Insulate - The Essential Insulation Magazine - May 2018

May Issue of Insulate Insulation Magazine: Exclusive in-depth interview with Isover Insulation's Huw Rees, Schooled in Insulation, Urgent action on Building Safety, Sound Methods of Construction. Also news from Kingspan Insulation, NIA, BUFCA, MIMA, IMA, 3M, Egerton, Baumit, Advanced Insulation, Knauf, Insulation Superstore and many more....

May Issue of Insulate Insulation Magazine: Exclusive in-depth interview with Isover Insulation's Huw Rees, Schooled in Insulation, Urgent action on Building Safety, Sound Methods of Construction. Also news from Kingspan Insulation, NIA, BUFCA, MIMA, IMA, 3M, Egerton, Baumit, Advanced Insulation, Knauf, Insulation Superstore and many more....


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Contents<br />

It is fitting that the sun begins to show its face again and<br />

growth is back on natures agenda. <strong>The</strong> growth and<br />

appreciation for this publication is equally as satisfying for<br />

our dedicated team as we bring you issue 18. Special thanks to<br />

the committed companies that are proud of what they do and<br />

continue to support a best practice sharing, industry celebrating<br />

publication for their industry.<br />

With Sadness<br />

Back in December 2016, when we were promoting the launch of<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, I spoke to Kiwa BDA about the possibility of<br />

working with them and sharing industry related content. My details<br />

were passed to Alan Thomas, a consultant looking to increase<br />

brand awareness for the Kiwa Agrément certification.<br />

Alan and I exchanged many emails discussing the benefits of the<br />

publication and potential routes to market for Kiwa. Alan wrote<br />

three article during the following months that were read extensively<br />

online and no doubt in print. Sadly Alan passed away on<br />

<strong>May</strong> 3 rd this year and our thoughts are with his family and friends<br />

at this time.<br />

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Over 100 Attend NIA Event<br />

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Alternative <strong>Insulation</strong> Materials<br />

16<br />

Cladding Solutions 18<br />

Urgent Action Over Building Safety<br />

22<br />

Schooled in <strong>Insulation</strong> 24<br />

Sound Advice for Hearing Protection 27<br />

Landlords and Energy Efficiency Regulations 29<br />

<strong>The</strong> Challenges of Surveying CWI<br />

30<br />

Vilvalda Cuts Recycling Costs by Three Quarters 33<br />

Can the New Eco3 Scheme Deliver on Promises<br />

34<br />

Sound Method of Sustainable Construction<br />

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Colin Heath<br />

Managing Editor<br />

colin@insulatenetwork.com<br />

@colin_insulate<br />

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Jamie Street<br />

Head of Creative<br />

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@jamie_insulate<br />

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Paul Forrester<br />

Technical Editor<br />

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World Cup <strong>2018</strong> Match Planner<br />

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instant insulate<br />

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

Head over to page 27 for Landlords and Energy Efficiency<br />

I know that the insulation market is<br />

improving all the time and yes there are<br />

leaders out there and we are one of those.<br />

Read More: Page 6<br />

<strong>The</strong> association consists of<br />

polyurethane foam installers<br />

operating to high standards, together<br />

with material and equipment<br />

suppliers.<br />

Ecobuild Review: Page 16<br />

Many people have benefited from improved<br />

insulation within their cavity walls. Whilst<br />

others have suffered greatly from penetrating<br />

dampness, condensation and mould.<br />

Read More: Page 30<br />

Educating people of school age about the<br />

buildings they live, work and play in<br />

would be a fine addition to any curriculum.<br />

Whether they go on to work in the<br />

construction industry or not, they will be<br />

building owners, occupiers and users.<br />

Read More: Page 24<br />

This is not a “do nothing” approach whilst we<br />

await the outcomes of the Hackitt Review. We<br />

need very real and practical action in the short<br />

to medium term and Government must lead this<br />

action from the front.<br />

Read More: Page 22<br />

It’s vital that landlords have access to<br />

the most trusted and reliable of local<br />

specialists, and hopes that its online<br />

service will enable landlords to meet<br />

their obligations by making their<br />

properties more energy efficient.<br />

Read More: Page 29<br />

Of course, we need to ensure that one of the key<br />

opportunities isn’t missed and that is to ensure<br />

that the fabric of the building is as thermally<br />

efficient as it can be before installing<br />

other measures.<br />

Read More: Page 34<br />

By going beyond the call of duty to<br />

construct homes which excel in terms of<br />

thermal performance building, regulations<br />

regarding energy-efficiency have<br />

little relevance<br />

Read More: Page 36<br />

For Sound Advice for Hearing <strong>Insulation</strong> Turn to page 27<br />

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Reflecting on<br />

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Exclusive interview Huw Rees (Isover) with Colin Heath from <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>s<br />

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

Huw Rees<br />

<strong>The</strong> Highs and Lows<br />

As he approaches retirement,<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> Managing<br />

Editor sat down with Huw<br />

Rees to discuss his career in the<br />

insulation industry and the many<br />

changes that he has seen during<br />

that time.<br />

Huw, thanks for taking the time to<br />

talk to us, could you give me a brief<br />

overview of your career to date?<br />

Well, I started in 1988 working in<br />

sales. <strong>The</strong>n I was lucky as Andrew<br />

Handley, who was the Sales Director<br />

of British Gypsum, said there<br />

was a vacancy as Regional Sales Director<br />

in London, so I went and had<br />

a chat with them and sure enough,<br />

the opportunity turned into reality.<br />

It was fantastic for me because I<br />

knew a lot of the sub-contractors<br />

in the area. It was a great business<br />

to be with, and the opportunity<br />

to work for British Gypsum was a<br />

blessing, superb and the best time of<br />

my life.<br />

So how long in the Industry<br />

overall?<br />

Coming up to 30 years now. I was<br />

with British Gypsum for about 25<br />

years, and then with Isover.<br />

In that time what do you think the<br />

biggest shift has been in the Industry<br />

that you’ve seen?<br />

I think loyalty. You know in the<br />

past there was a lot of brand loyalty,<br />

then there was a move to low pricing<br />

dominating the market. However<br />

more recently, there’s been a move<br />

towards value added and performance.<br />

Don’t get me wrong, price is<br />

still an issue but so is performance<br />

and quality.<br />

Some of the main contractors, in<br />

order to win projects, are inclined to<br />

opt to use the cheapest material and<br />

not necessarily looking at quality.<br />

However the end consumers and<br />

specifiers in the market are feeding<br />

back up the chain that performance<br />

and quality are more than a luxury,<br />

but rather it’s been demanded and<br />

the norm.<br />

So one of the biggest things that<br />

I’ve seen is the move from loyalty to<br />

price, and now to quality and<br />

performance within system<br />

solutions.<br />

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I suppose the other thing is how innovation has changed<br />

as well in that period of time; we’ve gone from just a<br />

simple wall board to fireline, to duplex insulation and the<br />

move towards integrated systems that work together to<br />

deliver outstanding quality performance.<br />

Another major shift, is the move towards the benefits of<br />

sound insulation. Over the years many houses built suffer<br />

from poor sound insulation, particularly in semi-detached<br />

buildings and apartments.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are so many different types of insulation to keep<br />

