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Schooled in Insulation

Urgent Action on Building Safety

Sound Method of Construction

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It is fitting that the sun begins to show its face again and

growth is back on natures agenda. The growth and

appreciation for this publication is equally as satisfying for

our dedicated team as we bring you issue 18. Special thanks to

the committed companies that are proud of what they do and

continue to support a best practice sharing, industry celebrating

publication for their industry.

With Sadness

Back in December 2016, when we were promoting the launch of

Insulate Magazine, I spoke to Kiwa BDA about the possibility of

working with them and sharing industry related content. My details

were passed to Alan Thomas, a consultant looking to increase

brand awareness for the Kiwa Agrément certification.

Alan and I exchanged many emails discussing the benefits of the

publication and potential routes to market for Kiwa. Alan wrote

three article during the following months that were read extensively

online and no doubt in print. Sadly Alan passed away on

May 3 rd this year and our thoughts are with his family and friends

at this time.

Reflecting on Success - Huw Reese Isover

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Over 100 Attend NIA Event

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Alternative Insulation Materials

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Cladding Solutions 18

Urgent Action Over Building Safety

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Schooled in Insulation 24

Sound Advice for Hearing Protection 27

Landlords and Energy Efficiency Regulations 29

The Challenges of Surveying CWI

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Vilvalda Cuts Recycling Costs by Three Quarters 33

Can the New Eco3 Scheme Deliver on Promises

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Sound Method of Sustainable Construction

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Colin Heath

Managing Editor

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instant insulate

A quick look at what is in store in this months issue of Insulate Magazine.

Head over to page 27 for Landlords and Energy Efficiency

I know that the insulation market is

improving all the time and yes there are

leaders out there and we are one of those.

Read More: Page 6

The association consists of

polyurethane foam installers

operating to high standards, together

with material and equipment

suppliers.

Ecobuild Review: Page 16

Many people have benefited from improved

insulation within their cavity walls. Whilst

others have suffered greatly from penetrating

dampness, condensation and mould.

Read More: Page 30

Educating people of school age about the

buildings they live, work and play in

would be a fine addition to any curriculum.

Whether they go on to work in the

construction industry or not, they will be

building owners, occupiers and users.

Read More: Page 24

This is not a “do nothing” approach whilst we

await the outcomes of the Hackitt Review. We

need very real and practical action in the short

to medium term and Government must lead this

action from the front.

Read More: Page 22

It’s vital that landlords have access to

the most trusted and reliable of local

specialists, and hopes that its online

service will enable landlords to meet

their obligations by making their

properties more energy efficient.

Read More: Page 29

Of course, we need to ensure that one of the key

opportunities isn’t missed and that is to ensure

that the fabric of the building is as thermally

efficient as it can be before installing

other measures.

Read More: Page 34

By going beyond the call of duty to

construct homes which excel in terms of

thermal performance building, regulations

regarding energy-efficiency have

little relevance

Read More: Page 36

For Sound Advice for Hearing Insulation Turn to page 27

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Exclusive interview Huw Rees (Isover) with Colin Heath from Insulate Magazines

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Huw Rees

The Highs and Lows

As he approaches retirement,

Insulate Managing

Editor sat down with Huw

Rees to discuss his career in the

insulation industry and the many

changes that he has seen during

that time.

Huw, thanks for taking the time to

talk to us, could you give me a brief

overview of your career to date?

Well, I started in 1988 working in

sales. Then I was lucky as Andrew

Handley, who was the Sales Director

of British Gypsum, said there

was a vacancy as Regional Sales Director

in London, so I went and had

a chat with them and sure enough,

the opportunity turned into reality.

It was fantastic for me because I

knew a lot of the sub-contractors

in the area. It was a great business

to be with, and the opportunity

to work for British Gypsum was a

blessing, superb and the best time of

my life.

So how long in the Industry

overall?

Coming up to 30 years now. I was

with British Gypsum for about 25

years, and then with Isover.

In that time what do you think the

biggest shift has been in the Industry

that you’ve seen?

I think loyalty. You know in the

past there was a lot of brand loyalty,

then there was a move to low pricing

dominating the market. However

more recently, there’s been a move

towards value added and performance.

Don’t get me wrong, price is

still an issue but so is performance

and quality.

Some of the main contractors, in

order to win projects, are inclined to

opt to use the cheapest material and

not necessarily looking at quality.

However the end consumers and

specifiers in the market are feeding

back up the chain that performance

and quality are more than a luxury,

but rather it’s been demanded and

the norm.

So one of the biggest things that

I’ve seen is the move from loyalty to

price, and now to quality and

performance within system

solutions.

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I suppose the other thing is how innovation has changed

as well in that period of time; we’ve gone from just a

simple wall board to fireline, to duplex insulation and the

move towards integrated systems that work together to

deliver outstanding quality performance.

Another major shift, is the move towards the benefits of

sound insulation. Over the years many houses built suffer

from poor sound insulation, particularly in semi-detached

buildings and apartments.

There are so many different types of insulation to keep

up with the demands of the insulation

market, and it is improving all the

time - and yes there are leaders out

there and we are one of those.

playing Rugby League in Australia. I was flying home

and I told one of the boys to keep a piece of paper for me

from the job advertisements. I phoned up a guy called

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

UK any chance of an interview?” He answered with:

“sorry mate, all the interviews are done and finished.” I

said: “well look, when is the last day of interviews? He

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

To which he said St Ives Cambridge. Having established

that he would have to travel through the Dartford Tunnel

to get home, with about five hours of queues, I suggested

So how would you say the technology

has changed during your time within

your role and within the wider

industry

Well, when I first started we didn’t

have mobile phones we had the phone

box! We’d phone in at the end of the

day to see what was going on, then we

had the ‘brick phone’ and that worked

only in certain areas and then moving

on from there, we had Kalamazoo as a

reporting tool – it was a tick box basically

and then that started evolving.

When I started, we had three calls to

make a day you’d write down what

you had discussed in the car, what

materials the customer was interested

in purchasing and you would just send it in, on a weekly

basis - not every day! The customer wouldn’t necessarily

place an order with you but what they were intending to

order.

Another major shift, is the move towards the benefits of

sound insulation. Over the years many houses built suffer

from poor sound insulation, particularly in semi-detached

buildings and apartments. There are so many different

types of insulation to keep up with the demands of the

insulation market, and it is improving all the time - and

yes there are leaders out there and we are one of those.

