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Royal Vetinary College gets the Kingspan treatment

In the field of veterinary science there are few institutions with the reputation and heritage to match the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the College’s Hertfordshire Campus has now been further enhanced with the construction of a RIBA Award winning Student Village featuring over 6500 m 2  of Kingspan Insulation Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board. The RVC Student Village provides 191 en-suite bedrooms separated across five separate blocks along with a restaurant and meeting rooms. Hawkins\Brown designed the student accommodation to seamlessly blend with its greenbelt surroundings, using locally sourced red cedar and Bronsgroen bricks. The buildings also provide a high level of energy efficiency and were certified on completion to BREEAM ‘Very Good’. To help minimise heatloss Kingspan Insulation’s premium performance Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board was installed as part of the external wall build-up. The product holds LABC System Approval for use in rainscreen applications

£40bn To Be Invested In Renewable Electricity Projects

Additional investments of around £40 billion are expected in renewable electricity generation projects up to 2020, following updated contract terms and strike prices published today and wider reforms to the electricity market.  Sixteen renewable generation projects also reached the next stage of Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables (FIDeR) process today, which could be supported either through investment contracts or the enduring Contracts for Difference (CfD) regime. There is currently over 20GW of renewables capacity operational in the UK – a figure that could double by 2020 as a result of the Government’s reforms. We have a very healthy pipeline in key technologies, with a total of almost 11GW of offshore and onshore wind with planning consent and awaiting construction. And if all the 8GW of projects which are proceeding under FIDeR are built through investment contracts or under the enduring CfD regime they could contribute around 30% of the new ren

Black Friday Savings on K FLex Pipe Insulation

Given the cold weather, we are offering a one day only special offer on K Flex Pipe Insulation For a whopping 10% off today only, just enter the promo code BLACKRUBBER at the checkout. This product code can be used multiple times, and applies to K FLex Self Seal Pipe Insulation, K Flex Tape & K Flex adhesive. The offer is only available today, so hurry up to save yourself some money in protecting your pipes this winter.


ROCKWOOL launches HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD); a new versatile system solution for all flat roof membrane types. ROCKWOOL UK has launched its new flat roof board; HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) in the presence of a selection of the UK’s largest roofing contractors. The board has been developed in response to listening to the market over the past 3 years and shows ROCKWOOL’s long term commitment to the flat roof sector. With its unique facing, HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) is compatible with all waterproof membranes and in conjunction with its superior acoustic and fire performance is now one of the most diverse roofing boards available within the UK market. This new system replaces all the current HARDROCK (DD) range. The new system is extremely competitive in comparison to foam warm roof systems when used in acoustic and non-combustible roof systems and is a more cost effective solution. The new roof board is exceptionally versatile and is suited to liquid applied, bonded single


Dear Prime Minister, I am writing regarding the recent debate around energy prices and the impact of “green levies”. I cannot state strongly enough the harm that will be caused to fuel poor families and pensioners should the Government back down on its central energy efficiency policy so that energy companies can give a small ‘cash-back’ to consumers. ROCKWOOL has invested considerably in mechanisms for delivering ECO, as a direct response to Government calls for investment. We are working in some of the UK’s most neglected social housing estates, training unemployed residents to become skilled solid wall insulation installers, thereby providing them with sustainable employment. Today we are delivering durable solid wall insulation measures to some of the coldest, draughtiest and most energy inefficient homes in Britain. Most of these homes have already insulated their lofts and changed their light bulbs, but it is not enough. Solid wall insulation doesn’t just provide warmer ho

Law Distribution Launch New Site

As part of the Law Distribution family of companies, Advanced Insulation is pleased to share the launch of Law Distribution's new website at: Law Distribution is a founding member of the Palletline network, and has been delivering satisfied customers for nearly 20 years. For more information call 0800 0282141 or e-mail