up with the demands of the insulation<br />

market, and it is improving all the<br />

time - and yes there are leaders out<br />

there and we are one of those.<br />

playing Rugby League in Australia. I was flying home<br />

and I told one of the boys to keep a piece of paper for me<br />

from the job advertisements. I phoned up a guy called<br />

Mr Brown and said: “look, I’ve just arrived back in the<br />

UK any chance of an interview?” He answered with:<br />

“sorry mate, all the interviews are done and finished.” I<br />

said: “well look, when is the last day of interviews? He<br />

replied with tomorrow. I said: “right, where do you live?”<br />

To which he said St Ives Cambridge. Having established<br />

that he would have to travel through the Dartford Tunnel<br />

to get home, with about five hours of queues, I suggested<br />

So how would you say the technology<br />

has changed during your time within<br />

your role and within the wider<br />

industry<br />

Well, when I first started we didn’t<br />

have mobile phones we had the phone<br />

box! We’d phone in at the end of the<br />

day to see what was going on, then we<br />

had the ‘brick phone’ and that worked<br />

only in certain areas and then moving<br />

on from there, we had Kalamazoo as a<br />

reporting tool – it was a tick box basically<br />

and then that started evolving.<br />

When I started, we had three calls to<br />

make a day you’d write down what<br />

you had discussed in the car, what<br />

materials the customer was interested<br />

in purchasing and you would just send it in, on a weekly<br />

basis - not every day! <strong>The</strong> customer wouldn’t necessarily<br />

place an order with you but what they were intending to<br />

order.<br />

Another major shift, is the move towards the benefits of<br />

sound insulation. Over the years many houses built suffer<br />

from poor sound insulation, particularly in semi-detached<br />

buildings and apartments. <strong>The</strong>re are so many different<br />

types of insulation to keep up with the demands of the<br />

insulation market, and it is improving all the time - and<br />

yes there are leaders out there and we are one of those.<br />

In those days the geography was so much smaller; my<br />

first patch was North West London as a Sales Representative.<br />

I got the job actually having come back from<br />

to see him at 4 o’clock, have an interview and see how it<br />

goes. I found out a lot about British Gypsum at the time<br />

and at the end of the interview, he asked if I had anymore<br />

questions to which I said: “When do I start?” And<br />

that was it, that’s how I started. But going back to your<br />

question, it’s gone from those days of having paper and<br />

just writing one or two reports, to now touching a button<br />

with laptops and iPads, and having the sales figures up in<br />

front of you in a nanosecond.<br />

In real time?<br />

Yes real-time. It’s quite incredible how it’s all changed<br />

and who knows what’s going to happen in the next ten<br />

years.<br />

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If you were going to go back and<br />

give advice to your pre-insulation<br />

industry self, what advice would you<br />

give somebody that was coming into<br />

the industry right now<br />

I think first of<br />

all you have to<br />

understand the<br />

business and<br />

understand the<br />

infrastructure -<br />

don’t go around<br />

like a headless<br />

chicken trying<br />

to see every<br />

customer, get<br />

the backroom in<br />

order first of all<br />

and be organised.<br />

Get a firm<br />

structure in place<br />

and then look at<br />

working with the<br />

Regional Sales<br />

Directors to<br />

develop certain<br />

areas, key accounts<br />

and have<br />

a firm strategy<br />

going forward.<br />

Always have an<br />

eye on the horizon,<br />

that’s where<br />

the innovation is,<br />

that’s the future.<br />

For example, look<br />

how the market is now demanding<br />

high performance sound insulation,<br />

which is something that hardly<br />

featured ten years ago!<br />

When I joined the business in<br />

Isover, I did a survey across the<br />

contractors, sub-contractors and<br />

distributors to find out what they<br />

wanted from Isover going forward;<br />

they said value, innovation and clear<br />

communication.<br />

I knew it was important to get the<br />

brand name out there, so I just got<br />

out and saw as many people as I<br />

could and put Isover cards in front<br />

of them saying: “look I’ve moved<br />

over from British Gypsum with<br />

David Travill, to Isover - still the<br />

same business, Saint-Gobain.” I<br />

wanted to remind them that we’re<br />

[Isover] here and if there were any<br />

opportunities that we can capitalise<br />

on. We had some great success with<br />

a number of key distributors who<br />

were able to support us.<br />

And leveraging a whole other skillset<br />

probably, I’d say as well, because obviously<br />

you’ve been in that BG bubble<br />

as being a market leader, obviously<br />

you were going to leverage contacts<br />

because that is what everybody does,<br />

but it’s a different skillset getting<br />

products into store than it is when<br />

you are BG because obviously they’ve<br />

already got that.<br />

Yes that’s right, and the key to us as<br />

Saint-Gobain and Isover, we need<br />

to continue to work closely with<br />

British Gypsum for the specification<br />

of full system solutions.<br />

Would you say that your retirement is<br />

coming too early or too late?<br />

Well, do you know I think it’s<br />

coming at the right time for me.<br />

As I’ve said, I’ve worked for British<br />

Gypsum and Isover for thirty years,<br />

much of that time I’ve been away<br />

from home. I’ve still got a young<br />

family so it’s an opportunity to<br />

spend more time with them. My<br />

wife, Sian had a very good job<br />

working for Michael Heseltine, she<br />

was number three in his business in<br />

market publishing.<br />

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So we decided she should concentrate on doing that<br />

before we started having children.<br />

We bought a house in Swansea 20 years ago, lovely house<br />

looking over the bay and it’s just great for me with this<br />

opportunity knowing that I would be at home seeing the<br />

family being able to run around to netball and football.<br />

Being able to support Sian is important, as she’s a Lecturer<br />

at the University as well now, so she’s been juggling<br />

so much - she was also a netball coach, so it was full on<br />

for her. I’m sure you know, wives and girlfriends seem to<br />

be able to do everything – you just don’t know how they<br />

do it!<br />

So back to the industry, what challenges do you think the<br />

industry has got to overcome right now and to continue to<br />

promote what we do?<br />

I think we spoke about it earlier; the challenges are first<br />

of all producing quality material and being able to offer a<br />

quality service.<br />

I think the other thing is getting the mind-set right with<br />

the customers, so that they fully understand that we<br />

operate in systems and therefore, have robust warranties<br />

in place. We want to make sure our customers are<br />

working with the right systems and materials so we can<br />

support them 100%.<br />

So the final question… You have open dialogue with the<br />

industry now, the wider industry I’m talking about, so<br />

the entire insulation industry across all types, systems etc.,<br />

what would be your closing message as you were leaving<br />

the industry?<br />

Tricky question that Colin!<br />

We need to embrace the philosophy of the right system<br />

solution for the build challenge, rather than a narrow<br />

focus on one product that may only deliver a fraction of<br />

the quality.<br />

I think as an industry, we must remember that it’s not<br />

just about the ‘build spec’ or the margin, it’s about the<br />

end users as well. <strong>Insulation</strong> isn’t just about keeping<br />

homes and offices quiet and warm, it’s about creating a<br />

home or office space that’s good to live and work in; in<br />

other words we have a chance to add to peoples’ quality<br />

of life.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> challenges are first of all<br />

producing quality material and<br />

being able to offer a<br />

quality service.

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I think you have to understand the<br />

business and understand the<br />

infrastructure - don’t go around like<br />

a headless chicken trying to see every<br />

customer, get the backroom in order<br />

first of all and be organised.<br />

Get a firm structure in place and<br />

then look at working with the<br />

Regional Sales Directors to develop<br />

certain areas, key accounts and have<br />

a firm strategy going forward.<br />

Thanks for taking the time once again Huw, we really<br />

appreciate it and wish you all the very best in your<br />

retirement.<br />

Thanks Colin, working for companies like British<br />

Gypsum, Isover, Saint-Gobain - it’s the biggest family<br />

that I have ever been involved with. It’s been fantastic;<br />

if you are prepared to help people, then people will help<br />

you back and from that point of view I would never<br />

have wished to work for anybody else. It’s been just the<br />

best thirty years, the people are so generous, supportive,<br />

fantastic you know…!<br />

Excellent thank you very much<br />

More from Isover<br />

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products and solutions:<br />

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

Over 100 attend NIA<br />

Special <strong>Insulation</strong> Industry Event<br />

<strong>The</strong> National <strong>Insulation</strong> Association (NIA), with<br />

external speakers, recently addressed over 100<br />

industry delegates at its special briefing event<br />

on Thursday 26th April in Hinckley, Leicestershire. <strong>The</strong><br />

event provided attendees with comprehensive details<br />

of a number of key developments<br />

that will impact their<br />

businesses over the next year.<br />

After lunch Simon Ayers, Trustmarks CEO gave an<br />

interesting and informative presentation on the new<br />

Each Home Counts Quality Mark that will be specified<br />

for all funded work. Adrian Hull from THS Inspection<br />

<strong>The</strong> day kicked off with an<br />

opening address from Derek<br />

Horrocks, NIA Chair. He<br />

stated that “important developments<br />

are on the horizon” and<br />

that it was the NIA’s aim to<br />

ensure its members had the<br />

most up to date information<br />

to aid their business planning.<br />

He also said that now is the<br />

time to influence the outcomes<br />

too.<br />

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive<br />

of the NIA, followed up<br />

by setting out details of the<br />

NIA’s new strategy and plans<br />

which are focussed on four<br />

key areas; Policies and Funded Schemes; Quality and<br />

Standards; New Markets and Business Development/<br />

Lead Generation.<br />

Richard Mellish and Alice Hunter from the Department<br />

for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)<br />

provided an update on the ECO3 consultation and Neil<br />

Marshall then responded by setting out NIA member’s<br />

views on the proposals. Neil urged all members to<br />

respond to the consultation to ensure their views and<br />

opinions are taken into account.<br />

Services and Chair of the Association of Technical<br />

Monitoring Agents rounded off the day by providing<br />

insights into technical monitoring and future<br />

developments that would impact insulation companies.<br />

Specialist events such as these are just one of the many<br />

benefits of becoming a member of the NIA.<br />

Companies wishing to join the NIA should contact the<br />

NIA on 01525383313 or email info@nia-uk.org<br />

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

Alternative <strong>Insulation</strong> Materials<br />

Polyurethane foam for better insulation<br />

By Leonie Onslow, Executive Director, British Urethane Foam Contractors Association<br />