In those days the geography was so much smaller; my

first patch was North West London as a Sales Representative.

I got the job actually having come back from

to see him at 4 o’clock, have an interview and see how it

goes. I found out a lot about British Gypsum at the time

and at the end of the interview, he asked if I had anymore

questions to which I said: “When do I start?” And

that was it, that’s how I started. But going back to your

question, it’s gone from those days of having paper and

just writing one or two reports, to now touching a button

with laptops and iPads, and having the sales figures up in

front of you in a nanosecond.

In real time?

Yes real-time. It’s quite incredible how it’s all changed

and who knows what’s going to happen in the next ten

years.

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If you were going to go back and

give advice to your pre-insulation

industry self, what advice would you

give somebody that was coming into

the industry right now

I think first of

all you have to

understand the

business and

understand the

infrastructure -

don’t go around

like a headless

chicken trying

to see every

customer, get

the backroom in

order first of all

and be organised.

Get a firm

structure in place

and then look at

working with the

Regional Sales

Directors to

develop certain

areas, key accounts

and have

a firm strategy

going forward.

Always have an

eye on the horizon,

that’s where

the innovation is,

that’s the future.

For example, look

how the market is now demanding

high performance sound insulation,

which is something that hardly

featured ten years ago!

When I joined the business in

Isover, I did a survey across the

contractors, sub-contractors and

distributors to find out what they

wanted from Isover going forward;

they said value, innovation and clear

communication.

I knew it was important to get the

brand name out there, so I just got

out and saw as many people as I

could and put Isover cards in front

of them saying: “look I’ve moved

over from British Gypsum with

David Travill, to Isover - still the

same business, Saint-Gobain.” I

wanted to remind them that we’re

[Isover] here and if there were any

opportunities that we can capitalise

on. We had some great success with

a number of key distributors who

were able to support us.

And leveraging a whole other skillset

probably, I’d say as well, because obviously

you’ve been in that BG bubble

as being a market leader, obviously

you were going to leverage contacts

because that is what everybody does,

but it’s a different skillset getting

products into store than it is when

you are BG because obviously they’ve

already got that.

Yes that’s right, and the key to us as

Saint-Gobain and Isover, we need

to continue to work closely with

British Gypsum for the specification

of full system solutions.

Would you say that your retirement is

coming too early or too late?

Well, do you know I think it’s

coming at the right time for me.

As I’ve said, I’ve worked for British

Gypsum and Isover for thirty years,

much of that time I’ve been away

from home. I’ve still got a young

family so it’s an opportunity to

spend more time with them. My

wife, Sian had a very good job

working for Michael Heseltine, she

was number three in his business in

market publishing.

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So we decided she should concentrate on doing that

before we started having children.

We bought a house in Swansea 20 years ago, lovely house

looking over the bay and it’s just great for me with this

opportunity knowing that I would be at home seeing the

family being able to run around to netball and football.

Being able to support Sian is important, as she’s a Lecturer

at the University as well now, so she’s been juggling

so much - she was also a netball coach, so it was full on

for her. I’m sure you know, wives and girlfriends seem to

be able to do everything – you just don’t know how they

do it!

So back to the industry, what challenges do you think the

industry has got to overcome right now and to continue to

promote what we do?

I think we spoke about it earlier; the challenges are first

of all producing quality material and being able to offer a

quality service.

I think the other thing is getting the mind-set right with

the customers, so that they fully understand that we

operate in systems and therefore, have robust warranties

in place. We want to make sure our customers are

working with the right systems and materials so we can

support them 100%.

So the final question… You have open dialogue with the

industry now, the wider industry I’m talking about, so

the entire insulation industry across all types, systems etc.,

what would be your closing message as you were leaving

the industry?

Tricky question that Colin!

We need to embrace the philosophy of the right system

solution for the build challenge, rather than a narrow

focus on one product that may only deliver a fraction of

the quality.

I think as an industry, we must remember that it’s not

just about the ‘build spec’ or the margin, it’s about the

end users as well. Insulation isn’t just about keeping

homes and offices quiet and warm, it’s about creating a

home or office space that’s good to live and work in; in

other words we have a chance to add to peoples’ quality

of life.

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I think you have to understand the

business and understand the

infrastructure - don’t go around like

a headless chicken trying to see every

customer, get the backroom in order

first of all and be organised.

Get a firm structure in place and

then look at working with the

Regional Sales Directors to develop

certain areas, key accounts and have

a firm strategy going forward.

Thanks for taking the time once again Huw, we really

appreciate it and wish you all the very best in your

retirement.

Thanks Colin, working for companies like British

Gypsum, Isover, Saint-Gobain - it’s the biggest family

that I have ever been involved with. It’s been fantastic;

if you are prepared to help people, then people will help

you back and from that point of view I would never

have wished to work for anybody else. It’s been just the

best thirty years, the people are so generous, supportive,

fantastic you know…!

Excellent thank you very much

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Over 100 attend NIA

Special Insulation Industry Event

The National Insulation Association (NIA), with

external speakers, recently addressed over 100

industry delegates at its special briefing event

on Thursday 26th April in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The

event provided attendees with comprehensive details

of a number of key developments

that will impact their

businesses over the next year.

After lunch Simon Ayers, Trustmarks CEO gave an

interesting and informative presentation on the new

Each Home Counts Quality Mark that will be specified

for all funded work. Adrian Hull from THS Inspection

The day kicked off with an

opening address from Derek

Horrocks, NIA Chair. He

stated that “important developments

are on the horizon” and

that it was the NIA’s aim to

ensure its members had the

most up to date information

to aid their business planning.

He also said that now is the

time to influence the outcomes

too.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive

of the NIA, followed up

by setting out details of the

NIA’s new strategy and plans

which are focussed on four

key areas; Policies and Funded Schemes; Quality and

Standards; New Markets and Business Development/

Lead Generation.

Richard Mellish and Alice Hunter from the Department

for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

provided an update on the ECO3 consultation and Neil

Marshall then responded by setting out NIA member’s

views on the proposals. Neil urged all members to

respond to the consultation to ensure their views and

opinions are taken into account.

Services and Chair of the Association of Technical

Monitoring Agents rounded off the day by providing

insights into technical monitoring and future

developments that would impact insulation companies.

