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Lime Street Wall Cavity Wall Insulation, Dublin South Docklands

Lime Street Wall Cavity Wall Insulation, Dublin South Docklands

This development located in the popular Dublin docklands features 216 one and two bedroom apartments over six floors. Designed in a u-shape block with central courtyard and internal atrium where the FIRETITE was installed. FIRETITE was installed along the main masonry wall between the basement and ground floor. The cavity

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Western Thermal Delivers Insulation Work

Insulation work is to be delivered on a renovation project at Coventry University by Western Thermal Limited. The former BT building in Mile Lane is being refurbished into a new cutting-edge learning hub for its students and faculty. The learning hub will make room for up to 3,000 students and faculties, with features

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EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION BY SAINT-GOBAIN WEBER IS TALK OF THE TOWN IN STEVENAGE

High performance webertherm XM External Wall Insulation (EWI) by Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified for the showcase Skyline regeneration scheme in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  This landmark building, once occupied by HM Land Registry and known as Brickdale House, has been carefully re-designed and converted by Chase New Homes, of Waltham Abbey,

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Eco-friendly upgrades to make to your property

Whether you’re selling your home or just want to make some positive life changes, improving the eco-friendliness is a great way to increase your property value, reduce your costs and reduce your impact on the environment. Insulation By insulating your loft with recyclable materials you can better heat your home

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Lime Street Wall Cavity Wall Insulation, Dublin South Docklands

Lime Street Wall Cavity Wall Insulation, Dublin South Docklands

This development located in the popular Dublin docklands features 216 one and two bedroom apartments over six floors. Designed in a u-shape block with central courtyard and internal atrium where the FIRETITE was installed. FIRETITE was installed along the main masonry wall between the basement and ground floor. The cavity varied in thickness between 50 to 70mm, making it ideal for the installation of our innovative FIRETITE cavity wall insulation. FIRETITE is the world’s first three-component mineral based insulation developed by BASF. It is fire classification of A2-s1, d0, a thermal conductivity of 0.034W/mK, contains no harmful pollutants, has no internal propellants and has achieved the best EMICODE emissions classification of EC1 plus. FIRETITE was installed at this development by our registered contractor, Adrian McGirr and his team from Fior Insulation & Fire Protection. Fior are experienced passive fire protection specialists and are involved with FIRETITE because they recognised the benefits and potential for this unique product. “It’s exciting to be involved with FIRETITE as a new innovative solution for fire rated cavity wall insulation. This product can help rectify many of the cavity wall fire challenges we have faced over the last few years”, said Adrian McGirr, Fior Insulation. Project: A residential scheme featuring 216 apartments with private balconies or terraces situated in the heart of the Dublin docks.Developer: Marlet Property GroupMain Contractor: BAM IrelandArchitect: Henry J. LyonsFIRETITE Installer: Fior Insulation & Fire protection LtdScope of Project: Install FIRETITE in specific brick cavity along the atrium wall at ground floor and basementProducts used: FIRETITE Class A2, S1, d0 mineral based cavity wall insulation

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PROPERTY BLUEPRINTS OFFER A PASSPORT TO IMPROVED BUILDING STANDARDS AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES

Building Passports as a means of certifying key information about a property are an extension of recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety. In the report, which was published in following the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, Dame Judith spoke of the need to create a ‘golden thread’ of data about a building for a supply chain of stakeholders from architects to engineers, through to building safety managers and end users. And whilst this ‘thread’ applied specifically to high-rise buildings, it has given credence to the idea that the same informative package could be produced for regular housing. So, how would a building passport work, and how useful might it be in addressing issues relating to the UK’s energy deficient housing stock? In essence, a building passport would be a constructional blueprint of a property. This would include information such as the thermal standards a property was built to – and that it achieved those standards – and the type of materials that were used to build it inside and out. Accessible to housing and building authorities, such data would be crucial to ensuring all homes within a new development, for example, were built to the same standard. It would also provide householders with a clearly-defined, certified baseline upon which to improve on their home’s energy performance, should they so wish. Call to action For easy accessibility, building passport data would be held digitally. This would lead in all probability to terabytes of information needing to be stored securely but accessibly. This information would need to be kept up to date when changes to the building are made, such as changing the boiler or building an extension, so it remains accurate and relevant to the building. The Insulation Manufacturer’s Association estimates more than 3,400 homes would need to be upgraded per day from now until 2035 in order to meet the government’s target for EPC band C for homes . Unfortunately, the necessary renovation work is nowhere near starting; a fact which is made all the more lamentable by the persisting instance of houses being built to outdated regulations. In my opinion, the government should be tackling the issue of Britain’s poorly-insulated homes with the same vigour it applies to other public endeavours and displays of national infrastructure investment. Easy access Having outlined the likely logistical issues involved with processing and storing a huge amount of building passport data, it is worth pointing out that the information is already available – it’s just a case of collating it. BIM, EPC certificates, U-value calculations and supporting data sheets are a basis for modern housing developments. If accessible in one easily downloadable digital space, this information would make retrofitting or altering a property to an acceptable standard a far more straightforward prospect. In her review of building regulations and fire safety, Dame Judith makes it clear that the UK construction industry requires a sea change in culture and practice to improve its all-round standards. Initiatives such as the building passport would certainly represent a positive break from tradition, as it would remove the element of guesswork involved in increasing a property’s energy efficiency. In knowing what a home’s performance is to begin with, small changes could be made to further improve it. And small changes on a mass scale could make a huge difference to the country’s emissions count. The government has shown favour to Dame Judith’s golden thread in relation to high-rise buildings, so it’s hoped the same accord will be bestowed upon a similar scheme for standard properties. As stated, upgrading nearly 30 million poorly-insulated UK homes represents an almighty challenge. Therefore, the imminent issue of building passports for new properties offers an easier option. It would mean we wouldn’t be adding to an already serious problem.

