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Christmas Preiod & The End of 2012 - Thanks for your support

Advanced Insulation is a growing, independent company. We supply pipe insulation products to our established base of customers via our Online Store , but we couldn't do it without you. I just wanted to write a short entry to say thank you for your business in 2012 to all of our customers, and to let you know we have some exciting new products coming in the New Year. AIM continues to grow year on year, in the ever increasing online market. We have worked to make the website easier to use, and give you greater choice this year, and will do the same again next. The cut off for the last orders to be shipped this year will be 1pm this Friday (21st December), and we will be back on the 2nd January. In case you missed it yesterday, we have a special offer on over this period - free shipping on orders over £100 between Saturday 22nd December 2012 and January 1st 2013 inclusive. Just use the promo code MERRYXMAS at the final stage of the checkout to claim this special of

British team set to access and sample one of the last unexplored environments on planet Earth

This week (12 December) a British team of scientists and engineers realise a 16 year ambition to drill down through over 3 km of Antarctic ice into an ancient buried lake.  The team hopes to find signs of life in the water and clues to the Earth’s past climate in the mud at the lake floor. Using a high-pressure hot-water drill specially designed for the mission the 12-man team will begin boring a hole through solid ice into Lake Ellsworth on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on Wednesday.   It will be a race against time to keep the access borehole open long enough to lower and raise two state-of-the-art instruments that will collect water samples from the lake surface to the lake bed, and a core of mud from the lake floor.  The team can only keep the borehole open for 24 hours before it refreezes to an unusable size, ultimately sealing the lake off again. Precision engineering and technology are at the heart of this scientific experiment.  The hot-water drill, designed by B

Lake Ellsworth: Hot Water to Drill Through Ice

The team will have just 24 hours to access the lake before the borehole refreezes. Although hot-water drilling technology has been used extensively by Antarctic scientists on previous experiments, at 3 km this will be the deepest borehole ever made this way. The hot water drill is designed to cope with extraordinary environmental conditions. It needs to operate continuously for 3 days to create a 360 mm wide borehole through the ice into the lake. At -20°C freezing inside the borehole reduces its diameter by 0.6 cm per hour. Ice and water from the hole need to be recycled as drilling fluid to minimize the potential for contamination. Not only must the drill penetrate 3 km of ice, it must also be free from contamination. It’s a major challenge to design, source and manufacture the specialized equipment and components required for this project. And of course, all of this gear had to make the long journey from the UK to Antarctica in containers that can fit inside an air

KoolDuct gets Museum on the go

Glasgow’s stunning new £74 million museum, on the banks of the rivers Clyde and Kelvin, has taken full advantage of the space saving and single-fix installation benefits offered by Kingspan’s KoolDuct System. The Riverside Museum of Travel and Transport, majority-funded by Glasgow City Council and built by BAM Construct UK, has proved a huge success since opening its doors to the public. The Museum has welcomed over 1,000,000 visitors in the first six months alone. Maximizing the effect of the fluid and futuristic building design from multi-award winning architect, Zaha Hadid, was a key factor for the 7000m² exhibition space. To achieve this, all building services, including the air-distribution ductwork system, had to be concealed. As a result all services were routed through a vast network of trenches beneath the museum floor, ensuring that the exhibition area maintained its clean, open and contemporary feel throughout. Space within the trenches was tightly restricted

Lake Ellsworth: Exploring the Unknown

In December 2012, a team of British scientists and engineers will drill through 3km of solid ice into the buried Lake Ellsworth, Antarctica, to search for life forms in the water and clues to the past climate on earth buried in the lake bed sediments. AIM has been helping the project in  its own small, but important, way. Les Johnson (AIM’s Technical Director and resident insulation systems expert) has contributed to the project by designing an insulation system capable of protecting the stainless steel inlet pipe to the all-important hot water drill, down to continuous operating temperatures of as low as -25 ° C. This system incorporates elements provided by NMC UK, an insulation manufacturer based in Tredegar, South Wales who specialise in polyethylene foams, and combining this with a heat trace system manufactured by Pentair Thermal Management of Washington, Tyne and Wear. The mission is the culmination of years of research into life in extreme environments. If t

