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Insulation Products: What is Phenolic Foam Insulation

Phenolic foam is a uniquely versatile material being suitable for a large range of applications. Phenolic foam has been used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications for many years. The foam is cut to accurate tolerances on computer controlled cutting equipment. Parts available include traditional half sections, slotted slab, foil faced phenolic foam laminate ductboard, radius and bevelled lags, bends, flange box covers, valve box covers, etc. Materials are generally supplied with a vapour barrier facing. High density foam is also available for structural applications such as pipe and duct supports.


Phenolic foam is used in many building applications, typically continuously laminated phenolic board is used in roofing, cavity board, external wall board, plasterboard dry lining systems, wall insulation, floor insulation and as a sarking board. The superior fire performance of phenolic foam is being recognised and this is leading to increased market share in these areas…

HIGH RISE SOCIAL HOUSING: UNDERSTANDING THE FIRE RISK

One day fire seminar highlights the potential fire risk of combustible external wall insulation during the refurbishment of residential tower blocks.



“High Rise Social Housing Retrofit – Understanding the fire risk”, was held on 24th April at the Fire Service College, which trains firefighters from all over the world. It was attended by delegates from the social housing sector, the fire and rescue service, insurance industry, the architectural community and government.
The seminar, held in partnership with the Fire Protection Association (the UK’s national fire protection organisation), featured a live external wall insulation fire demonstration highlighting the potential ‘Window of Risk’ with external wall insulation during the refurbishment of residential tower blocks.
In addition to a demonstration featuring external insulation rigs some 10 metres in height, the event, hosted by Jonathan O’Neill, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association, featured speeches from:
Andrew C…

Insulation News: ENERGY EFFICIENT REFURBISHMENT OF TOWER BLOCKS COULD HOLD KEY TO REGENERATING COMMUNITIES

Open-City Green Sky Thinking Roundtable, hosted by ROCKWOOL, agrees new start needed for residential tower blocks


Refurbishing high-rise residential tower blocks could hold the key to creating sustainable homes for the future, according to a group of leading regeneration and building design experts taking part in a debate, hosted by leading energy efficiency solutions provider ROCKWOOL.
The event, held as part of Open-City Green Sky Thinking Week on 16th April 2012, agreed that redeveloping post-war residential tower-blocks is a far more sustainable approach to creating modern homes than the demolition of these buildings.
Speakers argued that targeted refurbishment, using funding from schemes such as the Government’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation), should help reinvent tower blocks as beacons for regeneration within communities.
Speakers at the event were Peter Murray (Chairman at New London Architecture), Hannah Kyrke Smith (Policy Adviser, Green Alliance), Tony Hutchinson (Associa…

Insulation News: Kingspan Insulation officially a "Superbrand"

Kingspan Group plc has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading business brands in the 2013 Superbrands® league table. The independent annual listing, coordinated by The Centre for Brand Analysis, identifies the UK’s strongest brands across over 50 sectors and is judged by an Expert Council and more than 1,900 business professionals. The brands are assessed on three key criteria: quality, reliability and distinction. Brands do not apply or pay to be considered for Superbrands status.


As a leading provider of a range of high performance, sustainable building products and solutions for the international property and construction industry, Kingspan has become a benchmark brand across the globe for quality, high performance and innovation.
Kingspan’s strategy is based around the principles of delivering energy conservation and creative aesthetics, enabling it to provide lower energy, lower cost and lower carbon building solutions across a broad range of market sectors in the UK, Europe…

Insulation Advice: Insulating Tanks, Pipes and Radiators

Insulating tanks, pipes and radiators
Lagging water tanks and pipes and insulating behind radiators reduces the amount of heat that escapes, so you spend less money heating water up, and hot water stays hotter for longer. 
How much could you save?
Insulating your hot water cylinder is one of the easiest ways to save energy and therefore money. If you already have a jacket fitted, check the thickness, it should be at least 75mm thick. If not, it's worth treating your cylinder to a new winter coat. Fitting a British Standard jacket around your cylinder will cut heat loss by over 75% and save you around £45 a year - more than the cost of the jacket!
By slipping pipe insulation around your exposed hot water pipes you’ll keep your hot water hotter for longer. Fitting insulation to pipes is easy if the pipes are accessible; if your pipes are hard to reach, you may need professional help.
Fitting a jacket and pipe lagging will also save 230 kg of carbon dioxide. Here are the figures:

Annua…

Case Study: Rockwool Insulation and the Library of Birmingham

Although it has now been removed, one of the early features of the new Library of Birmingham that drew a lot of attention a couple of years ago was the "Living Wall" used as a part of the hoardings during its construction, which featured an ingenious use of Rockwool Insulation in its fabrication.

Green walls are a growing trend in many places around the world. They create a fresh, healthy look that also communicates an awareness of environmental concerns. But turning a garden vertical isn't that easy to do.

Who says greenery has to be horizontal?
Most public buildings have plants outside, either in pots or as part of the landscaped grounds. But what if plants could comprise the very walls of a building? That's just what the architects behind the new Library of Birmingham have done with the building's "green wall" facade. Their chosen solution was based on ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation.
How do you plant a vertical garden?
A growing trend in many places a…

Product Highlight: Eurobatex Class 0 - Quality Assured at a cellular level

Eurobatex Class 0: Premium Quality Rubber Pipe Insulation


Eurobatex Class 0 is the first product of its type in the UK market to be able to declare a test result of BL - S2, d0 to the new Euroclass fire ratings in tubular form, and B - S3, d0 to the new Euroclass fire ratings in sheet form.
Eurobatex was also one of the first companies in Europe to receive approval to use the CE Mark, in accordance with the specifications laid out in EN 14304.
Eurobatex is particularly suitable for the thermal insulation of pipework on refrigeration, air conditioning and heating systems. It is dust and fibre free, HCFC free, and has an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of 0 as well as a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of Zero. Furthermore Eurobatex Class 0 contains active Microbial resistance throughout its cell structure as part of its formulation, making it ideal for use in hospital applications or applications where a sterile environment is required.
Eurobatex products are manufactured by Union Foam i…