Kingspan TEK® puts school on the fast-track to success

The Kingspan TEK® Building System has delivered outstanding results against a design and installation deadline of just four weeks for a stylish new primary school extension in Kent. 218 children attend All Faiths’ Children’s Community School, part of The RGS/AFS Thinking Schools Academy Trust, and the original 1970’s building had become overcrowded. To address this, Medway Local Authority provided funding for a new extension featuring three new classrooms, a children’s centre and a sports hall. The construction, overseen by King and Johnston Building Contractors, included the installation of a 600 m2 Kingspan TEK® Building System pitched roof. Architect John McCormack discussed the project: "Time management was a key aspect at All Faiths’ as the building had to be completed whilst the school was operational. To achieve this we designed the extension to support a carefully scheduled construction process, working closely with the school’s head teacher to ensure key de


The new €23.6 million hi-tech ROCKPANEL production line just opened. Tougher requirements on energy performance, new building techniques and increasing requirements on architectural and aesthetic qualities have increased demand for solutions within facade cladding boards. Now production capacity is tripled. Aesthetic, easy-to-mount and durable facades has become a more and more popular product within a building industry where the requirements to sustainability, total installed cost and architectural qualities are constantly increasing. This week, the ROCKWOOL Group opens a new hi-tech line for production of facade cladding boards made from hard pressed stone wool fibers. The new production line will triple ROCKPANEL’s production capacity and enable the ROCKWOOL subsidiary company to continue its growth. The ROCKPANEL business has a annual revenue of more than 40 million EUR and a profit ratio well above the average in the ROCKWOOL Group. The new production line is base

Insulating Your Loft - Get ready for winter

As we draw nearer to winter and the nights are starting to get colder, it is probably worth considering your loft insulation and what you can do to improve it. The heat your home produces will rise, and this heat can escape through the roof if you do not have it insulated; you can buy all the materials you are going to need from our Online Store ; we ship fast and orders over £250 (inc VAT) are delivered carriage free to most areas of the UK. Many homes in the UK still do not have the recommended 270mm depth of mineral wool insulation required to give you effective energy loss prevention (although depending on what the insulation you are using is and what thermal values it has then you may find different thicknesses are required). Mineral wool insulation is estimated to be effective for at least 40 years - the savings you can make will pay for themselves in a much shorter time frame, and pay you back for years to come. If you assume that you have an average 44 metre square loft, yo

Kingspan first insulation to get BES 6001

The ability to demonstrate responsible sourcing back up the supply chain is becoming increasingly important in today’s competitive and environmentally aware market. Kingspan Insulation is proud to announce that it is the first insulation manufacturer to be certified to the demanding BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard. All Kooltherm, KoolDuct and Therma insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s British manufacturing facilities are now certified to BES 6001 ‘Very Good’. The BRE framework standard BES 6001 was developed to enable manufacturers to prove that their products have been made with constituent materials that have been responsibly sourced. The standard describes the organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social aspects that must be addressed in order to ensure the responsible sourcing of construction products. Kingspan gained every credit that is available in BES6

Kingspan News: Next generation insulation for exclusive development

A stylish purpose built development of three houses in Buckingham Road, Leeds is the latest project to benefit from OPTIM-R - an optimum performance Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) from market leaders Kingspan Insulation. With great links to the city centre and within walking distance of Headingley this exclusive project offers occupants the opportunity to benefit from city living in a leafy location.  Each of the three houses has two double bedrooms, one bathroom and a balcony. The Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System installed by APP Construction was the product of choice for architects West & Machell, as it ensured an even transition between the indoor and outdoor levels onto the balcony without losing space from the bedrooms below, whilst also attaining an impressive U-value of 0.14 W/m2.K. This was achieved using 40 mm of Kingspan OPTIM-R overlaid with 25 mm of Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC / FM. Steve Sullivan, Contracts Manager for APP Construction c


ECO SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON LONG-TERM SOCIAL VALUE, NOT SHORT-TERM ENERGY EFFICIENCY SAVINGS, SAYS PANEL OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS ROCKWOOL launches refurbishment and regeneration forum series to share ideas and best practice on making ECO a success ECO* funding has to meet the long-term property refurbishment needs of local authorities, not ‘merely’ act as a box ticking exercise to deliver short term energy savings improvements. That was the conclusion from the first of a series of roundtable debates, that provide a forum for local authorities and energy saving experts to share innovative ideas and best practice on how to kick start the retrofit revolution, hosted by energy efficiency solutions provider ROCKWOOL. Marking nearly nine months since ECO started, the first of the ROCKWOOL ECO roundtables took place on 10th September 2013, and following the discussions, ROCKWOOL has developed five ‘best practice’ guidelines on how to access ECO funding and to ensure the long