Specialist events such as these are just one of the many

benefits of becoming a member of the NIA.

Companies wishing to join the NIA should contact the

NIA on 01525383313 or email info@nia-uk.org

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Alternative Insulation Materials

Polyurethane foam for better insulation

By Leonie Onslow, Executive Director, British Urethane Foam Contractors Association

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

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

When used for airtightness or stabilisation under the roof or within the cavity it outperforms most other

materials.

The sprayed or injected foam is not

just an insulant – it can be used for

stabilisation purposes, for instance

to hold tiles in place for a stronger

roof structure or to take the place of

failing cavity wall ties. The material

can often be used when other materials

are simply not suitable. The

material is so versatile that it can

be used in many different situations

from buildings to boats!

The polyurethane foam insulant is a

two-component liquid system which

produces a highly-efficient blanket

of insulation with an exceptional

thermal conductivity figure. Systems

can be applied to various depths and

have K-values in the range of 0.025

to 0.028W/mK.

The trade association for the sprayed

and injected polyurethane foam industry

is the British Urethane Foam

Contractors Association. BUFCA is

a central resource for the application

of polyurethane foam systems. The

association consists of polyurethane

foam installers operating to high

standards, together with material

and equipment suppliers.

Polyurethane foam can be installed

to help meet Building Regulations

as wall insulation, roof insulation,

floor insulation or to fill voids and

other areas providing a seamless,

thermal insulation barrier. Other

jointed systems give rise to a

potentially weak point, leading to

asignificant loss of insulation value.

For wall insulation, injected polyurethane

foam can be used in the

cavity to provide a superior performing

insulant which also helps

to bond the inner and outer leaves

providing strength to the building.

Air leakage through the cavity can

be reduced to zero. Because of the

greater thermal performance and

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Also read in this months insulate:

Educating people of school age about

the buildings they live, work and play

in would be a fine addition to any

curriculum.

Continue Reading:

Page 24

This is not a “do nothing” approach

whilst we await the outcomes of the

Hackitt Review. We need very real

and practical action in the short to

medium term

Continue Reading:

Page 22

By going beyond the call of duty to

construct homes which excel in terms of

thermal performance building,

regulations regarding energy-efficiency

have little relevance

Continue Reading:

Page 36

The trade association for the sprayed

and injected polyurethane foam

industry is the British Urethane Foam

Contractors Association. BUFCA is a

central resource for the application of

polyurethane foam systems.

The association consists of

polyurethane foam installers operating

to high standards, together with

material and equipment suppliers.

the reduced air leakage PU foam outperforms all other

forms of cavity fill.

It is a much less costly alternative to re-roofing and can be

applied to slates, tiles and other various roof coverings. It

permanently cures the problems of nail fatigue and makes

the roof much more resistant to storm or impact damage.

Because it is liquid when it is applied, it seeks and seals any

unwanted air leakage that may occur preventing the ingress

of wind-driven rain, snow and dust and dramatically reducing

heat loss.

The foam also slows the deterioration of tile/slates by frost.

On the underside of the covering frost damage is

eliminated.

On the weather side the frequency of the

freezing/thawing cycle is reduced. Slates

and tiles will be less prone to damage by

impact as the foam distributes the forces.

When choosing a BUFCA registered installer, customers

can be assured of the highest standards of quality and

service. www.bufca.co.uk.

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Cladding Solutions

Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and Marketing, Kingspan Insulation Limited

Latest Guidance

Following the completion of

the Ministry of Housing,

Communities and Local

Government (MHCLG) largescale

testing programme last

summer, the Ministry issued a consolidated

guidance note clarifying

which cladding systems could be

considered acceptable for use on

buildings above 18 metres. This

guidance has now been updated,

acknowledging that additional

systems have completed large-scale

BS8414 tests and achieve a BR-135

classification. This may mean that

some buildings no longer require

remedial work or that there are alternative

solutions where re-cladding

is required.

Current Guidance

The broad guidance remains that

any wall system containing a PE

cored ACM cladding panel (such as

was on Grenfell Tower), even when

combined with non-combustible

insulation, would not be considered

compliant.

At the other end of the scale, systems

with an A2 rated, solid-cored

ACM, are deemed to have passed

the test, regardless of whether they

are combined with rock fibre, PIR

or phenolic insulation, with the

proviso that different products from

different manufacturers will vary,

which may affect fire performance.

It is those cladding systems with FR

cored ACMs that present the greatest

complexity. The Government

tests on these systems yielded a pass

result for rock fibre and a marginal

fail for PIR and phenolic.

The most recent advice note for

building owners which was updated

on 28 March 2018 states:

“However, it is important to note that

there are many different variants of

this cladding and insulation and it is

possible that products from different

manufacturers may behave differently

in a fire.”

It should not be assumed therefore,

that FR cored ACMs in combination

with any rock fibre are automatically

compliant. The guidance

goes on to note that two cladding

systems using FR cored ACMs and

one brand of phenolic insulation,

have been tested to BS 8414-1 and

have achieved BR 135 classification.

This means that some buildings,

which are insulated with that brand

of phenolic insulation, may not require

remedial work, or may require

less than was originally estimated.

The BRE holds a register of all

cladding configurations which have

been successfully tested to BS8414

at: www.bre.co.uk/regulatory-testing.

Remember that BS 8414 results

only apply to the specific design

tested and seek professional advice

and guidance as to whether your

system complies. Note also that

recent tests may not yet be listed on

the BRE website. You can refer to

the manufacturers and/or designer

of your current system to get the

latest information.

This means that

some buildings,

which are insulated

with that brand of

phenolic insulation,

may not require

remedial work, or

may require less

than was

originally

estimated.

Find out More:

www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk

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News Recap

With Sadness: Alan Thomas

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of

Alan Thomas.

KIWA BDA have released

the following statement:

It is with great regret that we share the sad news of the

passing of our colleague Alan Thomas. Alan was a fine

man, committed to his industry that he had worked in

for so many years, and was a delight to work with. A

consummate professional with a gentle and humorous

manner, his

contribution to Kiwa will be

remembered by those of us who had the pleasure to work

with him.

During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his

family and friends.

Labour’s Plans to Save Household’s

Over £1bn a Year on Energy Bills

The next Labour government will save 4 million households

at least £270 per year by funding local authorities

to deliver ‘street by street’ home insulation schemes.