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Western Thermal Delivers Insulation Work

Insulation work is to be delivered on a renovation project at Coventry University by Western Thermal Limited. The former BT building in Mile Lane is being refurbished into a new cutting-edge learning hub for its students and faculty. The learning hub will make room for up to 3,000 students and faculties, with features including teaching rooms, IT suites, engineering and science labs, as well a café and extensive breakout areas for more social learning. “We are delighted to be working with Coventry University on what promises to be an exciting project. The university has a long and proud tradition of delivering first-class education and experiences to its students and local community, and we are happy to play a small part in helping them in uplifting their service to the students and the wider academic community,” said Phil Jones, Executive Director – Operations at Western Thermal about the prestigious project. Thermal insulation will be provided to the pipework and ductwork services from Western Thermal under a £180,000 contract. “Western Thermal Limited is a leader in the sector and continues to find ways to emphasise its expertise and experience through a number of exciting, high quality projects. It is our specialism which has enabled this company to deliver successful results on a consistent basis and has made us out a stand our performer in the market,” said Phil. “The project is certainly an exciting one and we are confident that it will prove to be a success. We are aware of the expectations placed on us and are know that our thermal insulation and pipework will contribute to providing the new campus with high quality heating and ventilation,” he added. The scheme will be delivered by Wilmott Dixon, which will work alongside NG Bailey to complete the work. Building work is expected to be complete in February 2019, with the facility opening the following month.

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Knauf Insulation completes £7m upgrade of Cwmbran Glass Mineral Wool plant

Knauf Insulation has completed a £7m upgrade of its manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales, which will increase its capacity by 6%. The improvements include a complete rebuild of the furnace at the heart of the plant. The work has been completed as part of a £200m investment programme to significantly increase the company’s manufacturing capacity and capability, which includes the construction of new plants in France and Malaysia. “We’ve seen increased demand over the last 18 months as architects, contractors, developers and regulators have recognised the benefits of high-performance, non-combustible mineral wool insulation” said John Sinfield, Managing Director, Knauf Insulation. “All indications suggest this trend will continue, which is one of the reasons we’ve invested in this comprehensive upgrade of our Cwmbran facility.” The programme of work at the plant was scheduled to take six weeks, but was completed three days early. It included a complete rebuild of the furnace, and plant-wide refurbishments and modifications taking advantage of the latest technology developments to maintain high product standards. The programme also includes energy efficiency improvements with new compressors, drives and motors installed which will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by just under 7,000 tonnes per year. During the works, the plant’s 207 employees volunteered their time with local charities under Knauf Insulation’s ‘Community Matters’ programme. In total, 576 hours were given over to supporting four local causes, including two hospices, a resource centre for people with learning disabilities, and an animal rescue facility. Knauf Insulation’s Cwmbran plant manufactures Glass Mineral Wool for use in a wide variety of applications. Products made at the site include the Supafil® range of blowing wools for cavity insulation, and the Earthwool® range of high-performance rolls and slabs for use in traditional and off-site construction. Knauf Insulation’s new Rock Mineral Wool plant in France is expected to come online in 2019, with the new Glass Mineral Wool plant in Malaysia following in 2020.