Eurobatex Class 0 Pipe Insulation; Flexible Thinking

Eurobatex Class 0 is a high quality, European manufactured expanded nitrile rubber (ENR) material which comes in a variety of forms suitable for a vast range of applications. Eurobatex products are manufactured by Union Foam in Italy, who are one of Europe's oldest and most respected manufacturers of flexible elastomeric foam insulation. The range available consists of tubes, both as 2m lengths and continuous coils, sheet and with a variety of facings. Union Foam also manufactures a range of EPDM rubbers that are suitable for the insulation of solar thermal pipework. 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. As with all nitrile rubbers Eurobatex Class 0 is inherently resistant to microbes, making it ideal for use in hospital applications or applicati


ROCKWOOL launches DOES IT BURN? video campaign to educate public on benefits of insulation measures beyond energy efficiency Green Deal improvements could also protect homes from fire, according to stone wool insulation systems and solutions supplier ROCKWOOL which says more needs to be done to educate consumers about the added benefits of retrofitting their homes. The firm has developed a new YouTube video in its DOES IT BURN? series, which sees £500 cash (representing the energy bill saving householders could make through insulating their homes*) being placed into a mini-house made of ROCKWOOL and then blasted with a flame thrower. The £500 is then shown being extracted from the box, undamaged. ROCKWOOL has developed the video with the aim of educating consumers about the multiple roles that insulation can play beyond carbon and energy bill savings. ROCKWOOL UK Corporate Affairs Director, Paula Bateman states:  “The Government has pledged that the Green Deal will brin


HIGH RISE HOPE: ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKE-OVER OF 1960S TOWER BLOCKS COULD PROVIDE BLUEPRINT FOR NEW WAYS TO END FUEL POVERTY The first stage of a pioneering study has been completed on a West London estate that could provide a blueprint for taking millions of UK householders out of fuel poverty, and demonstrates the huge impact the Green Deal could have if it is accompanied by consumer education to help householders cut energy use. - New research by the LSE reveals potential impact energy efficiency improvements can have on community relations and people’s perceptions of quality of life in social housing - Study shows energy bills in identical flats can range from £500 to £2,000 per annum  - Study to provide blueprint for social experiment aiming to find new ways to cut fuel poverty  The research study, called ‘High Rise Hope,’ conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) and  Rockwool , the stone wool insulation provider, analyses the social impact of greening homes

The Low Hanging Fruit - Rockwool Insulation on Climate Change

The Low Hanging Fruit Today we present a video brought to you by Rockwoool Insulation . You can also view this Video on our Youtube Channel:  Youtube Version If you are interested in purchasing Rockwool Insulation you can visit the following link: Rockwool Insulation (Link)

The ROCKWOOL Group receives prestigious award

On 8 October 2012 ROCKWOOL Russia Managing Director, Nick Vince, was presented with a royal honorary medal by HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. The ROCKWOOL Group, which has had its own production facility in Russia for more than 10 years, has received official recognition for its work promoting Danish energy efficient technologies in Russia and for developing Danish-Russian relations. HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark presented the Danish Export Association’s Diploma and HRH Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour to Managing Director, Nick Vince, during an official visit to Russia. The prestigious award is given to Danish companies abroad that make a special effort to promote and develop Danish products, services and relationships outside the country. Nick Vince has, in recent years, headed the ROCKWOOL Group’s activities in Russia and has delivered several successful projects. The company has set a good example to Russian business by showing  that investment in energy ef