Through an investment of £2.3bn per year to provide

financial support for households to insulate their homes,

and for local authorities to drive take up and delivery of

insulation schemes, the next Labour government will

drastically improve energy efficiency, bringing 4 million

homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C

by the end of a

parliamentary term.

Read more at: www.insulatenetwork.com

Kingspan Kooltherm K15 phenolic rainscreen board has been

successfully tested to BS 8414 in combination with FR cored

ACMs. Please contact Kingspan for details of the test reports.

For all the latest insulation news

and insight visit our website:

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MIMA Calls for Urgent Action

from Prime Minister Over Building Safety

Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA

Official reviews may be underway

and will run their

courses, but ten months on

from the tragedy of Grenfell and the

anniversary looming on 14 June, the

UK remains no closer to a safer system

of fire safety regulation and little

has been done to prevent another fire.

This situation is not one which can

wait for outcomes. The Government

must act and act now to protect the

public and especially those most vulnerable

in society. The Government

must lead from the front.

Deep-rooted concerns have prompted

an open letter to the Prime Minister,

Theresa May from MIMA with a

group of united leading fire safety

experts and advocates urging the

government to implement three important

regulatory changes with immediate

effect that will significantly

improve fire safety for high-rise and

high-risk buildings, such as schools,

hospitals, care homes, sheltered housing

and residential blocks.

These three common-sense measures

will help protect people’s lives and the

buildings in which they live, work,

learn, and recover. The fire safety experts

urge the government to require

immediately that:

• Only non-combustible cladding

and insulation be installed;

They be fitted with sprinklers;

and,

• All new buildings of these types

have alternative escape routes.

Alongside MIMA, signatories include

prominent architect, television

presenter, lecturer and writer, George

Clarke; European Fire Sprinkler

Network (EFSN); Jane Duncan,

Chair, RIBA Expert Advisory Group

on Fire

Safety and former President of the

RIBA; Mineral Wool Manufacturers

Association (MIMA); Ronnie King

OBE, Honorary Administrative

Secretary and Principal Adviser to the

All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety

& Rescue

Group and former Chief Fire Officer;

British Automatic Fire Sprinkler

Association (BAFSA); Professor

Richard Hull and Professor Anna

Stec from the University of Central

Lancashire; Professor Anne Power

from the London School of Economics;

and Sam Webb, Architect and

RIBA Expert Advisory Group on

Fire Safety member. so thermal resistance

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

more accurate measure of a material’s

ability, at a specific thickness, to resist

heat transfer.

The signatories acknowledge official

reviews are underway, but these steps

would substantially reduce the risk

still facing many buildings in the UK,

and reassure the many families and

individuals living and working in high

risk buildings across the country.

George Clarke personally supports

this approach and has commented:

Sarah Kostense-Winterton

is Executive Director of

MIMA, the Mineral Wool

Insulation Manufacturers

Association, the industry

trade body for non-combustible,

breathable insulation

which provides an authoritative

source of independent

information and advice

on glass and stone wool

insulation.

MIMA represents four

of the leading insulation

companies in the UK -

Isover Saint-Gobain, Knauf

Insulation, ROCKWOOL

and Superglass.

For further details of the

guidance, please visit

MIMA’s website at http://

mima.info/info-centre/

news/ or contact Sarah at

sarah@mima.info

The rules for how we build safe homes,

offices, schools and hospitals have for

many years been far too open to

interpretation. This has led to poor

design decisions that have compromised

fire safety and put lives at risk. What

we are arguing for could be implemented

tomorrow, would be extremely effective

in making buildings safer, and help

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prevent compromised fire safety and put lives at risk. What

we are arguing for could be implemented tomorrow, would be

extremely effective in making buildings safer, and help prevent

a tragedy such as Grenfell ever happening again.”

Professor Richard Hull, Professor of Chemistry and Fire

Science at University of Central Lancashire said: “Grenfell

has left no doubt about the dangers of combustible facades on

tall buildings. The recent ABI report shows the problems with

the current testing regime. Until they are resolved, we cannot

endanger more people by allowing combustible materials to be

put on the outside of high rise and high risk buildings.”

Alan Brinson, Executive Director, European Fire Sprinkler

Network said: “Sprinklers are highly effective fire safety

systems. They are not expensive and have been fitted in many

existing buildings. The public recognises all this and supports

their wider use. Wales already requires sprinklers in all new

housing and in Scotland there is a proposal to require them in

more buildings. All eyes are now on England.”

The Local Government Association (LGA) has more

specifically come out in support of using non-combustible

cladding and insulation only saying “The LGA strongly

supports the view that only non-combustible materials should

be used in cladding systems on these buildings”.

MIMA has pressed for years in support of using

non-combustible cladding and insulation that can inhibit

the spread of fire and won’t emit any significant amounts

of toxic smoke. Non-combustible materials can help

contain a fire, making the difference between a fire in a

building and a building on fire. The Government’s review

and inquiry will run their courses but will take significant

time so there is every reason to make these crucial and

logical changes straightaway to ensure that buildings are

being constructed in a safe manner.

This is not a “do nothing” approach whilst we await the

outcomes of the Hackitt Review. We need very real and

practical action in the short to medium term and

Government must lead this action from the front.

More from MIMA:

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

The Key to Housing Industry’s Success

• Safety and Quality Priority in 2018

• Ambition for Energy Efficiency

• How the Government can make our Buildings Great Again

This is not a “do

nothing” approach whilst

we await the outcomes of

the Hackitt Review.

We need very real and

practical action in the

short to medium term and

Government must lead

this action from the front.

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Exclusive Insulate Column

Schooled

We can all reel off topics

we think should have

been taught at school.

Subjects that might have made

finding our way in the world that

little bit easier; that would have

been more relevant to our everyday

lives.

Mortgage interest rates over

quadratic equations, that kind of

thing. Is it time building performance

became one of those subjects?

By Paul Forrester

• What year was the battle of

Hastings?

• Who were the wives of Henry

VIII?

• How long was the reign of

Queen Victoria?

Questions like these might bring you

out in a cold sweat, remembering

school days long since passed, spent

being forced to recite facts you were

happy to forget again.

Educating people of

school age about the

buildings they live,

work and play in would

be a fine addition to any

curriculum. Whether

they go on to work in the

construction industry or

not, they will be

building owners,

occupiers and users.