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EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION BY SAINT-GOBAIN WEBER IS TALK OF THE TOWN IN STEVENAGE

High performance webertherm XM External Wall Insulation (EWI) by Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified for the showcase Skyline regeneration scheme in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  This landmark building, once occupied by HM Land Registry and known as Brickdale House, has been carefully re-designed and converted by Chase New Homes, of Waltham Abbey, Essex.  A variety of 150 contemporary, well-proportioned residential suites and apartments designed to appeal to first time buyers and investors has been created.  Skyline is superbly positioned in the town, close to all shopping and leisure facilities, and just two minutes from the main line station to London’s Kings Cross. Designed by architects Corstorphine & Wright, Stourbridge, for Chase New Homes, the refurbishment work has dramatically transformed the building with major internal and external improvements.  Visually, aesthetics have changed for the better with the application of webertherm XM, a lightweight render protected external wall insulation system, which has created a striking and stylish appearance that has modernised the building from a grey and tired-looking mid-1900s commercial block.  Weber’s EWI has also improved the thermal performance of the building to a comfortable and sustainable 0.27W/m2K U-value. The application of webertherm XM EWI was carried out by Build-Therm Services of St Albans, Hertfordshire, a company familiar with Weber’s EWI systems. The application of webertherm XM EWI system provides efficient thermal insulation for this refurbishment with the render coat and surface finish delivering excellent water shedding capacity to protect the building fabric.  The system specified 120mm mineral fibre insulation applied to Cement Particle Boards fixed to a MetSec frame construction.  This has been protectively covered with a 6mm meshcloth reinforced coat of weberend LAC, a polymer-modified, cement-based mortar.  This is applied in two passes before being decoratively finished with webersil TF to achieve a textured render finish in Iced Blue offering a bright and welcome change to the streetscape. Julia Wathen, of Build-Therm Services Limited, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was operations manager on the Skyline project: “We really enjoy working with the Weber EWI systems as the materials are always of very high quality.  We had 1000m² to apply and the result is a crisp, bright finish which adds to the modern style of the apartments.” Since 2005 Chase New Homes, an independent and entrepreneurial company, has successfully developed new homes, building a reputation for excellence.  Skyline is another showcase in the company’s varied portfolio which ranges from studio suites to £4m mansions.  The company has several projects underway for a further 800 homes in Central London and throughout the Home Counties. For more information about this product, or for technical support including award winning training courses, please contact Saint-Gobain Weber on 08703 330 070, or visit www.netweber.co.uk. A free download of the Weber App for iPhone and iPad users is also available from iTunes and from Google Play for Android smartphones and tablet users.  Follow Saint-Gobain Weber on Twitter @SGWeberUK for the latest company news and updates.

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Eco-friendly upgrades to make to your property

Whether you’re selling your home or just want to make some positive life changes, improving the eco-friendliness is a great way to increase your property value, reduce your costs and reduce your impact on the environment. Insulation By insulating your loft with recyclable materials you can better heat your home and consume less energy. While insulating your property can seem like a lengthy and expensive job, it is one that will likely pay for itself in time. The left/roof is the most important part of your property that needs to be insulated, around 30% of your home’s heat escapes through the walls as well, so consider for yourself how much you would like to invest in insulating your property. Plug holes Beware when it comes to covering up drafts in your home. While plugging up holes and cracks in your property can improve your energy efficiency, houses without a good source of ventilation can quickly develop problems with damp, especially old houses that deal with moisture and heat differently. To ensure that you don’t put your property at risk of damp while also ensuring that it is being heated properly, you can enquire into damp proofing services and surveys before tackling your energy efficiency. A damp survey is usually free and you can talk to the expert about the best options available to you. Energy saving There are many energy saving alternatives to products found around the home, including energy saving lightbulbs, kettles, microwaves, shower heads etc. While switching to these products might be a bit more expensive than you expected, the cost is more than worth it. These products tend to last longer than the ones you originally purchase and they can save your money on your energy bills. LED lights, for example, convert more energy into like than they do to heat, meaning that the energy isn’t wasted. You can also install a programmable thermostat to have more power over what parts of your house are heated, reducing heating costs considerably. Better windows The right windows can have a huge impact your home’s energy consumption. To start, double glazing should be a priority. They keep the heat in and the cold out as well as reducing drafts, which makes your heating more efficient and requires less energy to properly heat your property. Thick curtains are also a great insulations tool if you want to go a step further. They can keep your property warm or cool when it needs to be by keeping out the outside weather conditions. Wooden window frames are also more insulating, easier to repair and less polluting to make and they tend to be more attractive than cheap plastic framing, adding value to your property. If possible, keep your blinds or curtains out of the way during the day to make the most of natural light. Strong natural light can prevent the need to use lamps during the day. More natural light can also be useful if you decide to get a few houseplants, which can greatly improve the air quality in your home.

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