extremely important role for DEAs and EPCs in<br />

stimulating the uptake of energy<br />

efficiency measures. The Energy Company<br />

Obligation is focussed on providing<br />

free energy efficiency measures to fuel poor<br />

households and there is very limited support<br />

for the ‘able to pay’ consumers. Yet there are<br />

millions of ‘able to pay’ homes that could benefit<br />

from insulation and householders who are<br />

prepared to pay for it but need encouragement<br />

to do so - a visit from a DEA to carry out an<br />

EPC provides an excellent opportunity to engage<br />

with them.<br />

So far we have received an excellent response<br />

from DEAs and once we have the new network<br />

fully established we will be heavily promoting EPCs<br />

along with NIA’s DEA’s and Installer members in all<br />

relevant market sectors with a strong marketing<br />

campaign.<br />

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Industry Events<br />

An Unmissable Date<br />

For Your Diary This Year<br />

No matter what construction project you’re working on in October, there’s only one roof<br />

you’ll want to be beneath on <strong>10</strong>th October. The Birmingham NEC is once again hosting UK<br />

Construction Week, the largest and most anticipated event in the construction calendar.<br />

Attending this October might just be more important<br />

than ever before. The industry is under great<br />

scrutiny; the UK housing shortage and simultaneous<br />

skills shortage are conflicting challenges in<br />

need of solutions; the ramifications of the Brexit<br />

vote are unfolding yet unclear; and let’s not forget<br />

government mandates for 3D BIM on public<br />

sector projects. Plus, UK Construction Week’s<br />

Building Performance Challenge Survey has revealed<br />

that 67% of respondents were completely<br />

unaware of the forthcoming Minimum Energy Performance<br />

Standards (MEPS), which will come into<br />

force in April 2018. Yet 72% of our respondents<br />

cited building performance as one of the most<br />

important features in a commercial building, with<br />

sustainability polling 56%.<br />

At UK Construction Week, visitors will find experts<br />

sharing their insights on all these key issues<br />

and more, CPD-certified workshops to enhance<br />

skills, and a chance to network with an estimated<br />

35,000 fellow professionals. All for free.<br />

Nine Niche Shows<br />

Nine shows will take place across the three days<br />

from Tuesday <strong>10</strong>th to Thursday 12th October:<br />

The Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim, Timber<br />

Expo, Smart Buildings <strong>2017</strong>, Grand Designs Live,<br />

Surface Materials (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms<br />

Live), Energy <strong>2017</strong>, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC<br />

<strong>2017</strong> and Civils Expo.<br />

A new layout and floor plan makes it easy to see<br />

more than 650 leading exhibitors, including construction’s<br />

biggest names, such as Easy-Trim,<br />

Rockwool, ICF Insulation, Permaroof, Knauf Insulation,<br />

STEICO UK, SPSenvirowall, and Styrene<br />

Packaging & Insulation. This year there are extra<br />

zones and theatres, including Health and Safety,<br />

Windows & Doors, Roofing & Insulation, and<br />

Tools, plus the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion,<br />

Offsite Theatre in association with the Modular<br />

and Portable Building Association, Timber<br />

Focus Theatre in collaboration with TRADA, the<br />

Surface & Materials Hub with Material Lab, and<br />

the BIM Prospects Theatre delivered by BRE.<br />

UK Construction Week is a unique opportunity<br />

to attend an array of debates, seminars and specialist<br />

building safety workshops hosted on the<br />

main stage and at six hubs positioned around the<br />

venue. The workshops, all of which are free and<br />

CPD-certified, run on all three exhibition days, but<br />

are expected to book up quickly, so visitors are<br />

advised to register as soon as possible.<br />

Three thoroughly thought-provoking themes<br />

Offsite construction is a recurring theme; it’s the<br />

future of the way we build, and visitors will find<br />

more exhibitors focusing on offsite and modular<br />

construction than any other area. This part of the<br />

event is supported by the Modular and Portable<br />

Building Association (MPBA) and Structural Timber<br />

Association (STA). There’s a dedicated offsite<br />

theatre features key speakers focusing on<br />

volumetric construction including Urban Splash<br />

chairman Tom Bloxham, Rory Bergin – a partner<br />

at Sustainable Futures – plus insights from the industry-leading<br />

Knauf Insulation.<br />

The present and future of BIM. The Building<br />

Research Establishment (BRE) is hosting the BIM<br />

Prospects Theatre. Visitors will hear expert insights<br />

on the skills gap and delivering BIM level<br />

2, and be brought up to date on the government<br />

mandate requiring collaborative 3D BIM.<br />

Building safety, quality and fire prevention are<br />

an absolute priority at this year’s event. Visitors<br />

can benefit from free CPD advice covering changes<br />

to legislation on safety, guidance on product<br />

safety, fire prevention strategies, and their role in<br />

the construction process, among other insights.<br />

We recommend registering and booking places as<br />

soon as possible.<br />

There will also be a dramatic demonstration from<br />

Exova which includes a ‘full-scale’ simulated<br />

cross-corridor set-up to demonstrate best-practice<br />

installation of passive fire protection measures.<br />

The objective is to give insight into the complexity<br />

of installation and the need to appoint suitably<br />

qualified and competent contractors.<br />

A Worldwide First<br />

Imagine a building that turns up and installs itself.<br />

No imagination required for visitors to UK Construction<br />

Week: premiering at UKCW is Ten Fold’s<br />

extraordinary TF-64 building – a live demo of a fully<br />

relocatable, self-deploying building.<br />

And Two Firsts For Britain<br />

UK Construction Week is proud to present – for<br />

the first time in the UK - the ÖÖDHOUSE: an incredible<br />

rapid-construction pod building made<br />

from timber and privacy glass which reflects its<br />

exterior surrounding.<br />

George Clarke will be launching MOBI – the Ministry<br />

of Building and Innovation. It includes the first<br />

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Further and Higher Education courses in home<br />