Energy efficient solutions provider ROCKWOOL is putting energy saving advice for residents at the heart of its projects with a series of events in the communities where it works. The first Energy Saving Community Fete, held at the Edward Woods estate in West London, saw residents receive advice from experts and learn more about the measures installed in their community. Held on 17 August, the fete involved several community groups, including: the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, HAFAD (Hammersmith & Fulham Action on Disability), Renaissance Skills Centre, London Plus Credit Union, British Gas’s Energy Expert team and Global Action Plan, which brought its ‘Energy Bike’ showing residents how much energy it takes to power commonly used household objects. Held on the green outside the local community centre, there was also a bouncy castle, face painting and a demonstration of how external wall insulation is installed. The Edward Woods estate is a landmark low carbon refurbis

Kingspan Insulation gives fire station the Weymouth Wave

A £6.5 million fire station has quickly become a local landmark thanks to its iconic wave-form roof, made possible with the use of over 5,000 m2 of Kingspan's high performance Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM insulation. Weymouth Community Fire Station is the first purpose built community fire station in the UK and replaces the town's outdated coast-front fire station. The new community station supplies Weymouth with first class fire response and a range of community facilities. These include a large café, several meeting rooms, an I.T. suite, gym and even a purpose built dance studio with sprung floors. One of the most technically challenging aspects of the project was the station's eye-catching wave-form roof. The design made Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM the ideal choice for the building as Graham Stevenson, Director at design practice Tetris Solutions, explained: "The wave-form roof was an integral part of our design for the station as it emphasises Weym

NIA leads the way for Solid Wall Insulation

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is leading the way in transforming the Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) market and is urging plasterers and dry liners interested in maximising the opportunities for external and internal wall insulation under the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to contact them without delay to find out about the support available to NIA members. With around 7 million uninsulated solid wall properties in the UK and continuing rising energy bills, it is recognised that a major increase in SWI installations is required under the Green Deal and ECO to support the achievement of the Government’s climate change targets and deliver major savings on consumer's energy bills. Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: "The NIA now has over 200 members which as well as insulation companies includes Green Deal Providers, Scheme Managers, energy suppliers and other key stakeholders within the UK Energy Efficiency Market. We r

Team Jolly win the world championships in France in the boat called Kingspan

Jo Aleh and Olivia “Polly” Powrie won the world championship women’s race in France after 8 races in their boat named Kingspan.   Team Jolly Racing is made up of Jo Aleh and Olivia “Polly” Powrie. After a three month stint sailing together in 2006-7 in a 420 – which they finished off by winning the 420 World Championships at Takapuna, NZ.  Jo and Polly joined forces again in late 2008, this time in the 470 with their eyes squarely focused on the 2012 London Olympics. After an impressive four years of campaigning, with multiple successes at World Cup and World Championship level, they topped it off by winning the Gold medal in style at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jo and Polly (Team Jolly) are now looking to the future, and are beginning their journey to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. See more at: Jo Aleh Age: 26 Date of Birth: 15 May 1986 Height: 171cm Weight: 58kg Residence:  Auckland, NZ.


ROCKWOOL has been recognised by RCT Homes, the largest registered social landlord in Wales, with an ‘Outstanding Partner’ award for its support and contribution to the refurbishment of the pavilion at Rhydyfelin AFC, the South Wales football club. The award was presented to ROCKWOOL’s Paul Williams, Business Development Manager, Refurbishment & Regeneration on 25th July at Pontypridd, South Wales. The refurbishment of the pavilion was part of RCT Homes’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, managed by its charitable arm, Meadow Prospect . Meadow Prospect delivers regeneration projects, and it enlisted ROCKWOOL’s services to provide 300m2 of REDArt EWI System to the initiative. It was vital to bring the derelict pavilion back to life, not only for the football club, but also for the wider community that uses the building for events. The work included a total electrical refit, new pluming, new partition walls, external wall insulation, new windows, floors, ki

Rockwool Insulation:Why talk about Energy Design?