Or you simply might not care.

Though, ironically, those questions

are such clichéd examples of ‘old

school’ schooling that it’s likely you

could have a good stab at answering

them!

They are clichés for a reason; because

they typify a style of learning that is

how people used to think education

should be done, but which is now

generally considered to be outmoded

and having little relevance to the

modern world.

Down With the Kids

In my write up of ecobuild for April’s

issue of Insulate, I mentioned that

school groups seemed more prevalent

in 2018, and people I spoke to made

a similar remark. It’s good to know

that young adults making decisions

about shaping their lives are being

exposed to the changing face of a

dynamic industry.

In theory.

While I took a breather in the

ExCel’s central atrium, a group of

school pupils occupied the table next

to me and began rifling through their

bags of freebies. One picked out an

insulation sample and threw it on to

the table.

“What’s that?” he said,

somewhat dismissively.

Insulation,” replied a friend.

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Any chance of further insight into

their attitude towards insulation

was quickly lost to a block of

post-it notes that captured their

attention instead. It was a disappointing

scene.

and play in would be a fine

addition to any curriculum.

Whether they go on to work in

the construction industry or not,

they will be building owners, occupiers

and users.

Back to School

What’s the motivation behind

school visits to a show like ecobuild?

What do teachers want the

pupils to get out of it? Do they

discuss what was exhibited at the

event? ecobuild’s organisers have

already signalled their intent to

change the exhibition’s name to

futurebuild in 2019; these children

are the ‘future’ part of that name.

Educating people of school age

about the buildings they live, work

They stand to inherit the existing

building stock which is responsible

for high levels of energy consumption

and carbon emissions, and

low levels of occupant comfort and

wellbeing.

Should exhibitions, or even

individual exhibitors, make more

effort to engage with schools and

visiting pupils? Or is long term

thinking incompatible with being

there to sell to current customers?

“What’s that?” he said, somewhat dismissively.

Insulation,” replied a friend.

Any chance of further insight into their

attitude towards insulation was quickly lost to a block of postit

notes that captured their attention instead.

More from Paul Forrester:

For more Insulation articles from

Paul Forrester why not read the

following online now:

• Stranger Uses of Insulation

• Comparing the Car and

Insulation Industry

The Issue of Insulation

Supply and Demand

• Is Innovation embraced in the

Insulation Industry?

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Insulate Columnist

Sound Advice for

Hearing Protection

Insulate Magazine columnist George Elliott, a 3M technical specialist

Within the insulation

industry, workers are

often surrounded

by potentially hazardous noise,

whether on construction sites or in

manufacturing plants.

Without proper protection, this can

cause various ear conditions, including

deafness and tinnitus, as well as

associated health problems such as

insomnia. Many of these conditions

are entirely preventable, but incurable

once they have arisen.

In the UK alone, an estimated

20,000 people suffer from work-related

hearing problems, both new

and

longstanding, according to the

Health and Safety

Executive (HSE)[1].

For these reasons, employers have a

duty to protect their workers from

exposure to hazardous noise. The

Control of Noise at Work Regulations

2005 require them to eliminate

or reduce such risks.

However, with such a variety of

hearing protection equipment

(HPE) available, it can be difficult

to know which to choose. Furthermore,

hearing protection is about

more than simply picking the right

equipment.

To help employers, as well as

self-employed individuals, 3M has

devised a simple four-step approach

to protecting workers against hazardous

noise, involving detection,

protection, training and validation.

Detection

Before anything else, employers

should carry out a workplace assessment

to determine whether there is

a problem with hazardous noise to

begin with.

As a rule of thumb, if employees

need to raise their voices to speak

with one another, or if the noise is

otherwise intrusive, it is likely that

sound levels are too high.

In areas where this is the case,

accurate noise measurements should

be taken, by either a competent

person in-house or a hired

consultant.

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Protection

The assessment results should

inform employers’ decisions about

which control methods to use,

including which HPE to select, if it

is required.

As with any other workplace hazard,

those responsible for maintaining

workers’ safety should also follow

the established hierarchy of controls

when making these decisions.

The first step in this hierarchy is to

seek to implement ‘control at source’

measures. This can mean using less

noisy equipment or ensuring that

employees carry out their work away

from loud automated machines, for

instance.

In some cases, this may not be practicable.

In others, such measures may

reduce noise levels, but not enough

to eliminate the need for HPE.

Where HPE is needed, there are

two main things to consider regarding

the selection process. First, the

equipment must provide adequate

protection for the noise hazard

being faced. Second, it must be suitable

for the individual wearer, the

environment and the task at hand.

As with the hierarchy of controls,

these requirements apply to all types

of personal protective equipment

(PPE).

When considering HPE’s adequacy,

it may seem intuitive that the higher

the attenuation, the better. However,

this is not necessarily the case. If the

noise attenuation is too high, the

HPE may stop the wearer from being

able to communicate effectively,

or from hearing alarms and warning

sounds.

Suitability is important because it

makes the wearer more likely to use

their HPE properly. For example, if

ear defenders are too tight, workers

may find them uncomfortable,

making it more likely that they will

frequently remove or adjust them.

This can leave them exposed to

potentially hazardous noise.

To help select suitable HPE, employers

should offer a wide range

of products. Employees should also

be heavily involved in the selection

process. This can involve feedback

sessions, questionnaires, focus

groups and similar means.

Training

The assessment results should

inform employers’ decisions about

which control methods to use,

including which HPE to select, if it

is required.

As with any other workplace hazard,

those responsible for maintaining

workers’ safety should also follow

the established hierarchy of controls

when making these decisions.

The first step in this hierarchy is to

seek to implement ‘control at source’

measures. This can mean using less

noisy equipment or ensuring that

employees carry out their work away

from loud automated machines, for

instance.

Validation

The final step towards protecting

workers’ hearing is validation. This

means ensuring that the HPE works

as well in practice as it does on

paper.

Although manufacturers provide

data for their products’ attenuation

levels, protection will vary between

users, owing largely to their physical

differences and how they wear the

equipment. For example, those with

wider ear canals may receive less

attenuation than others with narrower

ones. Those who insert their

ear plugs incorrectly may also face

greater exposure to hazardous noise.