construction; a regional roll-out of inspiring, innovative<br />

and creative construction hubs.<br />

What Else is Happening<br />

The Innovation Trail will return. A showcase for<br />

the newest and most exciting construction-related<br />

products on the market, plus various free-toenter<br />

competitions. Companies confirmed for The<br />

Innovation Trail include Central Alliance, which will<br />

showcase the latest in ‘Mobile Mapping’ with its<br />

new, ground-breaking ROBIN LiDAR mapping<br />

system that provides three alternative mounting<br />

options rolled into one solution, allowing the user<br />

to map a variety of areas via walking, driving or<br />

flying; Texo Drone will introduce advanced UAV<br />

services for construction surveying – the world’s<br />

first UAV integrated survey-grade LiDAR system;<br />

and Solisco will showcase its innovative Solar<br />

EV-Port Systems that offer a balanced solution to<br />

power cars with renewable energy whilst helping<br />

to balance the grid.<br />

A number of new, specialist awards will also feature<br />

at this year’s event. These include: LOWCVP<br />

Low Carbon Champions Awards, BIM Awards<br />

and the WAN Transport, Concrete in Architecture<br />

and Adaptive Reuse Awards. The UK’s best companies<br />

in the industry will also be recognised at<br />

the Construction Enquirer Awards on the opening<br />

night of the show.<br />

Other new areas include the Development and<br />

Regeneration Hub, a ‘How to Theatre’ sponsored<br />

by Trimaco featuring product demonstrations and<br />

advice, and an Education Hub offering CPDs in<br />

partnership with BSI.<br />

Social Networking<br />


Includes access to these events:<br />



<strong>10</strong>,000+ INNOVATIVE<br />


OVER 30,000 VISITORS<br />


<strong>10</strong>0+ CPD SESSIONS<br />



Collaboration and knowledge-sharing make the<br />

industry stronger. UK Construction Week will<br />

encourage exhibitors and visitors to have some<br />

downtime at the beer and ale festival, open each<br />

day and both middle nights, plus a dodgeball<br />

tournament, and casino nights on the <strong>10</strong>th and<br />

11th with Genting International Casino.<br />

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Industry Events<br />

Book your Place at this<br />

Years NIA Annual Conference<br />

NIA Annual Conference<br />

7th December <strong>2017</strong><br />

The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference, Exhibition and Black Tie<br />

Gala Dinner is taking place on Thursday 7th December <strong>2017</strong> at the Jurys Inn Hinckley<br />

Island Hotel, Leicestershire. “The event is now firmly regarded as a key insulation industry event and<br />

with over 200 delegates expected to attend this year, it will certainly be a great way for companies to<br />

find out the latest news and network with our members and external guests.”<br />

Says Neil Marshall Chief Executive of the NIA<br />

- Non NIA member companies<br />

can attend the event by booking<br />

external delegate places at just<br />

£199* (If companies join the NIA<br />

between now and the event they<br />

will automatically be entitled to<br />

one free delegate place.)<br />

- A limited number of exhibition<br />

stands are still available for booking.<br />

These provide companies<br />

with the perfect opportunity to<br />

showcase their products and<br />

services to insulation<br />

manufacturers, system suppliers,<br />

installers, energy companies,<br />

local authorities and housing<br />

associations. The cost of an<br />

exhibition stand is £1,500* which<br />

includes a shell stand, lighting,<br />

tables and chairs plus 1 free<br />

delegate place at the Conference<br />

and Black Tie Gala Dinner.<br />

The exhibition takes place in the<br />

room where refreshments and<br />

lunch are served during the day<br />

and therefore exhibitors have a<br />

captive audience.<br />

- A range of sponsorship packages<br />

starting from just £2,500*,<br />

these give companies the<br />

opportunity to achieve great<br />

brand awareness and speaker<br />

opportunities at the event – the<br />

packages include:<br />

- Refreshments and Lunch<br />

- Champagne Drinks Reception<br />

- Gala Dinner – which includes<br />

a free table for <strong>10</strong> at the dinner.<br />

- Headline Sponsor – which<br />

includes full branding, a tailored<br />

PR support package, ten minute<br />

speaker slot at the Conference<br />

and a free table for <strong>10</strong> at the<br />

black tie gala dinner.<br />

The Insulation Event not to be missed<br />

at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel!<br />

To book your place at the event or get more information on the<br />

Exhibition, Sponsorship opportunities or reserving a table at the<br />

Gala Dinner, please contact Maeva.robson@nia-uk.org or call<br />

01525 383313.<br />

Marshall Added:<br />

"We are looking forward to providing our members<br />

and external guests with an informative and<br />

enjoyable event at which they will be able to find<br />

out about opportunities across a range of markets<br />

and socialise in informal surroundings. We<br />

would therefore urge any companies interested in<br />

attending or in any of the opportunities available to<br />

contact us without delay.”<br />

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Watling St, Burbage, Hinckley<br />

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