Polyurethane foam can be used as a high performing insulant for all types of building projects to meet or<br />

exceed today’s standards. It is also widely used for remodelling purposes, for instance in barn conversions.<br />

When used for airtightness or stabilisation under the roof or within the cavity it outperforms most other<br />

materials.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sprayed or injected foam is not<br />

just an insulant – it can be used for<br />

stabilisation purposes, for instance<br />

to hold tiles in place for a stronger<br />

roof structure or to take the place of<br />

failing cavity wall ties. <strong>The</strong> material<br />

can often be used when other materials<br />

are simply not suitable. <strong>The</strong><br />

material is so versatile that it can<br />

be used in many different situations<br />

from buildings to boats!<br />

<strong>The</strong> polyurethane foam insulant is a<br />

two-component liquid system which<br />

produces a highly-efficient blanket<br />

of insulation with an exceptional<br />

thermal conductivity figure. Systems<br />

can be applied to various depths and<br />

have K-values in the range of 0.025<br />

to 0.028W/mK.<br />

<strong>The</strong> trade association for the sprayed<br />

and injected polyurethane foam industry<br />

is the British Urethane Foam<br />

Contractors Association. BUFCA is<br />

a central resource for the application<br />

of polyurethane foam systems. <strong>The</strong><br />

association consists of polyurethane<br />

foam installers operating to high<br />

standards, together with material<br />

and equipment suppliers.<br />

Polyurethane foam can be installed<br />

to help meet Building Regulations<br />

as wall insulation, roof insulation,<br />

floor insulation or to fill voids and<br />

other areas providing a seamless,<br />

thermal insulation barrier. Other<br />

jointed systems give rise to a<br />

potentially weak point, leading to<br />

asignificant loss of insulation value.<br />

For wall insulation, injected polyurethane<br />

foam can be used in the<br />

cavity to provide a superior performing<br />

insulant which also helps<br />

to bond the inner and outer leaves<br />

providing strength to the building.<br />

Air leakage through the cavity can<br />

be reduced to zero. Because of the<br />

greater thermal performance and<br />

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Also read in this months insulate:<br />

Educating people of school age about<br />

the buildings they live, work and play<br />

in would be a fine addition to any<br />

curriculum.<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 24<br />

This is not a “do nothing” approach<br />

whilst we await the outcomes of the<br />

Hackitt Review. We need very real<br />

and practical action in the short to<br />

medium term<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 22<br />

By going beyond the call of duty to<br />

construct homes which excel in terms of<br />

thermal performance building,<br />

regulations regarding energy-efficiency<br />

have little relevance<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 36<br />

<strong>The</strong> trade association for the sprayed<br />

and injected polyurethane foam<br />

industry is the British Urethane Foam<br />

Contractors Association. BUFCA is a<br />

central resource for the application of<br />

polyurethane foam systems.<br />

<strong>The</strong> association consists of<br />

polyurethane foam installers operating<br />

to high standards, together with<br />

material and equipment suppliers.<br />

the reduced air leakage PU foam outperforms all other<br />

forms of cavity fill.<br />

It is a much less costly alternative to re-roofing and can be<br />

applied to slates, tiles and other various roof coverings. It<br />

permanently cures the problems of nail fatigue and makes<br />

the roof much more resistant to storm or impact damage.<br />

Because it is liquid when it is applied, it seeks and seals any<br />

unwanted air leakage that may occur preventing the ingress<br />

of wind-driven rain, snow and dust and dramatically reducing<br />

heat loss.<br />

<strong>The</strong> foam also slows the deterioration of tile/slates by frost.<br />

On the underside of the covering frost damage is<br />

eliminated.<br />

On the weather side the frequency of the<br />

freezing/thawing cycle is reduced. Slates<br />

and tiles will be less prone to damage by<br />

impact as the foam distributes the forces.<br />

When choosing a BUFCA registered installer, customers<br />

can be assured of the highest standards of quality and<br />

service. www.bufca.co.uk.<br />

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

Cladding Solutions<br />

Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and Marketing, Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> Limited<br />

Latest Guidance<br />

Following the completion of<br />

the Ministry of Housing,<br />

Communities and Local<br />

Government (MHCLG) largescale<br />

testing programme last<br />

summer, the Ministry issued a consolidated<br />

guidance note clarifying<br />

which cladding systems could be<br />

considered acceptable for use on<br />

buildings above 18 metres. This<br />

guidance has now been updated,<br />

acknowledging that additional<br />

systems have completed large-scale<br />

BS8414 tests and achieve a BR-135<br />

classification. This may mean that<br />

some buildings no longer require<br />

remedial work or that there are alternative<br />

solutions where re-cladding<br />

is required.<br />

Current Guidance<br />

<strong>The</strong> broad guidance remains that<br />

any wall system containing a PE<br />

cored ACM cladding panel (such as<br />

was on Grenfell Tower), even when<br />

combined with non-combustible<br />

insulation, would not be considered<br />

compliant.<br />

At the other end of the scale, systems<br />

with an A2 rated, solid-cored<br />

ACM, are deemed to have passed<br />

the test, regardless of whether they<br />

are combined with rock fibre, PIR<br />

or phenolic insulation, with the<br />

proviso that different products from<br />

different manufacturers will vary,<br />

which may affect fire performance.<br />

It is those cladding systems with FR<br />

cored ACMs that present the greatest<br />

complexity. <strong>The</strong> Government<br />

tests on these systems yielded a pass<br />

result for rock fibre and a marginal<br />

fail for PIR and phenolic.<br />

<strong>The</strong> most recent advice note for<br />

building owners which was updated<br />

on 28 March <strong>2018</strong> states:<br />

“However, it is important to note that<br />

there are many different variants of<br />

this cladding and insulation and it is<br />

possible that products from different<br />

manufacturers may behave differently<br />

in a fire.”<br />

It should not be assumed therefore,<br />

that FR cored ACMs in combination<br />

with any rock fibre are automatically<br />

compliant. <strong>The</strong> guidance<br />

goes on to note that two cladding<br />

systems using FR cored ACMs and<br />

one brand of phenolic insulation,<br />

have been tested to BS 8414-1 and<br />

have achieved BR 135 classification.<br />

This means that some buildings,<br />

which are insulated with that brand<br />

of phenolic insulation, may not require<br />

remedial work, or may require<br />

less than was originally estimated.<br />

<strong>The</strong> BRE holds a register of all<br />

cladding configurations which have<br />

been successfully tested to BS8414<br />

at: www.bre.co.uk/regulatory-testing.<br />

Remember that BS 8414 results<br />

only apply to the specific design<br />

tested and seek professional advice<br />

and guidance as to whether your<br />

system complies. Note also that<br />

recent tests may not yet be listed on<br />

the BRE website. You can refer to<br />

the manufacturers and/or designer<br />

of your current system to get the<br />

latest information.<br />

This means that<br />

some buildings,<br />

which are insulated<br />

with that brand of<br />

phenolic insulation,<br />

may not require<br />

remedial work, or<br />

may require less<br />

than was<br />

originally<br />

estimated.<br />

Find out More:<br />

www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk<br />

twitter: @KingspanIns_UK<br />

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News Recap<br />

With Sadness: Alan Thomas<br />

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of<br />

Alan Thomas.<br />

KIWA BDA have released<br />

the following statement:<br />

It is with great regret that we share the sad news of the<br />

passing of our colleague Alan Thomas. Alan was a fine<br />

man, committed to his industry that he had worked in<br />

for so many years, and was a delight to work with. A<br />

consummate professional with a gentle and humorous<br />

manner, his<br />

contribution to Kiwa will be<br />

remembered by those of us who had the pleasure to work<br />

with him.<br />

During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his<br />

family and friends.<br />

Labour’s Plans to Save Household’s<br />

Over £1bn a Year on Energy Bills<br />

<strong>The</strong> next Labour government will save 4 million households<br />

at least £270 per year by funding local authorities<br />

to deliver ‘street by street’ home insulation schemes.<br />

Through an investment of £2.3bn per year to provide<br />

financial support for households to insulate their homes,<br />

and for local authorities to drive take up and delivery of<br />

insulation schemes, the next Labour government will<br />

drastically improve energy efficiency, bringing 4 million<br />

homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C<br />

by the end of a<br />

parliamentary term.<br />

Read more at: www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

Kingspan Kooltherm K15 phenolic rainscreen board has been<br />

successfully tested to BS 8414 in combination with FR cored<br />

ACMs. Please contact Kingspan for details of the test reports.<br />

For all the latest insulation news<br />

and insight visit our website:<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