Sager Pipelane: Simply Better

With its PIPELANE products, SAGER has successfully defi ned the key production parameters so that the end product is a «pipe section» which meets the highest demands for heat and sound insulation using mineral wool. In addition, SAGLAN slabs and rolls for technical insulation are optimum supplementary products for building services and industry. Straight line sections can be insulated quickly, easily and reliably using different materials. There are tricky spots, however, which require on-site adjustments. Apart from being non-fl ammable, glass wool clearly stands out for its elasticity and adaptability. And in addition, its bulk density is signifi cantly lower than that of rock wool products, which allows the processor to work more efficiently and economically. All PIPELANE products are non-fl ammable and are classified A1 (Switzerland 6q.3) for non-coated products and A2 (5.3) for products coated with pure aluminium. All mineral wool products solidifi ed with an organic

Saint-Gobain continues to grow in Russia

Saint-Gobain is continuing to grow its Insulation Activity in Russia with the acquisition of 25.1% of ZAO ISOROC. Located in Tambov, ISOROC is leader in the Central region for stone wool products, the most commonly used insulation material in the CIS. The Company reported revenues of €46 million in 2011. Through this partnership ISOVER is strengthening its position in the insulation market in Russia and extending its product range. This transaction is in line with the Saint-Gobain Group’s expansion strategy in fast-growing high-potential regions and in energy efficiency markets. About Saint-Gobain : Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of €42.12 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. For more information about

Gateshead College to train 'green deal' energy advisors

GATESHEAD College is among the first North East training providers to win a share of a new £1m Government initiative to boost the skills of people who provide advice on making property more energy efficient. The £75,000 contract will see the college, which was awarded the work due to its low-carbon credentials, training dozens of people between now and the end of the year to become newly-qualified Green Deal energy assessors as part of the Government’s new flagship scheme. Launching later on this year, Green Deal aims to renovate millions of draughty, energy inefficient homes and commercial premises across the country. However, no one will be able to participate in the scheme without their property first being assessed and recommendations agreed which will reduce energy waste. Any assessments and advice will have to be provided by qualified and authorised Green Deal assessors, including the new domestic energy assessment qualification currently being written by City &

Improve your home, save money and carbon by simply installing insulation

Following the recent news that five million households in the UK face increases in their fuel bills of up to £100 per year, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging household-ers to take advantage of the current subsidies and grants available towards the cost of Insulation before the current Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme ends this December…in a majority of cases it can even be FREE! The NIA has listed some of the benefits of insulation below: Over 50% 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 escap-ing with insulation. The cost of having insulation has never been lower, as there are a wide range of grants and subsidies available and, in many cases it could even be free! Solid Wall Insulation can save around £460 a year on a householder's fuel bills year-on-year! It can also reduce a home's carbon footprint by around 2 to

Partnership celebrates ground-breaking Green Deal

A partnership of organisations throughout Yorkshire and the Humber are celebrating their contribution to the Government’s new Green Deal energy programme, set to be announced officially in October 2012. Richard Mellish, Head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is set to address the BIG Energy Upgrade Green Deal Value Chain event at The University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18 September 2012, which will celebrate the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and look at future implications for homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Mellish will join policy makers, representatives from local authorities, green deal providers, academics from the University of Sheffield and a panel of the UK’s biggest energy providers: E-On, N-Power, Scottish Power, British Gas, EDF and Scottish and Southern, to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region. BIG Energ

Kingspan Kooltherm helps transform social housing scheme

Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board has been used as part of a major refurbishment project, giving a new lease of life to over 100 pre-fabricated British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) homes, in Moss Bank, St Helens, Merseyside. Merseyside-based housing association Helena Homes, has modernised and updated 107 BISF properties with cutting edge technology, helping to keep homes warmer for longer while reducing the cost of fuel bills. The homes were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and traditionally had poor thermal insulation and environmental performance. Helena Homes commissioned the project with the aim of extending the life-span of the properties by a minimum of 30 years, whilst also giving the overall look of the estate a fantastic boost, benefiting local residents and the local community. Initial tests on the homes confirmed their poor thermal performance, achieving a U-value of only 2.09 W/m2.K. An external wall insulation (EWI) solution, installed by partner