Fit testing equipment, such as the

E-A-Rfit Dual-Ear Validation

System by 3M, can quantify the

level of protection achieved by each

worker, accounting for all these factors.

To use it, the individual simply

inserts ear plugs that are wired to a

computer or laptop equipped with

easy-to-use software. After responding

to input sounds, the system gives

accurate results within seconds.

By adopting this simple four-step

method, employers can ensure that

they have covered all bases needed

to protect their workers from potential

noise hazards.

For more information about

hearing conservation, or to ask

questions about any other type of

PPE, call the 3M helpline on 0870

608 0060.

News from Insulate Network

Energy Efficiency

Awards Success for

Rilmac Insulation

At the 2018 East Midlands Energy

Efficiency Awards Rilmac insulation

were announced winners in the category

of insulation & fabric installer /

Contractor of the year.

Presented with the trophy at the

official awards dinner on Wednesday

night, Rilmac Insulation were worthy

winners for the professionalism

of their installation and the quality

of their insulation work on projects

throughout the year.

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Insulate Columnist

Just 4% of Private Landlords

aware of new energy efficiency regulations

Insulate Magazine columnist Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association

A

recent study from landlord insurance specialist,

Just Landlords, reveals a worrying level

of awareness of the new Minimum Energy

Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into

effect on 1st April 2018.

NIA Installer members free of charge through the

installer postcode locator tool on its website www.nia-uk.

org to obtain a survey and quotation. By using an NIA

member, landlords will be safe in the knowledge that the

installer meets stringent criteria and has signed up to

the NIA’s Code of Professional Practice providing added

assurance and recourse.

The NIA believes it’s vital that

landlords have access to the most

trusted and reliable of local specialists,

and hopes that its online service

will enable landlords to meet

their obligations by making their

properties more energy efficient.

Additionally, when asked what changes they could make

to ensure that their property’s EPC rating is improved,

only just over half (52%) know that enhancing the insulation

of a home could have a large impact.

The new regulations in England and Wales now require

private landlord’s with premises that are rated EPC band

F or G to upgrade them to band E by installing insulation

measures before they can renew tenancies or re-let

the properties.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is providing

assistance to private landlords to help them meet the new

regulations by providing access to NIA installer members

to carry out work.

According to the latest figures

from the Office for National

Statistics (ONS), last year, 64,092

EPCs were rated a grade F or

G – the two lowest ratings. This

indicates that many rental properties

will require improvements in order to comply with

the new energy efficiency laws.

Landlords need to ensure that they are complying with

the new energy efficiency laws, and understand how it

affects them and their tenants.

Landlords looking for help to

compile with MEES should

contact an NIA member via

www.nia-uk.org

or call 08451 636363

The NIA advises that Landlords can contact their local

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The Challenges of Surveying

Cavity Wall Insulation

Ben Gardiner MRICS, Director of Egerton Surveying Ltd

Chartered building surveyors working in the residential property sector undertake a range of different

instructions and services for clients. Many chartered building surveyors are now working with clients to

provide technical assistance in relation to retro-fit insulation measures. Few insulation measures polarise

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

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

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

complex to evaluate.

As a member of the Royal Institution

of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), I am

governed by professional and ethical

standards in all work I undertake.

I am duty-bound to undertake all

surveys in an unbiased manner regardless

of how the occupant, claims

company, solicitor etc, may wish

to influence proceedings. Specific

CWI surveys and reports form a

large proportion of the instructions I

personally receive. However, for most

residential surveyors carrying RICS

HomeBuyer Surveys (Level 2 survey)

and Building Surveys (Level 3

survey), it is an area in which they

have limited experience. As a consequence,

it can be difficult for CWI

to be adequately assessed and home

buyers properly advised.

A specific CWI survey involves a

thorough whole-building inspection,

similar to a RICS Building Survey.

For example, it requires a similar

amount of time spent at the property,

an in-depth assessment of the building’s

performance and defects and a

carefully crafted report. The difference

is that neither a RICS Building

Survey nor a RICS HomeBuyer

Survey allow for intrusive investigations.

The ability to drill into a

cavity in multiple locations provides a

surveyor with valuable information as

to the performance of the CWI and

condition of the cavity. That being

said, there is a wealth of information

a residential surveyor can collect by

visual means only. When a surveyor

suspects that the performance of the

CWI may be compromised, the

following points should be

considered:

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

• Drill pattern

• Size and condition of drill holes

• Cavity trays and weep holes

• Blocked or open air vents

• Location of internal dampness, mould and/or condensation

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

• Overall wall thickness

• Location and condition of damp proof course

• Internal temperature and relative humidity

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Also read in this months insulate:

Educating people of school age about

the buildings they live, work and play

in would be a fine addition to any

curriculum.

Continue Reading:

Page 24

This is not a “do nothing” approach

whilst we await the outcomes of the

Hackitt Review. We need very real

and practical action in the short to

medium term

Continue Reading:

Page 22

By going beyond the call of duty to

construct homes which excel in terms of

thermal performance building, regulations

regarding energy-efficiency have

little relevance

Continue Reading:

Page 36

So, even where a surveyor is unable

to view the cavity and identify any

voids, rubble or other issues, a

judgement can be made on the

performance of the CWI. With

reference to technical documents (e.g.

BBA system certificate), the subsequent

report can direct home buyers

with specific advice. Even where the

is the ‘ECO’ stampede. Installers

rushed to fill as many cavity walls,

as quickly as possible with disregard

for the suitability of properties. The

role of the guarantee agency CIGA

in this and their current approach to

‘CWI claims’ has been discussed at

government level. Indeed, the Cavity

Wall Insulation Victims Alliance

internal ‘making good’ works were

carried out. Unfortunately, whilst

there are many good contractors now

carrying out these extractions, there

are also poor examples, including

those by contractors who prospered

filling the cavities in the first place.

CWI may seem to be performing

without any problems, home buyers

will often request guidance on living

with CWI now and in the future.

Where the surveyor suspects that

CWI has been incorrectly installed,

intrusive investigations will then

need to be carried out to establish a

clear cause. It is always surprising as

to what is present within a cavity, or

more likely, what is not there. One

of the main causes of failed CWI in

residential properties in recent years

(CIVALLI) continue to campaign

against poor CWI installations and

support those people affected.