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

MIMA Calls for Urgent Action<br />

from Prime Minister Over Building Safety<br />

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

Official reviews may be underway<br />

and will run their<br />

courses, but ten months on<br />

from the tragedy of Grenfell and the<br />

anniversary looming on 14 June, the<br />

UK remains no closer to a safer system<br />

of fire safety regulation and little<br />

has been done to prevent another fire.<br />

This situation is not one which can<br />

wait for outcomes. <strong>The</strong> Government<br />

must act and act now to protect the<br />

public and especially those most vulnerable<br />

in society. <strong>The</strong> Government<br />

must lead from the front.<br />

Deep-rooted concerns have prompted<br />

an open letter to the Prime Minister,<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa <strong>May</strong> from MIMA with a<br />

group of united leading fire safety<br />

experts and advocates urging the<br />

government to implement three important<br />

regulatory changes with immediate<br />

effect that will significantly<br />

improve fire safety for high-rise and<br />

high-risk buildings, such as schools,<br />

hospitals, care homes, sheltered housing<br />

and residential blocks.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se three common-sense measures<br />

will help protect people’s lives and the<br />

buildings in which they live, work,<br />

learn, and recover. <strong>The</strong> fire safety experts<br />

urge the government to require<br />

immediately that:<br />

• Only non-combustible cladding<br />

and insulation be installed;<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y be fitted with sprinklers;<br />

and,<br />

• All new buildings of these types<br />

have alternative escape routes.<br />

Alongside MIMA, signatories include<br />

prominent architect, television<br />

presenter, lecturer and writer, George<br />

Clarke; European Fire Sprinkler<br />

Network (EFSN); Jane Duncan,<br />

Chair, RIBA Expert Advisory Group<br />

on Fire<br />

Safety and former President of the<br />

RIBA; Mineral Wool Manufacturers<br />

Association (MIMA); Ronnie King<br />

OBE, Honorary Administrative<br />

Secretary and Principal Adviser to the<br />

All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety<br />

& Rescue<br />

Group and former Chief Fire Officer;<br />

British Automatic Fire Sprinkler<br />

Association (BAFSA); Professor<br />

Richard Hull and Professor Anna<br />

Stec from the University of Central<br />

Lancashire; Professor Anne Power<br />

from the London School of Economics;<br />

and Sam Webb, Architect and<br />

RIBA Expert Advisory Group on<br />

Fire Safety member. so thermal resistance<br />

(R-value, units: m2K/W) is a<br />

more accurate measure of a material’s<br />

ability, at a specific thickness, to resist<br />

heat transfer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> signatories acknowledge official<br />

reviews are underway, but these steps<br />

would substantially reduce the risk<br />

still facing many buildings in the UK,<br />

and reassure the many families and<br />

individuals living and working in high<br />

risk buildings across the country.<br />

George Clarke personally supports<br />

this approach and has commented:<br />

Sarah Kostense-Winterton<br />

is Executive Director of<br />

MIMA, the Mineral Wool<br />

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

Association, the industry<br />

trade body for non-combustible,<br />

breathable insulation<br />

which provides an authoritative<br />

source of independent<br />

information and advice<br />

on glass and stone wool<br />

insulation.<br />

MIMA represents four<br />

of the leading insulation<br />

companies in the UK -<br />

Isover Saint-Gobain, Knauf<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong>, ROCKWOOL<br />

and Superglass.<br />

For further details of the<br />

guidance, please visit<br />

MIMA’s website at http://<br />

mima.info/info-centre/<br />

news/ or contact Sarah at<br />

sarah@mima.info<br />

“<strong>The</strong> rules for how we build safe homes,<br />

offices, schools and hospitals have for<br />

many years been far too open to<br />

interpretation. This has led to poor<br />

design decisions that have compromised<br />

fire safety and put lives at risk. What<br />

we are arguing for could be implemented<br />

tomorrow, would be extremely effective<br />

in making buildings safer, and help<br />

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prevent compromised fire safety and put lives at risk. What<br />

we are arguing for could be implemented tomorrow, would be<br />

extremely effective in making buildings safer, and help prevent<br />

a tragedy such as Grenfell ever happening again.”<br />

Professor Richard Hull, Professor of Chemistry and Fire<br />

Science at University of Central Lancashire said: “Grenfell<br />

has left no doubt about the dangers of combustible facades on<br />

tall buildings. <strong>The</strong> recent ABI report shows the problems with<br />

the current testing regime. Until they are resolved, we cannot<br />

endanger more people by allowing combustible materials to be<br />

put on the outside of high rise and high risk buildings.”<br />

Alan Brinson, Executive Director, European Fire Sprinkler<br />

Network said: “Sprinklers are highly effective fire safety<br />

systems. <strong>The</strong>y are not expensive and have been fitted in many<br />

existing buildings. <strong>The</strong> public recognises all this and supports<br />

their wider use. Wales already requires sprinklers in all new<br />

housing and in Scotland there is a proposal to require them in<br />

more buildings. All eyes are now on England.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Local Government Association (LGA) has more<br />

specifically come out in support of using non-combustible<br />

cladding and insulation only saying “<strong>The</strong> LGA strongly<br />

supports the view that only non-combustible materials should<br />

be used in cladding systems on these buildings”.<br />

MIMA has pressed for years in support of using<br />

non-combustible cladding and insulation that can inhibit<br />

the spread of fire and won’t emit any significant amounts<br />

of toxic smoke. Non-combustible materials can help<br />

contain a fire, making the difference between a fire in a<br />

building and a building on fire. <strong>The</strong> Government’s review<br />

and inquiry will run their courses but will take significant<br />

time so there is every reason to make these crucial and<br />

logical changes straightaway to ensure that buildings are<br />

being constructed in a safe manner.<br />

This is not a “do nothing” approach whilst we await the<br />

outcomes of the Hackitt Review. We need very real and<br />

practical action in the short to medium term and<br />

Government must lead this action from the front.<br />

More from MIMA:<br />

For more compelling articles from Sarah Kostense-Winterton why not read the following online now:<br />

• <strong>The</strong> Key to Housing Industry’s Success<br />

• Safety and Quality Priority in <strong>2018</strong><br />

• Ambition for Energy Efficiency<br />

• How the Government can make our Buildings Great Again<br />

This is not a “do<br />

nothing” approach whilst<br />

we await the outcomes of<br />

the Hackitt Review.<br />

We need very real and<br />

practical action in the<br />

short to medium term and<br />

Government must lead<br />

this action from the front.<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />


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

Schooled<br />

We can all reel off topics<br />

we think should have<br />

been taught at school.<br />

Subjects that might have made<br />

finding our way in the world that<br />

little bit easier; that would have<br />

been more relevant to our everyday<br />

lives.<br />

Mortgage interest rates over<br />

quadratic equations, that kind of<br />

thing. Is it time building performance<br />

became one of those subjects?<br />

By Paul Forrester<br />

• What year was the battle of<br />

Hastings?<br />

• Who were the wives of Henry<br />

VIII?<br />

• How long was the reign of<br />

Queen Victoria?<br />

Questions like these might bring you<br />

out in a cold sweat, remembering<br />

school days long since passed, spent<br />

being forced to recite facts you were<br />

happy to forget again.<br />

Educating people of<br />

school age about the<br />

buildings they live,<br />

work and play in would<br />

be a fine addition to any<br />

curriculum. Whether<br />

they go on to work in the<br />

construction industry or<br />

not, they will be<br />

building owners,<br />

occupiers and users.<br />

Or you simply might not care.<br />

Though, ironically, those questions<br />

are such clichéd examples of ‘old<br />

school’ schooling that it’s likely you<br />

could have a good stab at answering<br />

them!<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are clichés for a reason; because<br />

they typify a style of learning that is<br />

how people used to think education<br />

should be done, but which is now<br />

generally considered to be outmoded<br />

and having little relevance to the<br />

modern world.<br />

Down With the Kids<br />

In my write up of ecobuild for April’s<br />

issue of <strong>Insulate</strong>, I mentioned that<br />

school groups seemed more prevalent<br />

in <strong>2018</strong>, and people I spoke to made<br />

a similar remark. It’s good to know<br />

that young adults making decisions<br />

about shaping their lives are being<br />

exposed to the changing face of a<br />

dynamic industry.<br />

In theory.<br />

While I took a breather in the<br />

ExCel’s central atrium, a group of<br />

school pupils occupied the table next<br />

to me and began rifling through their<br />

bags of freebies. One picked out an<br />

insulation sample and threw it on to<br />

the table.<br />

“What’s that?” he said,<br />

somewhat dismissively.<br />

“<strong>Insulation</strong>,” replied a friend.<br />

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

Any chance of further insight into<br />

their attitude towards insulation<br />

was quickly lost to a block of<br />

post-it notes that captured their<br />

attention instead. It was a disappointing<br />

scene.<br />

and play in would be a fine<br />

addition to any curriculum.<br />

Whether they go on to work in<br />

the construction industry or not,<br />

they will be building owners, occupiers<br />

and users.<br />

Back to School<br />

What’s the motivation behind<br />

school visits to a show like ecobuild?<br />

What do teachers want the<br />

pupils to get out of it? Do they<br />

discuss what was exhibited at the<br />

event? ecobuild’s organisers have<br />

already signalled their intent to<br />

change the exhibition’s name to<br />

futurebuild in 2019; these children<br />

are the ‘future’ part of that name.<br />

Educating people of school age<br />

about the buildings they live, work<br />

<strong>The</strong>y stand to inherit the existing<br />

building stock which is responsible<br />

for high levels of energy consumption<br />

and carbon emissions, and<br />

low levels of occupant comfort and<br />

wellbeing.<br />

Should exhibitions, or even<br />

individual exhibitors, make more<br />

effort to engage with schools and<br />

visiting pupils? Or is long term<br />

thinking incompatible with being<br />

there to sell to current customers?<br />

“What’s that?” he said, somewhat dismissively.<br />

“<strong>Insulation</strong>,” replied a friend.<br />

Any chance of further insight into their<br />

attitude towards insulation was quickly lost to a block of postit<br />

notes that captured their attention instead.<br />

More from Paul Forrester:<br />

For more <strong>Insulation</strong> articles from<br />

Paul Forrester why not read the<br />

following online now:<br />

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

• Comparing the Car and<br />

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

• <strong>The</strong> Issue of <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Supply and Demand<br />

• Is Innovation embraced in the<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Industry?<br />

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Sound Advice for<br />

Hearing Protection<br />

<strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> columnist George Elliott, a 3M technical specialist<br />

Within the insulation<br />

industry, workers are<br />

often surrounded<br />

by potentially hazardous noise,<br />

whether on construction sites or in<br />

manufacturing plants.<br />

Without proper protection, this can<br />

cause various ear conditions, including<br />

deafness and tinnitus, as well as<br />

associated health problems such as<br />

insomnia. Many of these conditions<br />

are entirely preventable, but incurable<br />

once they have arisen.<br />

In the UK alone, an estimated<br />

20,000 people suffer from work-related<br />

hearing problems, both new<br />

and<br />

longstanding, according to the<br />

Health and Safety<br />

Executive (HSE)[1].<br />

For these reasons, employers have a<br />

duty to protect their workers from<br />

exposure to hazardous noise. <strong>The</strong><br />

Control of Noise at Work Regulations<br />

2005 require them to eliminate<br />

or reduce such risks.<br />

However, with such a variety of<br />

hearing protection equipment<br />

(HPE) available, it can be difficult<br />

to know which to choose. Furthermore,<br />

hearing protection is about<br />

more than simply picking the right<br />

equipment.<br />

To help employers, as well as<br />

self-employed individuals, 3M has<br />

devised a simple four-step approach<br />

to protecting workers against hazardous<br />

noise, involving detection,<br />

protection, training and validation.<br />

Detection<br />

Before anything else, employers<br />

should carry out a workplace assessment<br />

to determine whether there is<br />

a problem with hazardous noise to<br />

begin with.<br />

As a rule of thumb, if employees<br />

need to raise their voices to speak<br />

with one another, or if the noise is<br />

otherwise intrusive, it is likely that<br />

sound levels are too high.<br />

In areas where this is the case,<br />

accurate noise measurements should<br />

be taken, by either a competent<br />

person in-house or a hired<br />

consultant.<br />

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Protection<br />

<strong>The</strong> assessment results should<br />

inform employers’ decisions about<br />

which control methods to use,<br />

including which HPE to select, if it<br />

is required.<br />

As with any other workplace hazard,<br />

those responsible for maintaining<br />

workers’ safety should also follow<br />

the established hierarchy of controls<br />

when making these decisions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first step in this hierarchy is to<br />

seek to implement ‘control at source’<br />

measures. This can mean using less<br />

noisy equipment or ensuring that<br />

employees carry out their work away<br />

from loud automated machines, for<br />

instance.<br />

In some cases, this may not be practicable.<br />

In others, such measures may<br />

reduce noise levels, but not enough<br />

to eliminate the need for HPE.<br />

Where HPE is needed, there are<br />

two main things to consider regarding<br />

the selection process. First, the<br />

equipment must provide adequate<br />

protection for the noise hazard<br />

being faced. Second, it must be suitable<br />

for the individual wearer, the<br />

environment and the task at hand.<br />

As with the hierarchy of controls,<br />

these requirements apply to all types<br />

of personal protective equipment<br />

(PPE).<br />

When considering HPE’s adequacy,<br />

it may seem intuitive that the higher<br />

the attenuation, the better. However,<br />

this is not necessarily the case. If the<br />

noise attenuation is too high, the<br />

HPE may stop the wearer from being<br />

able to communicate effectively,<br />

or from hearing alarms and warning<br />

sounds.<br />

Suitability is important because it<br />

makes the wearer more likely to use<br />

their HPE properly. For example, if<br />

ear defenders are too tight, workers<br />

may find them uncomfortable,<br />

making it more likely that they will<br />

frequently remove or adjust them.<br />

This can leave them exposed to<br />

potentially hazardous noise.<br />

To help select suitable HPE, employers<br />

should offer a wide range<br />

of products. Employees should also<br />

be heavily involved in the selection<br />

process. This can involve feedback<br />

sessions, questionnaires, focus<br />

groups and similar means.<br />

Training<br />

<strong>The</strong> assessment results should<br />

inform employers’ decisions about<br />

which control methods to use,<br />

including which HPE to select, if it<br />

is required.<br />

As with any other workplace hazard,<br />

those responsible for maintaining<br />

workers’ safety should also follow<br />

the established hierarchy of controls<br />

when making these decisions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first step in this hierarchy is to<br />

seek to implement ‘control at source’<br />

measures. This can mean using less<br />

noisy equipment or ensuring that<br />

employees carry out their work away<br />

from loud automated machines, for<br />

instance.<br />

Validation<br />

<strong>The</strong> final step towards protecting<br />

workers’ hearing is validation. This<br />

means ensuring that the HPE works<br />

as well in practice as it does on<br />

paper.<br />

Although manufacturers provide<br />

data for their products’ attenuation<br />

levels, protection will vary between<br />

users, owing largely to their physical<br />

differences and how they wear the<br />

equipment. For example, those with<br />

wider ear canals may receive less<br />

attenuation than others with narrower<br />

ones. Those who insert their<br />

ear plugs incorrectly may also face<br />

greater exposure to hazardous noise.<br />

Fit testing equipment, such as the<br />

E-A-Rfit Dual-Ear Validation<br />

System by 3M, can quantify the<br />

level of protection achieved by each<br />

worker, accounting for all these factors.<br />

To use it, the individual simply<br />

inserts ear plugs that are wired to a<br />

computer or laptop equipped with<br />

easy-to-use software. After responding<br />

to input sounds, the system gives<br />

accurate results within seconds.<br />

By adopting this simple four-step<br />

method, employers can ensure that<br />

they have covered all bases needed<br />

to protect their workers from potential<br />

noise hazards.<br />

For more information about<br />

hearing conservation, or to ask<br />

questions about any other type of<br />

PPE, call the 3M helpline on 0870<br />

608 0060.<br />

News from <strong>Insulate</strong> Network<br />

Energy Efficiency<br />

Awards Success for<br />

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

At the <strong>2018</strong> East Midlands Energy<br />

Efficiency Awards Rilmac insulation<br />

were announced winners in the category<br />

of insulation & fabric installer /<br />

Contractor of the year.<br />

Presented with the trophy at the<br />

official awards dinner on Wednesday<br />

night, Rilmac <strong>Insulation</strong> were worthy<br />

winners for the professionalism<br />

of their installation and the quality<br />

of their insulation work on projects<br />

throughout the year.<br />

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Just 4% of Private Landlords<br />

