Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from February, 2016
Darren Snaith, Director of Refurbishment and Regeneration at ROCKWOOL UK, looks at the benefits of retrofit solutions to transforming housing estates:

Estate regeneration hit the headlines recently when the Prime Minister announced that 100 social housing estates will be transformed through a large-scale regeneration programme.



The UK has a long history of demolishing social housing and replacing it with new build estates, and talk has again focussed on rebuilding rather than refurbishing properties.  But whilst starting afresh may be the best solution in some instances, many academics, community groups, and council officers are increasingly vocal about the benefits of making improvements to existing homes.

Demolition can be a very contentious option, not least because the delivery of new replacement homes can be slow, and the rehousing process can cause significant disruption to residents and communities.

In addition, redevelopment costs are considerably higher than those of refurbis…

NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS UNTAPPED POTENTIAL IN EUROPEAN INDUSTRY

A new report published by the “Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research” in Karlsruhe and co-funded by the ROCKWOOL Group, examines how to improve the energy efficiency of European industry and offers a number of precise recommendations on how to release the untapped potential.



Industrial insulation, a low-tech solution, could help industry across the EU reduce its energy use by 4%, often with a pay-back time of less than a year.

The ROCKWOOL Group welcomes the report as it highlights the need for an increased focus on energy efficiency in industry in a year where 90% of Europe’s energy legislation is under revision.


“European energy legislation must focus on energy efficiency as well as on replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources as it is highly unlikely that the European Union will be able to cover its energy needs through renewables alone if the need for energy remains at or exceeds the current level”
says Frank Ove Larsen, Managing Director of ROCKWOOL TE…

Rockwool used in state-of-the-art facilities at Morriston Hospital in Swansea

Morriston Hospital is a major district general and teaching hospital located in Cwmrhydyceirw near Morriston in Swansea, Wales. For a recent £60 million three-storey extension, main contractor BAM Construct UK has created 3,000 sq ft of new, state-of-the-art facilities for the hospital's renal dialysis, dental and x-ray departments in addition to a new education centre.


The Project

Morriston Hospital is a major district general and teaching hospital located in Cwmrhydyceirw near Morriston in Swansea, Wales. For a recent £60 million three-storey extension, main contractor BAM Construct UK has created 3,000 sq ft of new, state-of-the-art facilities for the hospital's renal dialysis, dental and x-ray departments in addition to a new education centre. With sustainability at the heart of the building's design and specification, ROCKWOOL insulation has played a significant role in the project which has achieved its target of a BREEAM Excellent rating.

"Timing on this project…