Finally, residential surveyors are now

also being faced with properties that

have now had CWI extracted. A considerable

amount of disruption can

often be found to external walls and

a surveyor will need to make specific

enquiries in relation to the removal

of any CWI. This should include

whether the extraction was independently

verified and what, if any,

Even where the CWI may seem to

be performing without any

problems, home buyers will often

request guidance on living with

CWI now and in the future.

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sore eyes

Looking at the advantages of BBA Certification

As you well know, major construction work on building sites

involves a huge amount of product and materials checking, not

least to make sure everything meets the exacting requirements

of building regulations. This can be stressful at the best of times

and a helping hand is always welcome.

That’s why more and more people are coming to the BBA for

off-site certification of their products. For many years now, our

work in the offsite construction sector has brought peace of mind

to hundreds of architects and manufacturers alike.

BBA Agrément Certificates are widely read and respected by

industry decision-makers who want to select innovative products

that have been thoroughly assessed by the BBA. Our assessors

have decades of experience in evaluating Offsite Construction,

and we are currently assessing many new systems, adding to the

many already approved including insulated concrete formwork,

SIPs and framed systems.

Of course, our main focus is on the requirements of Building

Regulations — not just in England and Wales, but also in Scotland

and Northern Ireland. But we go much further than that. We

want to ensure that a system is not only waterproof, warm and

structurally sound; it has to be durable, too. No-one wants to buy

a system with a short life expectancy, so we seek to ensure that it

will last for an appropriate period of time.

Neither are our assessments simply desk exercises. As well as

testing, we go out to the factory to check system documentation

and control, making sure that the specification we approve is

capable of being produced consistently.

We also go out on site to see units being offloaded and installed.

That’s because we know that what may seem simple when

explained in a dry office or factory can turn out to be very

different on a building site.

Once we have gathered data from testing, factory inspections

and site surveillance, we consider how we can use it to establish

that the requirements of Building Regulations and other statutory

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Vilvalda Cuts Recycling

Costs By Three Quarters

V

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

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

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

than £10,000 or 75 per cent.

Concerned about the increasing cost

of landfill charges and the volume of

waste it was producing, the business

was keen to explore ways it could

divert its four main waste streams –

plastic, panel board, insulation and

metal – away from landfill.

Liam Pickup is the driving force

behind the initiative, which has

completely changed the way Vivalda’s

Hull site manages its waste. He

explained:

“Until January 2017, we simply threw

all of our plastic wrapping, off-cuts of

cladding and insulation into skips. It

was a huge waste that was costing us

around £1,400 per month in collection

and landfill charges. And those costs were

going to getting bigger, not smaller.”

Having installed a bailing machine,

courtesy of a local equipment

provider, Vivalda Hull now has its

plastic waste collected and recycled

fee of charge. Similarly, off-cuts of

insulation panels are now delivered to

local building firms, who can use it as

additional material for projects. Panel

board off-cuts, which are generally

made from glass reinforced concrete

can be used as a valuable resource.

Finally, Vivalda has installed an

aluminium extraction unit, that turns

waste metal into a valuable commodity

that goes back into the manufacturing

life cycle.”

Commenting on the success of the

pilot, Liam Pickup said:

“We have had a lot of support and

interest from the staff as well as local

companies that are interested in using

the materials that we previously threw

away. In terms of capital cost, the only

kit we’ve needed to acquire is the plastic

bailer and the aluminium extractor.”

Encouraged by the benefits of the

recycling scheme, Vivalda is now

looking to roll out a green policy

across all of its eight UK facilities,

hoping to reach out to local partners

in the same way that has proved so

successful in the North East.

Liam Pickup concluded:

“It’s been amazing what we’ve been

able to achieve with just a little bit of

planning and investment. To really

make recycling work, we’re realised

that it’s about good communication and

educating both staff, suppliers and local

businesses about the potential value that

is hidden within waste materials.”

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Can the New Eco3 Scheme

Deliver on its promises?

Simon Storer, Chief Executive of Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA)

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

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

the Energy Company Obligation - informally known as ECO3.

The ECO scheme initially began in 2013 and since then has delivered around two million energy

efficiency measures. The current phase is due to end in September this year with ECO3 taking its

place and running until 2022.

So What’s New? Some of the Key Changes are:

• Socussing entirely on low income and vulnerable households

• Supporting low income vulnerable households not in receipt of means tested benefits

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

• Ensuring that 15% of the delivery measures are to rural areas

The desire to introduce new and innovative energy saving measures

It would be hard to argue against any

of these changes; they are aspirational

in trying to bring people out of fuel

poverty and to provide a more

comfortable and healthier environment

for dwelling occupants.

However, the key to success will be

in taking a holistic approach to the

energy efficiency of each building,

installing more than one measure

where appropriate and being able

to offer installations by competent

tradespeople backed up with

guarantees. This is why the link to

the Each Home Counts initiative is

so important in order to ensure that

precious resources are not wasted on

shoddy installations resulting in poor

performing homes which later need

to be corrected. It is also important

not to lose sight of the consumer in

all of this. Multiple measures could

mean multiple interruptions for

surveys and installations, different

people in and out of their homes

which many may not be comfortable

with. This all needs to be carefully

managed and balanced and ways

sought to minimise disruption whilst

optimising the benefits.

Of course, we need to ensure that

one of the key opportunities isn’t

missed and that is to ensure that the

fabric of the building is as thermally

efficient as it can be before installing

other measures. So proposals, such

as one to ensure insulation measures

are installed when replacing broken

heating systems seem very sensible.

However, it is disappointing to see a

proposed reduction in the number of

solid wall insulation (SWI) installations

of c4,000 per year, purely based

on cost factors. Surely it’s better

to ensure that more homes are well

insulated rather than trading off on

other measures?

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News Recap

KNAUF Insulation

strengthens marketing

team with new product

manager

Knauf Insulation has appointed a new

product manager to lead the

development of its Rock Mineral

Wool range.

Luke Davies joins from architectural

aluminium manufacturer Kawneer and

brings extensive product marketing

experience in sectors including

construction, retail and technology.

But I do wonder if the scheme will become so

bureaucratically difficult to navigate that social

housing providers start to turn their backs on

it because of its complexity and simply do their

because they don’t have the resource to administer

it? That would be a real shame.

There are many good and credible targets in this

consultation but does the initiative really have the

teeth to deliver all that it promises? Let’s hope so.

You can find the consultation here.

