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INSULATION Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 01992 Ahoy! Ecotherm at the National Maritime Roofing company breathes easy Kingspan puts its energy into change 062 FEBRUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM Zink Copper Stainless 801927 www.almhm.co.uk R. G. Leverett, a familyrun roofing business, has switched to using BreatherQuilt from the range of YBS, reportedly finding it more cost-effective to install while offering superior performance compared to rival products on the market. The first project where R. G. Leverett trialled YBS BreatherQuilt was a 1950s bungalow in Norwich. The original roof covering of concrete tiles was at the end of its life, leaking in several places and offering poor thermal performance. Having fully scaffolded the single storey property and carried out risk assessments, including checking for the presence of asbestos, the firm’s operatives stripped off the tiles, across the main pitch and wing. BreatherQuilt was then used. Business owner, Rob Leverett, said: “We carry out a lot of work like this for the owners of older properties and decided to try YBS BreatherQuilt because not only is it cheaper than the other products we were using, but it offers a better insulation value as well.” Rob continued: “It is straightforward to install and we had absolutely no problems with it. I am sure we will be purchasing BreatherQuilt for more projects in the future.” www.ybsinsulation.com With a number of significant advancements in the UK’s climate change agenda over the past 12 months, it has never been more important for businesses to recognise and take responsibility for their impact on the environment. Kingspan has pledged to become a Net-Zero Energy (NZE) company by 2020. In 2016, the Kingspan Insulated Panels Western Europe division achieved 58.9% of its NZE target. Its largest manufacturing site at Holywell uses 100% renewable electricity through a 400 kWp Kingspan Energy solar PV system, and the procurement of certified renewable energy. Planning permission has also recently been granted to install a wind turbine on the site. When installed in 2018, it is estimated the turbine will generate 2,374,000 kWh of energy and offset 1,440 tCO2- approximately half of the remaining CO2 on site. As a result of the NZE initiative, Kingspan Group was both placed on the CPD Climate Change ‘A’ list this year for a third year running, and Kingspan Insulated Panels was awarded Manufacturer of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2016 for turning its sustainability pledge into a reality. The construction industry is the top consumer of raw materials globally, therefore it is vital to ensure any waste is minimised throughout the manufacturing process. Using a hierarchy approach to identify areas where waste can be reduced, Kingspan have become a ‘zerowaste to-landfill’ company across the UK and Ireland. Additionally, there has been a keen focus on the reduction of onsite waste, from a 28% decrease in wrapping material and return-and-recycle site services, to ongoing investigations into how the panel products can be disposed of at the end of their life. www.kingspanpanels.co.uk EcoTherm Eco-Versal insulation has been installed in the new exploration wing at the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in London. Concept Building Services (Southern) undertook the basebuild works for the Museum’s new wing. Part of the design included constructing a link bridge and re-purposing back of house spaces to create four new galleries. Jan Powell from Concept Building Services (Southern), said: “EcoTherm provided technical data sheets to us showing the products performance and U-values, allowing us to select the most suitable product for the project that was within budget and delivered in time for work commencing.” 120 mm thickness of EcoTherm Eco-Versal was supplied by insulation and dry-lining specialists, Elliotts Builders Merchant, then installed and fixed to the timber frame walls by hygiene wall and ceiling experts, MBF Hygiene Systems. The insulation has a thermal conductivity of 0.022 W/m.K, making it a cost-effective solution for achieving a compliant U-value. EcoTherm Eco-Versal’s rigid insulation board is faced with aluminium foil composite and can also be used on floors, walls, dormer cheeks and ceilings. All EcoTherm products have a fibre free core manufactured with a blowing agent which has zero Ozone Depletion Potential, (ODP) with a low Global Warming Potential (GWP). www.ecotherm.co.uk National Maritime Museum, London Kingspan drives success at golf clubhouse Kingspan has installed its OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System at the Centurion Golf Club in Hemel Hempstead. A recessed roof terrace was incorporated into the building design to take advantage of the views across the lake and 18th green, extending the member bar seating area. To ensure a level threshold for a smooth transition from inside to outside, whilst also keeping the area well insulated, the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System was specified. The insulation solution features vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) with a microporous core which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope. With a declared thermal conductivity of 0.007 W/m.K, Kingspan OPTIM-R VIPs can reportedly deliver an insulating performance up to five times better than that of commonly available insulation materials. The 20 mm Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System was installed on the terrace below Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM. The use of this product is said to eliminated the need to incorporate a structural fall into the design, and provided a lightweight and dry alternative to screeding. www.sgpr.co.uk The clubhouse at Centurion Golf Club


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