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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

Rockwool Insulation keeps Europe's tallest building cool, quiet and fire safe

ROCKWOOL insulation keeps Europe's tallest building cool, quiet and fire safe The Shard celebrated the completion of its exterior with spectacular laser display as interior fit-out progresses using ROCKWOOL insulation. To mark the completion of the exterior of Europe’s tallest building, The Shard played host to a spectacular light show in central London, which saw a selection of 12 lasers and 30 search lights firing rays from the peak of the building, with a dramatic finale of the the whole building being lit up. However, while the exterior of The Shard is a glistening wall of glass, the interior is protected with ROCKWOOL thermal, acoustic and fire protection insulation, and work on the fit-out continues at pace. The giant structure includes over 40 tonnes of RockLap H&V Pipe Section and ROCKWOOL Ductwrap . Both of these products offer Europe’s tallest building thermal, acoustic and non-combustible insulation of its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning duc