For more information about the Insulation

Manufacturers

Association please visit:

www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk

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Research links insulation to

natural light levels

A new whitepaper from Kingspan Insulation has revealed that

insulation specification can have a significant impact of daylight

levels within a building.

The Daylighting White Paper features

research from respected independent

consultants, Peutz BV, assessing differences

in the average daylighting factor

(ADF) of a room when Kingspan

Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board is

used within the external façade compared

with mineral fibre insulation

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More from IMA:

For more compelling articles from Simon

Storer why not read the following online now:

• Climate Change and Our

Carbon Footprint

• Healthier Happier Homes

for Occupants

• Construction Industry Must Improve

and Respond to Challenges

Turnover builds with 50% growth at £27m online

construction materials firm

Construction Materials Online (CMO), the rapidly expanding

online retailer of building materials, has seen record growth,

achieving revenues of £27m in the year to 31 December 2017, an

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

e-commerce continues to win business in the sector from traditional

builders merchants and physical stores.

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Sound Method

of Sustainable Construction

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

building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK. It requires intense planning and immense deliberation over

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

an environmentally-damaging carbon footprint.

It takes a sustainable mind-set to

construct a sustainable home. A

self-builder, for instance, should

begin a project intent on creating a

property that will be theirs to reside

in for the rest of their lives. This

attitude of domestic permanence is

more prevalent in Europe than the

UK. In Austria, where Baumit has

its HQ, the sustainable mentality is

ingrained in the culture – from the

food they eat, to the properties they

build.

Many Austrian restaurants will

not source food outside a 15-mile

radius, whilst builders on average

construct houses to a 0.2 W/m²

U-value, a higher tightness level

than the country’s 0.4 W/m²

U-value regulation for new homes.

Their housebuilders’ general view

seems to be: ‘I’ll build my property

with the right materials and employ

the correct methods in order to

minimise energy consumption’.

By going beyond the call of duty

to construct homes which excel

in terms of thermal performance,

building regulations regarding

energy-efficiency have little

relevance to the Austrian

self-builder - they view

sustainability as a matter of course.

Austrain Example

Having discussed the mentality, the

question is: which materials make

for a successful sustainable build? A

timber-frame shell offers an established,

quick and reasonably energy-efficient

solution, but if we are to

pursue the Austrian model and construct

homes which exceed thermal

regulations, alternative technology

is worth considering. Porotherm,

a clay block walling system, is a

popular infrastructure choice in

homes across

Europe. It’s

lightweight in

construction

and extremely

thermally

efficient.

Porotherm

only requires

one course of

bricks, rather

than the two

used in cavity wall construction -

the favoured building method in

about 90% of largescale building

developments in the UK.

A combination of high-spec

external wall insulation and

Porothem can produce a spectacular

thermal envelope. At a development

in Norwich, Baumit’s

OpenSystem - a thermally-superior

EWI solution which uses unique

open-air technology to allow walls

to breathe - was used in conjunction

with Porotherm to achieve Passive

House performance: 0.15 W/m²,

in all 14 homes. Thermal efficiency

doesn’t guarantee a home’s

comfort and wellbeing, however.

(EPS) system to clay block walling

may well result in good levels of

airtightness, but limits the

breathability of the system

By going beyond the call of duty to

construct homes which excel in terms of

thermal performance, building

regulations regarding energy-efficiency

have little relevance to the Austrian

self-builder - they view sustainability

as a matter of course.

restricting the thermal comfort of

the property. The same can be said

when an acrylic top coat is applied

to an otherwise breathable system.

To prevent such occurrences, the

construction of the wall from the

inside-out needs to be considered.

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Also read in this months insulate:

Educating people of school age about

the buildings they live, work and play

in would be a fine addition to any

curriculum.

Continue Reading:

Page 24

This is not a “do nothing” approach

whilst we await the outcomes of the

Hackitt Review. We need very real

and practical action in the short to

medium term

Continue Reading:

Page 22

Many people have benefited from

improved insulation within their

cavity walls. Whilst others have

suffered greatly from penetrating

dampness, condensation and mould.

Continue Reading:

Page 30

OpenSystem’s perforations and the application of a breathable

topcoat such as Nanapor, a mineralic and highly vapour-permeable

technology found in Baumit paints and renders, offers

free movement of water vapour through the wall and exits

through the whole system.

Good Sense

‘Multi-comfort’ is a phrase currently applied to sustainable

building which suggests sensory aspects such as sound, touch,

light and colour are all important factors in increasing levels

of wellbeing as well as thermal efficiency inside homes. In

terms of paint, colour as well as consistency is important. As

with oil paints, acrylic coverings can contain VOCs which

emit a noxious vapour and strong odour that can lead to headaches

and nausea for a building’s occupants. Baumit produces

a number of mineral-based paint products that are kinder

to the environment and the senses of those living within the

walls to which it is applied.

Embarking on a sustainable build requires a massive investment,

and not just in monetary terms. Every detail, however

small, should be pored over as if it were the most important:

time should not be spared on any aspect of the project.

Among the more lateral questions to consider at a building’s

design stage might be: where does the sun rise and set? This

will determine the amount of thermal gain through glass and

help regulate comfort levels in a conservatory, for example,

which can be unbearably hot in summer if the style or size of

panes is left to chance. It’s a reminder that a home’s yearround

interior comfort not only depends on its resistance to

cold in winter; its ability to deflect heat in summer is just as

important, particularly with climate change’s warming effect

so reflective in current, global temperatures.

Finally, once plans are drawn-up and approved and a programme

of building works has been agreed, there’s only one

thing a sustainable self-builder has in mind - get on with the

job and get it done. Having highlighted the thermal benefits

of Baumit’s OpenSystem when combined with a Porotherm

clay block walling, aside from the comfort and wellbeing it

creates, it’s also a rapid-build alternative to cavity wall construction

methods. With only one course of bricks required

and the EWI in place, work can begin on a building’s interior,

which ultimately leads to reduced on-site working times and

energy consumption. It’s a process that guarantees a project’s

sustainability from beginning to end.

News from Insulate Network

Advanced Insulation

Receives Innovation Award

Advanced Insulation obtained the ‘innovation’ award for the third

time in five years, reaching a milestone of five Queen’s Award. ContraFlame

MS400 for underdeck of an oil platform system was the

system recognised for Advanced Insulation’s success.

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