aware of new energy efficiency regulations<br />

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

A<br />

recent study from landlord insurance specialist,<br />

Just Landlords, reveals a worrying level<br />

of awareness of the new Minimum Energy<br />

Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into<br />

effect on 1st April <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

NIA Installer members free of charge through the<br />

installer postcode locator tool on its website www.nia-uk.<br />

org to obtain a survey and quotation. By using an NIA<br />

member, landlords will be safe in the knowledge that the<br />

installer meets stringent criteria and has signed up to<br />

the NIA’s Code of Professional Practice providing added<br />

assurance and recourse.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NIA believes it’s vital that<br />

landlords have access to the most<br />

trusted and reliable of local specialists,<br />

and hopes that its online service<br />

will enable landlords to meet<br />

their obligations by making their<br />

properties more energy efficient.<br />

Additionally, when asked what changes they could make<br />

to ensure that their property’s EPC rating is improved,<br />

only just over half (52%) know that enhancing the insulation<br />

of a home could have a large impact.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new regulations in England and Wales now require<br />

private landlord’s with premises that are rated EPC band<br />

F or G to upgrade them to band E by installing insulation<br />

measures before they can renew tenancies or re-let<br />

the properties.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National <strong>Insulation</strong> Association (NIA) is providing<br />

assistance to private landlords to help them meet the new<br />

regulations by providing access to NIA installer members<br />

to carry out work.<br />

According to the latest figures<br />

from the Office for National<br />

Statistics (ONS), last year, 64,092<br />

EPCs were rated a grade F or<br />

G – the two lowest ratings. This<br />

indicates that many rental properties<br />

will require improvements in order to comply with<br />

the new energy efficiency laws.<br />

Landlords need to ensure that they are complying with<br />

the new energy efficiency laws, and understand how it<br />

affects them and their tenants.<br />

Landlords looking for help to<br />

compile with MEES should<br />

contact an NIA member via<br />

www.nia-uk.org<br />

or call 08451 636363<br />

<strong>The</strong> NIA advises that Landlords can contact their local<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Challenges of Surveying<br />

Cavity Wall <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Ben Gardiner MRICS, Director of Egerton Surveying Ltd<br />

Chartered building surveyors working in the residential property sector undertake a range of different<br />

instructions and services for clients. Many chartered building surveyors are now working with clients to<br />

provide technical assistance in relation to retro-fit insulation measures. Few insulation measures polarise<br />

opinion as much as cavity wall insulation (CWI). Many people have benefited from improved insulation within<br />

their cavity walls. Whilst others have suffered greatly from penetrating dampness, condensation and mould. Where<br />

damage has allegedly been caused, surveyors such as myself specialising in this field face a problem that is often<br />

complex to evaluate.<br />

As a member of the Royal Institution<br />

of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), I am<br />

governed by professional and ethical<br />

standards in all work I undertake.<br />

I am duty-bound to undertake all<br />

surveys in an unbiased manner regardless<br />

of how the occupant, claims<br />

company, solicitor etc, may wish<br />

to influence proceedings. Specific<br />

CWI surveys and reports form a<br />

large proportion of the instructions I<br />

personally receive. However, for most<br />

residential surveyors carrying RICS<br />

HomeBuyer Surveys (Level 2 survey)<br />

and Building Surveys (Level 3<br />

survey), it is an area in which they<br />

have limited experience. As a consequence,<br />

it can be difficult for CWI<br />

to be adequately assessed and home<br />

buyers properly advised.<br />

A specific CWI survey involves a<br />

thorough whole-building inspection,<br />

similar to a RICS Building Survey.<br />

For example, it requires a similar<br />

amount of time spent at the property,<br />

an in-depth assessment of the building’s<br />

performance and defects and a<br />

carefully crafted report. <strong>The</strong> difference<br />

is that neither a RICS Building<br />

Survey nor a RICS HomeBuyer<br />

Survey allow for intrusive investigations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ability to drill into a<br />

cavity in multiple locations provides a<br />

surveyor with valuable information as<br />

to the performance of the CWI and<br />

condition of the cavity. That being<br />

said, there is a wealth of information<br />

a residential surveyor can collect by<br />

visual means only. When a surveyor<br />

suspects that the performance of the<br />

CWI may be compromised, the<br />

following points should be<br />

considered:<br />

• Exposure to walls to wind driven rain (British Standard 8104:1992, Approved Document Part C of the Building Regulations)<br />

• Drill pattern<br />

• Size and condition of drill holes<br />

• Cavity trays and weep holes<br />

• Blocked or open air vents<br />

• Location of internal dampness, mould and/or condensation<br />

• Type of insulation (i.e. overspill in meter cupboards, roof voids, wall vents)<br />

• Overall wall thickness<br />

• Location and condition of damp proof course<br />

• Internal temperature and relative humidity<br />

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Also read in this months insulate:<br />

Educating people of school age about<br />

the buildings they live, work and play<br />

in would be a fine addition to any<br />

curriculum.<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 24<br />

This is not a “do nothing” approach<br />

whilst we await the outcomes of the<br />

Hackitt Review. We need very real<br />

and practical action in the short to<br />

medium term<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 22<br />

By going beyond the call of duty to<br />

construct homes which excel in terms of<br />

thermal performance building, regulations<br />

regarding energy-efficiency have<br />

little relevance<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 36<br />

So, even where a surveyor is unable<br />

to view the cavity and identify any<br />

voids, rubble or other issues, a<br />

judgement can be made on the<br />

performance of the CWI. With<br />

reference to technical documents (e.g.<br />

BBA system certificate), the subsequent<br />

report can direct home buyers<br />

with specific advice. Even where the<br />

is the ‘ECO’ stampede. Installers<br />

rushed to fill as many cavity walls,<br />

as quickly as possible with disregard<br />

for the suitability of properties. <strong>The</strong><br />

role of the guarantee agency CIGA<br />

in this and their current approach to<br />

‘CWI claims’ has been discussed at<br />

government level. Indeed, the Cavity<br />

Wall <strong>Insulation</strong> Victims Alliance<br />

internal ‘making good’ works were<br />

carried out. Unfortunately, whilst<br />

there are many good contractors now<br />

carrying out these extractions, there<br />

are also poor examples, including<br />

those by contractors who prospered<br />

filling the cavities in the first place.<br />

CWI may seem to be performing<br />

without any problems, home buyers<br />

will often request guidance on living<br />

with CWI now and in the future.<br />

Where the surveyor suspects that<br />

CWI has been incorrectly installed,<br />

intrusive investigations will then<br />

need to be carried out to establish a<br />

clear cause. It is always surprising as<br />

to what is present within a cavity, or<br />

more likely, what is not there. One<br />

of the main causes of failed CWI in<br />

residential properties in recent years<br />

(CIVALLI) continue to campaign<br />

against poor CWI installations and<br />

support those people affected.<br />

Finally, residential surveyors are now<br />

also being faced with properties that<br />

have now had CWI extracted. A considerable<br />

amount of disruption can<br />

often be found to external walls and<br />

a surveyor will need to make specific<br />

enquiries in relation to the removal<br />

of any CWI. This should include<br />

whether the extraction was independently<br />

verified and what, if any,<br />

Even where the CWI may seem to<br />

be performing without any<br />

problems, home buyers will often<br />

request guidance on living with<br />

CWI now and in the future.<br />

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and a helping hand is always welcome.<br />

