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RCI May 2014

INSULATION New fleet rolls out Encon Insulation and its interior building products division Nevill Long are enhancing their joint delivery fleet with the aim of improving supply to customers and reducing its impact on the environment. The 36 new commercial vehicles include a mixture of 32, 26 and 7.5 tonne trucks, as well as more than a dozen lighter truck-mounted moffets, all fitted with a host of aftermarket extras. Stuart Moore, Encon Group chief executive officer, said: “This substantial fleet investment programme enables us to meet both our own and our customers’ future transport requirements with confidence as their distributor of choice.” Supplied in the new dual-branded colours of Encon Insulation and Nevill Long, the vehicles set the standard for the firm’s future fleet strategy and enhances the group’s accreditation to FORS, Transport for London’s (TfL) Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. Introduced by TfL in 2008, FORS creates a single scheme for fleet operators to improve their safety, fuel efficiency and vehicle carbon footprint, and is increasingly becoming a prerequisite for delivering to major contractors. The new trucks are expected to deliver 4% better fuel economy by a combination of the latest automotive engineering and additional features, such as telematics, to increase vehicle efficiencies. They are also equipped with an in-cab traffic light system which demonstrates real-time advanced driving techniques. In addition, the new trucks are fitted with safety harnesses, an improved load restraint system and close proximity sensors, cameras and Fresnel lenses to help ensure the safety not only of vulnerable road users in general, but also that of the people on the sites they are visiting. These features are complemented by additional LED lighting for on-site deliveries. www.encon.co.uk Xtratherm has launched the Xtratherm Y-Calculator tool to enable architects, energy assessors and designers to determine the thermal bridging heat loss from non-repeating thermal bridges that must be accounted for in SAP 2009 and SAP 2012. The tool allows users to calculate the Y-value by entering data from existing SAP calculations, or directly from drawings by adding the length of each thermal bridge along with the total heat loss area of the building. Adding each junction as per table K1 in SAP, the tool will calculate the total Y-value of the dwelling, alongside different options depending on potential solutions, including Xtratherm engineered jointed products being used. Technical marketing manager Danny Kearney said: “With the changes to the new Part L and the drive towards low energy buildings, insulation performance can no longer be measured in terms of UValues 060 MAY 2014 RCIMAG.COM alone. How that insulation joins with other components in the build and at building junctions is a critical factor in insulation effectiveness, which in SAP is measured as the Y-value. “With the Y-value calculator, we offer additional support to the building industry by making it easier to calculate the thermal bridges in a design.” When using its PIR insulation, Xtratherm says results will show significant improvement, as the insulation material has the added benefit of engineered jointing. www.xtratherm.com All quiet in class Troldtekt acoustic panels have been used throughout the new Bagsvaerd School in Denmark. Designed by Nohr & Sigsgaard Architects, the facility has been formed by combining two local schools. The resulting building consists of split levels, double-height rooms and a high degree of transparency, creating a spacious interior. Due to the potential noise which is always a problem in schools, Troldtekt acoustic panels were used on all the ceilings of the Bagsvaerd School. Troldtekt says these unify the school’s many rooms, ensuring good acoustics in classrooms and the double-height canteen. In addition, as a new feature, access panels have been fitted in all the rooms to provide access to services installed above the Troldtekt ceilings. According to the architects, this mechanical access, which requires neither tools nor special expertise, provides a very effective and easy solution which is well integrated into the ceiling. Troldtekt panels are made from 100% natural wood fibres mixed Zink Copper Stainless with cement. The company says the benefits of its product include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Their sustainability was recently recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept. www.troldtekt.co.uk Slimming down Kingspan Insulation has launched the first of its new slimline range of Kooltherm products featuring a thermal conductivity of 0.019W/mK. Kingspan Kooltherm K14 Insulated Plasterboard is suitable for mechanical-fix applications whilst Kingspan Kooltherm K13 Insulated Plasterboard has been designed for adhesive-fix applications. In addition to a lower thermal conductivity, the products feature a 9.5mm plasterboard finish and a vapour control layer. Kingspan Insulation says this is a winning combination that can help achieve desired U-Values with a minimal build-up. For example, a U-Value of 0.30 W/m²K can be achieved using 59.5 mm Kingspan Kooltherm K14 Insulated Plasterboard mechanically fixed onto a solid wall construction comprising 102.5mm brickwork, a strip of damp proof course, 25 x 47 mm treated softwood timber battens and a 3mm plaster skim finish. This is almost 8% thinner than the best performing PIR insulated plasterboard with a 9.5mm plasterboard facing. In addition, the weight difference between 9.5mm plasterboard and the 12.5mm plasterboard used on most standard insulated plasterboards, is up to 5kg. This lower weight facilitates easier installation. Kingspan Insulation says the improved thermal efficiency of Kooltherm is delivered through a cutting-edge blowing agent. The agent is formulated to have zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1, which is equal to that of CO2 and 99.9% lower than some HFCs currently used in the foam blowing agent industry. Kingspan Kooltherm K13 and K14 Insulated Plasterboard are available in a range of thicknesses from 29.5 up to 129.5mm www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk Calculated solution 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


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