The energy design of a building is the basis for its expected future dependency on fuel resources and consequently a considerable part of the expected future running costs. When building costs are discussed the argumentation is commonly limited to construction costs. With an increasing relevance of energy prices and more and more investors asking for certified buildings, operation costs and even costs for deconstruction become more and more relevant. Depending on the specific building parameters such as usage type and location, future costs can make up to 80% of the total lifetime costs of a building. A smart energy design does not only consider minimised heat loss via the building envelope so that very little energy supply is needed in operation, it also seeks to make best use of the building geometry, its thermal mass and how solar energy is efficiently made available for the building users. How is Smart Design achieved? A smart energy design aims at creating a comfortab

Successful first year for Rockwool Insulation's Volga factory

Successful first year for Volga factory The order book is full in Russia and the ROCKWOOL Group has seen exceptionally strong sales in the first quarter despite a difficult environment. It’s busy times at the ROCKWOOL Group’s factory in the Volga region. The factory was opened in April 2012 and, from the very start, it has been working at full capacity – 24 hours 7 days a week. “The establishment of the new factory was a wise and timely investment. After a harsh recession period, the construction and insulation markets are now back on track and showing good growth. This has created a great demand for thermal insulation, so the timing is just perfect,” says Managing Director in Russia, Nick Vince. He explains that the positive development is driven mainly by two things: namely increased building activity in the new ‘single family’ housing sector and the refurbishment of old soviet flats. Also energy efficiency is becoming an issue as oil and gas prices for consume

ROCKWOOL Group acquires BASF Wall Systems from BASF in Germany

Rockwool International A/S Company Announcement. The ROCKWOOL Group acquires the German facade insulation company BASF Wall Systems from BASF. The ROCKWOOL Group today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire BASF Wall Systems GmbH & Co. KG, which is a leading German system holder for external facade insulation (ETICS), owned by the BASF Group. Hedehusene, Denmark, 2013-07-18 13:20 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Release no. 6 -- 2013 To NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen A/S This is a translation of the Danish version. Only the Danish version is legally binding. ROCKWOOL INTERNATIONAL A/S Hovedgaden 584, Entrance C DK2640 Hedehusene Phone: +45 4656 0300 Danish CVR no: 54879415 18 July 2013 The ROCKWOOL Group acquires the German facade insulation company BASF Wall Systems from BASF The ROCKWOOL Group today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire BASF Wall Systems GmbH & Co. KG, whic

Rockwool News: Take-off in India

After a troublesome start the ROCKWOOL Group is now on the right track towards a long term profitable and sustainable business in India. 2012 was an interesting time for the operating company ROCKWOOL India, which is responsible for the Group’s activities across India and the Middle East. ROCKWOOL India celebrated its first full year with rapid growth in the Middle East, and the operation has moved quickly to benefit from substantial new investments in power and petrochemicals, and also the region’s large investments in infrastructure and construction. Production well on track. The last twelve months have also seen good progress in the company’s manufacturing operations, located at Dahej on the West coast of Gujarat State. This includes rapid increase in available capacity and very significant improvement in manufacturing skills and quality, all fully in line with the Group’s global targets. “It’s no secret that the start of our manufacturing operations was a challenge

The benefits of using durable Rockwool Insulation - Nothing lasts like solid rock

All ROCKWOOL® stone wool insulation is made from rock, making it naturally durable and stable over the lifetime of a building. This means it never needs replacing. The unique physical structure of ROCKWOOL® keeps its shape and toughness, and it is not affected by changes in temperature or humidity. ROCKWOOL® insulation is dimensionally stable: it just keeps performing, decade after decade. ROCKWOOL® can also be used to create products that withstand sustained or heavy loads. Millions of square metres of concrete floors have been laid on top of ROCKWOOL® insulation all over the world (with no evidence of long term creeping). ROCKWOOL® also delivers excellent thermal performance as well. ROCKWOOL® insulation derives its excellent thermal properties from tiny pockets of air trapped within the physical structure of the stone wool. FIT IT AND FORGET IT ROCKWOOL® continues to work throughout the lifetime of the building. As well as reducing the heat needed to k