That’s why more and more people are coming to the BBA for<br />

off-site certification of their products. For many years now, our<br />

work in the offsite construction sector has brought peace of mind<br />

to hundreds of architects and manufacturers alike.<br />

BBA Agrément Certificates are widely read and respected by<br />

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and we are currently assessing many new systems, adding to the<br />

many already approved including insulated concrete formwork,<br />

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Of course, our main focus is on the requirements of Building<br />

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We also go out on site to see units being offloaded and installed.<br />

That’s because we know that what may seem simple when<br />

explained in a dry office or factory can turn out to be very<br />

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Once we have gathered data from testing, factory inspections<br />

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

Vilvalda Cuts Recycling<br />

Costs By Three Quarters<br />

V<br />

ivalda, the UK’s leading distributor of architectural cladding, has demonstrated the value that recycling can<br />

bring to manufacturers following a year-long pilot scheme at its Hull facility. Having embraced a new environmental<br />

policy in early 2017, the business’s north east operation has reduced its annual waste bills by more<br />

than £10,000 or 75 per cent.<br />

Concerned about the increasing cost<br />

of landfill charges and the volume of<br />

waste it was producing, the business<br />

was keen to explore ways it could<br />

divert its four main waste streams –<br />

plastic, panel board, insulation and<br />

metal – away from landfill.<br />

Liam Pickup is the driving force<br />

behind the initiative, which has<br />

completely changed the way Vivalda’s<br />

Hull site manages its waste. He<br />

explained:<br />

“Until January 2017, we simply threw<br />

all of our plastic wrapping, off-cuts of<br />

cladding and insulation into skips. It<br />

was a huge waste that was costing us<br />

around £1,400 per month in collection<br />

and landfill charges. And those costs were<br />

going to getting bigger, not smaller.”<br />

Having installed a bailing machine,<br />

courtesy of a local equipment<br />

provider, Vivalda Hull now has its<br />

plastic waste collected and recycled<br />

fee of charge. Similarly, off-cuts of<br />

insulation panels are now delivered to<br />

local building firms, who can use it as<br />

additional material for projects. Panel<br />

board off-cuts, which are generally<br />

made from glass reinforced concrete<br />

can be used as a valuable resource.<br />

Finally, Vivalda has installed an<br />

aluminium extraction unit, that turns<br />

waste metal into a valuable commodity<br />

that goes back into the manufacturing<br />

life cycle.”<br />

Commenting on the success of the<br />

pilot, Liam Pickup said:<br />

“We have had a lot of support and<br />

interest from the staff as well as local<br />

companies that are interested in using<br />

the materials that we previously threw<br />

away. In terms of capital cost, the only<br />

kit we’ve needed to acquire is the plastic<br />

bailer and the aluminium extractor.”<br />

Encouraged by the benefits of the<br />

recycling scheme, Vivalda is now<br />

looking to roll out a green policy<br />

across all of its eight UK facilities,<br />

hoping to reach out to local partners<br />

in the same way that has proved so<br />

successful in the North East.<br />

Liam Pickup concluded:<br />

“It’s been amazing what we’ve been<br />

able to achieve with just a little bit of<br />

planning and investment. To really<br />

make recycling work, we’re realised<br />

that it’s about good communication and<br />

educating both staff, suppliers and local<br />

businesses about the potential value that<br />

is hidden within waste materials.”<br />

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Can the New Eco3 Scheme<br />

Deliver on its promises?<br />

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

It seems that barely a week goes by without a consultation coming out of Westminster and this month has been no<br />

different. One of these has been the publication of the Government’s plans for the third round of funding under<br />

the Energy Company Obligation - informally known as ECO3.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ECO scheme initially began in 2013 and since then has delivered around two million energy<br />

efficiency measures. <strong>The</strong> current phase is due to end in September this year with ECO3 taking its<br />

place and running until 2022.<br />

So What’s New? Some of the Key Changes are:<br />

• Socussing entirely on low income and vulnerable households<br />

• Supporting low income vulnerable households not in receipt of means tested benefits<br />

• Focussing on first time central heating installations and removing funding for oil-fuelled systems<br />

• Ensuring that 15% of the delivery measures are to rural areas<br />

• <strong>The</strong> desire to introduce new and innovative energy saving measures<br />

It would be hard to argue against any<br />

of these changes; they are aspirational<br />

in trying to bring people out of fuel<br />

poverty and to provide a more<br />

comfortable and healthier environment<br />

for dwelling occupants.<br />

However, the key to success will be<br />

in taking a holistic approach to the<br />

energy efficiency of each building,<br />

installing more than one measure<br />

where appropriate and being able<br />

to offer installations by competent<br />

tradespeople backed up with<br />

guarantees. This is why the link to<br />

the Each Home Counts initiative is<br />

so important in order to ensure that<br />

precious resources are not wasted on<br />

shoddy installations resulting in poor<br />

performing homes which later need<br />

to be corrected. It is also important<br />

not to lose sight of the consumer in<br />

all of this. Multiple measures could<br />

mean multiple interruptions for<br />

surveys and installations, different<br />

people in and out of their homes<br />

which many may not be comfortable<br />

with. This all needs to be carefully<br />

managed and balanced and ways<br />

sought to minimise disruption whilst<br />

optimising the benefits.<br />

Of course, we need to ensure that<br />

one of the key opportunities isn’t<br />

missed and that is to ensure that the<br />

fabric of the building is as thermally<br />

efficient as it can be before installing<br />

other measures. So proposals, such<br />

as one to ensure insulation measures<br />

are installed when replacing broken<br />

heating systems seem very sensible.<br />

However, it is disappointing to see a<br />

proposed reduction in the number of<br />

solid wall insulation (SWI) installations<br />

of c4,000 per year, purely based<br />

on cost factors. Surely it’s better<br />

to ensure that more homes are well<br />

insulated rather than trading off on<br />

other measures?<br />

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News Recap<br />

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

strengthens marketing<br />

team with new product<br />

manager<br />

Knauf <strong>Insulation</strong> has appointed a new<br />

product manager to lead the<br />

development of its Rock Mineral<br />

Wool range.<br />

Luke Davies joins from architectural<br />

aluminium manufacturer Kawneer and<br />

brings extensive product marketing<br />

experience in sectors including<br />

construction, retail and technology.<br />

But I do wonder if the scheme will become so<br />

bureaucratically difficult to navigate that social<br />

housing providers start to turn their backs on<br />

it because of its complexity and simply do their<br />

because they don’t have the resource to administer<br />

it? That would be a real shame.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many good and credible targets in this<br />

consultation but does the initiative really have the<br />

teeth to deliver all that it promises? Let’s hope so.<br />

You can find the consultation here.<br />

For more information about the <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

Manufacturers<br />

Association please visit:<br />

www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk<br />

Read the full article at : www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

Research links insulation to<br />

natural light levels<br />

A new whitepaper from Kingspan <strong>Insulation</strong> has revealed that<br />

insulation specification can have a significant impact of daylight<br />

levels within a building.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Daylighting White Paper features<br />

research from respected independent<br />

consultants, Peutz BV, assessing differences<br />

in the average daylighting factor<br />

(ADF) of a room when Kingspan<br />

Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board is<br />

used within the external façade compared<br />

with mineral fibre insulation<br />

Read the full article at :<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

More from IMA:<br />

For more compelling articles from Simon<br />

Storer why not read the following online now:<br />

• Climate Change and Our<br />

Carbon Footprint<br />

• Healthier Happier Homes<br />

for Occupants<br />

• Construction Industry Must Improve<br />

and Respond to Challenges<br />

Turnover builds with 50% growth at £27m online<br />

construction materials firm<br />

Construction Materials Online (CMO), the rapidly expanding<br />

online retailer of building materials, has seen record growth,<br />

achieving revenues of £27m in the year to 31 December 2017, an<br />

increase of almost 50% since the previous year (2016: £18m) as<br />

e-commerce continues to win business in the sector from traditional<br />

builders merchants and physical stores.<br />

Read the full article at :<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

For all the latest insulation news and<br />

insight visit our website:<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />


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

Sound Method<br />

of Sustainable Construction<br />

Sustainable, energy-efficient homes aren’t built on a whim, writes Ben Warren, Managing Director at global<br />

building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK. It requires intense planning and immense deliberation over<br />

every aspect of design and decoration to create a property which maximises occupant comfort without leaving<br />

an environmentally-damaging carbon footprint.<br />

It takes a sustainable mind-set to<br />

construct a sustainable home. A<br />

self-builder, for instance, should<br />

begin a project intent on creating a<br />

property that will be theirs to reside<br />

in for the rest of their lives. This<br />

attitude of domestic permanence is<br />

more prevalent in Europe than the<br />

UK. In Austria, where Baumit has<br />

its HQ, the sustainable mentality is<br />

ingrained in the culture – from the<br />

food they eat, to the properties they<br />

build.<br />

Many Austrian restaurants will<br />

not source food outside a 15-mile<br />

radius, whilst builders on average<br />

construct houses to a 0.2 W/m²<br />

U-value, a higher tightness level<br />

than the country’s 0.4 W/m²<br />

U-value regulation for new homes.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir housebuilders’ general view<br />

seems to be: ‘I’ll build my property<br />

with the right materials and employ<br />

the correct methods in order to<br />

minimise energy consumption’.<br />

By going beyond the call of duty<br />

to construct homes which excel<br />

in terms of thermal performance,<br />

building regulations regarding<br />

energy-efficiency have little<br />

relevance to the Austrian<br />

self-builder - they view<br />

sustainability as a matter of course.<br />

Austrain Example<br />

Having discussed the mentality, the<br />

question is: which materials make<br />

for a successful sustainable build? A<br />

timber-frame shell offers an established,<br />

quick and reasonably energy-efficient<br />

solution, but if we are to<br />

pursue the Austrian model and construct<br />

homes which exceed thermal<br />

regulations, alternative technology<br />

is worth considering. Porotherm,<br />

a clay block walling system, is a<br />

popular infrastructure choice in<br />

homes across<br />

Europe. It’s<br />

lightweight in<br />

construction<br />

and extremely<br />

thermally<br />

efficient.<br />

Porotherm<br />

only requires<br />

one course of<br />

bricks, rather<br />

than the two<br />

used in cavity wall construction -<br />

the favoured building method in<br />

about 90% of largescale building<br />

developments in the UK.<br />

A combination of high-spec<br />

external wall insulation and<br />

Porothem can produce a spectacular<br />

thermal envelope. At a development<br />

in Norwich, Baumit’s<br />

OpenSystem - a thermally-superior<br />

EWI solution which uses unique<br />

open-air technology to allow walls<br />

to breathe - was used in conjunction<br />

with Porotherm to achieve Passive<br />

House performance: 0.15 W/m²,<br />

in all 14 homes. <strong>The</strong>rmal efficiency<br />

doesn’t guarantee a home’s<br />

comfort and wellbeing, however.<br />

(EPS) system to clay block walling<br />

may well result in good levels of<br />

airtightness, but limits the<br />

breathability of the system<br />

By going beyond the call of duty to<br />

construct homes which excel in terms of<br />

thermal performance, building<br />

regulations regarding energy-efficiency<br />

have little relevance to the Austrian<br />

self-builder - they view sustainability<br />

as a matter of course.<br />

restricting the thermal comfort of<br />

the property. <strong>The</strong> same can be said<br />

when an acrylic top coat is applied<br />

to an otherwise breathable system.<br />

To prevent such occurrences, the<br />

construction of the wall from the<br />

inside-out needs to be considered.<br />

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Also read in this months insulate:<br />

Educating people of school age about<br />

the buildings they live, work and play<br />

in would be a fine addition to any<br />

curriculum.<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 24<br />

This is not a “do nothing” approach<br />

whilst we await the outcomes of the<br />

Hackitt Review. We need very real<br />

and practical action in the short to<br />

medium term<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 22<br />

Many people have benefited from<br />

improved insulation within their<br />

cavity walls. Whilst others have<br />

suffered greatly from penetrating<br />

dampness, condensation and mould.<br />

Continue Reading:<br />

Page 30<br />

OpenSystem’s perforations and the application of a breathable<br />

topcoat such as Nanapor, a mineralic and highly vapour-permeable<br />

technology found in Baumit paints and renders, offers<br />

free movement of water vapour through the wall and exits<br />

through the whole system.<br />

Good Sense<br />

‘Multi-comfort’ is a phrase currently applied to sustainable<br />

building which suggests sensory aspects such as sound, touch,<br />

light and colour are all important factors in increasing levels<br />

of wellbeing as well as thermal efficiency inside homes. In<br />

terms of paint, colour as well as consistency is important. As<br />

with oil paints, acrylic coverings can contain VOCs which<br />

emit a noxious vapour and strong odour that can lead to headaches<br />

and nausea for a building’s occupants. Baumit produces<br />

a number of mineral-based paint products that are kinder<br />

to the environment and the senses of those living within the<br />

walls to which it is applied.<br />

Embarking on a sustainable build requires a massive investment,<br />

and not just in monetary terms. Every detail, however<br />

small, should be pored over as if it were the most important:<br />

time should not be spared on any aspect of the project.<br />

Among the more lateral questions to consider at a building’s<br />

design stage might be: where does the sun rise and set? This<br />

will determine the amount of thermal gain through glass and<br />

help regulate comfort levels in a conservatory, for example,<br />

which can be unbearably hot in summer if the style or size of<br />

panes is left to chance. It’s a reminder that a home’s yearround<br />

interior comfort not only depends on its resistance to<br />

cold in winter; its ability to deflect heat in summer is just as<br />

important, particularly with climate change’s warming effect<br />

so reflective in current, global temperatures.<br />

Finally, once plans are drawn-up and approved and a programme<br />

of building works has been agreed, there’s only one<br />

thing a sustainable self-builder has in mind - get on with the<br />

job and get it done. Having highlighted the thermal benefits<br />

of Baumit’s OpenSystem when combined with a Porotherm<br />

clay block walling, aside from the comfort and wellbeing it<br />

creates, it’s also a rapid-build alternative to cavity wall construction<br />

methods. With only one course of bricks required<br />

and the EWI in place, work can begin on a building’s interior,<br />

which ultimately leads to reduced on-site working times and<br />

energy consumption. It’s a process that guarantees a project’s<br />

sustainability from beginning to end.<br />

News from <strong>Insulate</strong> Network<br />

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

Receives Innovation Award<br />

Advanced <strong>Insulation</strong> obtained the ‘innovation’ award for the third<br />

time in five years, reaching a milestone of five Queen’s Award. ContraFlame<br />

MS400 for underdeck of an oil platform system was the<br />

system recognised for Advanced <strong>Insulation</strong>’s success.<br />

Read the full article at : www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

For all the latest insulation news and<br />

insight visit our website:<br />

www.insulatenetwork.com<br />

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Next Month...<br />

Women in <strong>Insulation</strong><br />

We get exclusive insight into the <strong>Insulation</strong> industry from Elaine Gardner<br />

at SIP Build, Gemma Harris at Actis, Louise Foody at Kingspan,<br />

Mel Price at IMA, Susanna Tykkä-Vedder at Paroc and more...<br />

Don’t miss the June issue of <strong>Insulate</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>

<strong>The</strong> only independent insulation industry trade magazine<br />

Content Partners<br />

National <strong>Insulation</strong> Association (NIA)<br />

<strong>The</strong> NIA represents the insulation industry in the UK and our members include manufacturers and<br />

installers of a number of insulation solutions for your home or business. Both the NIA and its members are<br />

fully committed to maintaining and raising standards within the insulation industry.<br />

Contact Name: Neil Marshall Email: neil.marshall@nia-uk.org Website: http://www.nia-uk.org/ Social:<br />

@NIALtd<br />

Mineral Wool <strong>Insulation</strong> Manufacturers Association (MIMA)<br />

Established in 1962 (originally as ‘Eurisol’), the Mineral Wool <strong>Insulation</strong> Manufacturers<br />

Association (MIMA) provides an authoritative source of independent information and advice<br />

on glass and stone wool. MIMA actively promotes the benefits of mineral wool insulation and<br />

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

their occupants.<br />

Contact Name: Sarah Kostense-Winterton Email: sarah@mima.info Website: www.mima.info/ Social:<br />

@MIMA_UK<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Manufacturers Association (IMA)<br />

<strong>Insulation</strong> Manufacturers Association (IMA) is the representative body for the PIR and PUR<br />

insulation industry in the UK. Known for 40 years as BRUFMA, IMA will continue to speak out<br />

on behalf of its members and seek to ensure it is the principal point of contact for all audiences<br />

relevant to the sector.<br />

Contact Name: Mel Price Email: mel.price@insulationmanufacturers.org.uk<br />

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