More old ROCKWOOL insulation to be recycled

New recycling scheme for old Rockwool insulation inaugurated by the Danish minister for the environment.   The Danish minister for the environment Ida Auken inaugurated the new Danish scheme for collecting and recycling old stone wool insulation. Here together with Thomas Kähler, managing director, Rockwool Scandinavia. Also internationally, the Danish minister for the environment, mrs. Ida Auken, has promoted the idea of “the circular economy”: An economy, where waste is seen and treated as a resource instead of a burden – where more waste is recycled instead of being burned or deposited to landfill. This week, mrs. Ida Auken visited the Rockwool Group’s factory in Doense, Denmark, to make the official inauguration of the first national, Danish scheme for collecting and recycling old stone wool insulation products from e.g. energy renovation and other building projects. “The last many years, mankind has continued to exploit the world’s natural resources to a degree where

Why do you need to know the Thermal Conductivity of a pipe insulation?

Why do you need to know about the thermal conductivity (also referred to as the k value) of your pipe insulation product? In very basic terms, it tells you how "good" a pipe insulation is (although it is not always the only consideration). The scientific description of thermal conductivity is as a measure of a materials ability to conduct heat. In other words, the lower this value is the better it is as an insulation in terms of preventing the transfer of heat. The thermal conductivity, or k value, is commonly expressed when talking about insulation in W/m.K (sometimes written as W/(m.K) ) which is an abbreviation for Watts (per Metre) in Kelvin. In other words, it is the rate of heat flow (measured in Watts), per metre, at a given temperature (Kelvin being a measurement of heat). You will see this is generally expressed next to a temperature when referring to pipe insulation, usually in degrees centigrade. This is because the temperature effects the rate of hea

Why is the Green Deal needed?

Continuing our series looking at the Green Deal, in today's entry we will be looking at why it is needed. The basic issue, as most people are already aware of, is that the UK needs to cut its carbon emissions and a lot of the energy we produce comes from our domestic energy consumption. And the most effective way of reducing these carbon emissions is to make our homes and workplaces more energy efficient. To quote former Secretary of State of Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne: " Britain has some of the oldest building stock in Europe. Our draughty homes are poorly insulated, leaking heat and using up energy. As consumers, we pay a high price for inefficient housing – and so does the planet. A quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions comes from the energy we use to heat our homes, and a similar amount comes from our businesses, industry and workplaces." "Saving the planet" has been one of those issues that the majority of people have known we need to

What is the Green Deal?

What is the Green Deal? And will it work? This is the question on everybody in the construction industries lips right now. And it is a question that is very relevant to virtually everybody in the country as well; soaring energy bills are hitting the pockets of home owners and those who rent alike. The purpose of the deal is aimed at helping us make our homes more energy efficient, to soften the blow of the rising bills. This is how the Government has described the Green Bill: " The Energy Bill includes provision for a new “Green Deal” which we believe will revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties. Put simply, the Government is establishing a framework to enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill. At the heart of the Government’s proposals is the “Green Deal plan”, an innovative financing m

Kingspan Kooltherm on the Silver Screen

Kingspan Kooltherm is being used to help protect some of the country’s most prized cinema heritage as part of the new BFI Master Store Building in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The £12 million structure, constructed by Gilbert Ash, is specially designed to maintain film in optimal conditions and is the largest building of its kind in the world. Inside, over 450,000 canisters of film are stored on 27km of shelves including classic Carry On and Ealing films and works by Alfred Hitchcock. The building’s cutting edge design and performance resulted in it winning the RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year 2012 Award. Maintaining a constant internal temperature of -5 ° C with 35% relative humidity is essential to prevent deterioration of the films and is especially important for the oldest film masters, stored on highly inflammable cellulose nitrate. Kingspan Kooltherm K3 Floorboard played a vital role in maintaining these conditions with its enhanced thermal performance al