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Optimised Building Services and HVAC with Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation

Both the EU and the UK Government have set ambitious, legally binding targets (Climate Change Act 2008) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, with an intermediate target of 34% by 2020 (against a 1990 baseline).

Approved Document Part L of the UK Building Regulations is being progressively tightened up to move towards the Government’s target of all new buildings being zero carbon by 2019. The most recent revision came into effect in October 2010, and it is now apparent that this revision is pushing building designers to very high levels of energy efficiency.
However, the requirements are now so stringent that many design teams are resorting to the application of costly building-integrated renewable technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings, instead of first considering the more cost-effective option of optimising insulation.


Kingspan Tarec® Insulate 1st Solution
Currently, there is an opportunity to optimise a buildings energy effici…

KNAUF INSULATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE

Knauf Insulation, in partnership with CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people - has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by performing arts charity, Cardboard Citizens.


Established in 1991, Cardboard Citizens uses theatre combined with support as a catalyst for personal and social change in homeless people’s lives, through theatrical performances, performing art workshops and personalised advice and guidance. Knauf Insulation has donated its Universal Slab to provide new fit for purpose premises for the charity, including rehearsal space and offices.
“Homeless people living in hostels are usually socially isolated and lack the social capital needed to get ahead. The work Cardboard Citizens carries out with homeless people really resonates with what we do here at CRASH. Therefore, when they approached us for help to improve their new premises in East London, we knew we could definitely help them out thanks to our ne…

Money saving tips to reduce energy bills and keep the home warm and cosy

With energy bills constantly increasing householders should make their No.1 New Year's resolution making their homes much more energy efficient. The National Insulation Association (NIA) is advising that one sure way for householders to keep the heat in and reduce their energy bills in the future is to install insulation now. 



The NIA has put together ten facts that will help inform households about the benefits of installing insulation: 

1. Around 58% of a home's heat can be lost through un-insulated walls and lofts. A hassle-free way to save energy and prevent money disappearing into thin air is to stop this heat escaping with insulation. 

2. Solid Wall Insulation can save around £475* a year on householder's fuel bills year-on-year! It can also reduce a home's carbon footprint by around 2 tonnes of CO2 a year. 

3. If every UK household suitable for Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) installed it, a saving of 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year could be made – a decrease in 560…