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ROCKWOOL insulation for Eiffel Tower renovation

The first floor of the prestigious Eiffel Tower is getting a full makeover. ROCKWOOL France is helping to improve energy efficiency and fire safety in the iconic building.


Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is a world famous attraction that welcomes 7 million people per year. With that many visitors, it is important that safety and energy efficiency are of the highest standard. Due to the high performance, ROCKWOOL flat roof solutions are being used in the renovation. “The Eiffel Tower is a global icon and we are very pleased to be involved with this project. It is a major tourist attraction with millions of visitors every year, so naturally the architects are paying special attention to the safety aspects of the first floor. Thanks to our international expertise, our products were chosen for their ability to meet the very strict requirements for public buildings. This proves that our company is able to support ambitious and demanding projects,” says Managing Director of ROCKWO…

Technical Information Bulletin: CE Marking to be mandatory from 1st July in the UK

The construction industry is facing the most significant change for a decade in the way in which construction products are sold in Europe. From 1 July 2013, under the Construction Products Regulation 20111 (CPR), it will become mandatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA). This is a major change as affixing of CE marking under the provisions of the existing Construction Products Directive (CPD) is currently voluntary in the UK. For those already CE marking under the CPD the transition should be straightforward.


The CPR builds upon the CPD and aims to break down technical barriers to trade in construction products within the European Economic Area (EEA). To achieve this, the CPR provides for four main elements:
• A system of harmonised technical specifications • An agreed system of conformity assessment for each product family • A framework of notified bodies • …

ARTISTICALLY INSPIRED EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION SET TO TRANSFORM HOMES

ROCKWOOL launches REDArt: A new external wall insulation system with a huge range of coloured renders and textured finishes to brighten up homes and save residents money on their energy bills
Making homes more colourful, inspiring and comfortable places to live is the aim of a new external wall insulation system (REDArt) launched today by ROCKWOOL, the leading stone wool insulation provider.
REDArt also aims to help transform the aesthetic of the urban landscape with around 100 colours and finishes, including a brick effect finish, in five different shades and pebble-dash, in 12 different shades.
REDArt is a highly energy efficient external wall insulation system specifically developed for homes with solid walls or where cavity wall insulation is not practicable (such as tower blocks).
Credit: ROCKWOOL Ltd. & Christopher Bradbury 2013
REDArt is unique in that ROCKWOOL makes and supplies the renders which cover the stone wool insulation to provide the design and colour. By owning …

Insulation News: Kingspan a permanent exhibit at Jerwood Gallery

Kingspan Insulation’s high performance Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM insulation was specified as part of the new £4 million, award winning Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.


Situated amongst the unique Hastings net shops and on the edge of a working fishing beach, this prestigious Gallery was designed by HAT projects to create a permanent public home for the Jerwood Foundation’s Collection of Modern British Art, as well as showcasing a changing, curated programme.
Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM insulation was specified for the roof build up as the tapered insulated boards not only provided the required fall, but also delivered excellent U-values, and therefore formed an important part of the project’s energy saving performance.

Hana Loftus on behalf of HAT Projects commented "We were tasked by the client to create a robust and energy efficient building within a relatively limited budget.  We took care to fully specify the project to ensure that compromises were not made on the quality or …

Insulation News: NIA welcomes Scottish Governments £50m Home Energy Efficiency Funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will be providing almost £50 million of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.


The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) will provide funding to all Scottish local authorities to help fuel poor household’s heat their homes more cost effectively.
The investment will be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation, which can help householders, make huge savings on energy bills and make their homes more environmentally friendly.
Wilson Shaw, Chair of the NIA Scotland, commented: "As Chair of the National Insulation Association's Scottish Forum, I would once again congratulate the Scottish Government on their forward thinking commitment to the installation of Insulation. I hope that this investment will soon result in the much needed activity on the ground in order to safe guard jobs in what is a very chal…

Reducing the energy consumption of buildings is key to reducing climate change, say Rockwool

Life on earth depends on a delicate temperature interval of only a few degrees. Every year we see even small changes in global temperature having drastic consequences for our climate and living conditions.


Our excessive combustion of fossil fuels puts exorbitant amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. High levels of CO2 mean heat from the earth is retained in the atmosphere thus intensifying the ‘green house effect’ and global warming. Gases such as N2O, CH4 and fluorine gases further add to global warming. The last decade has produced a series of troubling records in average global temperature. Records that are unprecedented in the history of temperature recording.
According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the average temperature is expected to increase by 1-5°C over the next century. CO2 emissions must be reduced by 60-80% before 2050 if we should have a chance to reduce the average global temperature increase to ‘only’ 2ºC.  Fast action is crucia…

First commercial property to be certified to BREEAM 'Excellent' uses Kingspan

A striking new operations centre in Peterborough has taken full advantage of Kingspan Insulated Panels' wide range of building envelope, PV and safety solutions, becoming the first commercial property to be certified to BREEAM 'Excellent' under the new building assessment method.
Specialist IT solutions and services provider, Kelway Limited, commissioned the new three story office to support its rapidly expanding UK operations. The bespoke 2,700 m2 building, designed by David Turnock Architects, is the third to be constructed by developers Artisans at their OPUS Business Park site, and will accommodate over 350 staff.


A key requirement for the project was that the building should be both eye-catching and modern, while still attaining excellent levels of energy efficiency. To help achieve this DGT Structures Ltd installed Kingspan Architectural Wall Panels in two different profiles, KS1000 MM Mini-Micro and KS1000 LV Louvre. Both profiles were specified with the Kingspan S…

Kingspan TEK® shelters flock of Manchester's "Pop Up" Cathedral

The structure of Manchester’s new “Pop-up Cathedral” has been erected on budget and in just 11 days using the high performance Kingspan TEK® Building System. The 220 m2 building has space for up to 300 people and will be used to hold services over the next 18 months while the city’s historic Cathedral is closed for repairs.


Developers Nikal Ltd. acted as main contractors and part sponsors of the project and worked in conjunction with Manchester Cathedral to create a design which was sympathetic to both the gothic architecture of the Cathedral and the Tudor heritage of many buildings in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. A number of factors had to be taken into account during the design process including ensuring that the structure offered sufficient thermal performance to withstand the varying conditions throughout the year, and could also be delivered on budget against a tight overall deadline of just 3 months from design to completion.
These requirements made the Kingspan TEK® Building…

Analysis: How energy efficiency firms are eating utilities' lunch

With better insulation, triple glazing and frugal boilers, new houses can cut energy use by up to 90 percent, which is good news for consumers but bad for utilities that vie with energy services firms for their efficiency euros.
An unstoppable efficiency drive spurred by EU regulations and national targets poses a dilemma for utilities. Do they look for a profitable way to help consumers save energy or try to defend their traditional business model? 

Products that reduce heating bills and therefore utilities' profits include heat pumps and condensing boilers from firms such as Germany's Vaillant or Viessmann, super-insulating materials from Belgium's Recticel or Ireland's Kingspan, and heat-retaining triple glazing from France's Saint-Gobain.
Bain & Company estimates that German households spend about 5 to 7 percent of their income - about 2,500 euros ($3,250) per year in today's money - on energy.
It's a percentage little changed since the 1970s but h…