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As part of its continuing involvement in the Arbed energy performance investment programme, ROCKWOOL, the leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation, recently welcomed a delegation from members of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) to its Pencoed manufacturing plant, near Bridgend.

The high-ranking delegation included key WEFO representatives, Chair, Rob Halford, Head of Planning and Strategy, Rhian Power-Battrick, Sustainable Development Officer, Tim Mann, Arbed Project Manager and David Bolton, Arbed Project Director from Melin Homes. Hosted by ROCKWOOL’s Refurbishment and Regeneration Manager, Paul Williams, the visit allowed the WEFO and Arbed representatives to appreciate how ROCKWOOL insulation solutions can help deliver greater energy efficiency to homes in Wales. It also provided an important insight into ROCKWOOL’s sustainable manufacturing and business processes.

Arbed is a European Regional Development Fund programme to reduce climate change, help eradicate fuel poverty, and boost economic development and regeneration in Wales. Phase one saw a £30m investment in over 6000 homes to make them more energy efficient. Phase two started in May 2012 with a target to improve the energy efficiency of a minimum of 4800 existing homes in Wales by the end of 2015. WEFO is the part of the Welsh Government charged with managing the delivery of Arbed as one of the EU Structural Funds programme in Wales.

ROCKWOOL has played an integral part in delivering energy efficient Arbed schemes since the programme’s inception in 2010. The company’s impressive range of solutions combine significant thermal, acoustic and fire safety benefits which have improved the external wall insulation on numerous Arbed projects in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and other areas.

The ability to recycle waste and reduce landfill waste is also a key factor in ROCKWOOL’s work on Arbed projects. ROCKWOOL’s recycling scheme, known as ROCKCYLE, is run from its dedicated, state of the art facility in Pencoed. The scheme enables contractors and builders to recycle ROCKWOOL stone wool products, including waste material, refurbishment and demolition waste, along with off-cuts. Part of ROCKWOOL’s efforts to reduce its requirement for landfill, ROCKCYLE ensures that 100% of insulation waste can be returned for recycling. Melin Homes is one social housing provider which has actively supported and implemented the ROCKWOOL recycling service on its Arbed schemes.

“ROCKWOOL continues to provide practical solutions for energy efficient insulation and reduced waste to landfill, making them a great partner for Arbed projects,” explains David Bolton, Arbed Project Director, Melin Homes. “They manage the collection and recycling of waste and have a strong focus on educating contractors to be mindful rather than wasteful with the product. At the same time, ROCKWOOL can provide accurate data regarding the amounts of waste returned per contractor. This visit was a great opportunity for us and WEFO to see, first hand, the excellent work that ROCKWOOL does and its commitment to the principles and practices of the Arbed programme.”

ROCKWOOL is also a Green Compass Scheme accredited member, following a successful and rigorous environmental audit against PAS402:2013. Developed by Constructing Excellence in Wales, in conjunction with UKAS accredited inspection bodies, The Green Compass Scheme provides independent verification of the performance data reported by waste management organisations.


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