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Nationwide LABC approval for Kingspan Tarec®

Kingspan Tarec®’s Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation is the only pipe insulation to hold an LABC Warranty and LABC Registered Detail in England, Scotland and Wales. Kingspan Tarec®’s premium performance Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation can now help to speed up installations and cut down paperwork both north and south of the border having become the only dedicated pipe insulation product to hold an LABC Warranty. Combined with its existing LABC Registered Detail, the new LABC Warranty confirms that Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation has been rigorously assessed by building control surveyors and complies with the relevant requirements of the English and Welsh Building Regulations and Scottish Building Standards. As a result, local authority building control surveyors across Britain do not need to repeat the checking and approval process for the product, fast-tracking projects and saving costs for all parties. The new certificate can be downloaded from the LABC website along with a fact she


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


Bridgend-based ROCKWOOL Ltd, leader in stone wool insulation, is celebrating the retention of its status as 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. The accreditation marks a validation of ROCKWOOL’s efforts to improve business efficiency, achieve a sustainable future and meet its corporate social responsibility goals. PAS 402:2013 requires a waste resource management organisation to report how it conducts its waste management activities and the landfill diversion and materials recovery rates it achieves. ROCKWOOL is subject to a stringent evaluation, assessing its environmental, quality and health and safety performance, practices, procedures and policies as part of this asse


ROCKWOOL® have won the highly commended John Connell Innovation award for their innovative, highly specified acoustic products. Just over a quarter of UK adults are adversely affected by noise*. The Noise Abatement Society helps find practical solutions and champions vital advances in noise reduction for the public benefit. ROCKWOOL have received a Highly Commended John Connell Innovation Award for their innovative, highly specified acoustic products. The ROCKWOOL trade range includes rolls, compression-resistant roofing boards, bonded panels and a large selection of specialist materials. In fact, everything required to thermally insulate roofs, external walls, separating walls, internal partitioning and floors. ROCKWOOL products are made from open, porous stone mineral wool, a natural material that provides unrivalled durability, protecting against unwanted noise and fire. ROCKWOOL’s products are amongst the most effective acoustic insulators used in constru

Kingspan Tarec® helps Dunlop make themselves at home

Dunlop Systems and Components recently moved from its historic Holbrook Lane site to a new 60,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility at nearby Prologis Park, Coventry which is benefitting from Kingspan Tarec®’s premium performance Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation. Situated on a 5 acre site, this new facility has achieved an EPC ‘A’ 21 rating and BREEAM 2011 ‘Very Good’ accreditation. 1,000 linear metres of Kingspan Tarec® Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation were installed on the on the heating and domestic services pipework as well as on the supply vent ductwork across the building by M&E Contractors, P&R Morson. Michael Slevin, Senior Contract Manager at P&R Morson commented “We were delighted with both the product and service we received from Kingspan Tarec.  Their technical assistance with regards to the BREEAM requirements was extremely useful and we experienced a trouble free installation with the product.” Products from Kingspan Environmental were

CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 14 categories of the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 was revealed last Tuesday (28th October 2014). A special reception to announce the shortlist was held at the end of the first day of CIBSE's new flagship Conference and Exhibition: Leadership in Building Performance, at the QEII Conference Centre in London. "What sets our Awards apart is that they are focused very firmly on assessing how buildings actually perform." Hywel Davies, Chair of the Judging Panel  The Building Performance Awards Judging Panel said that they had been impressed with the reach and quality of entrants in all of this year’s Award categories. It was for example the first time three entries from Australasia had been shortlisted in the International Project of the Year category. In the new Lighting for Building Performance award category, the judging panel particularly praised the “inventive” entrants, saying that they would set an example for other buildings t


A new order for Abu Dhabi’s TAKREER refinery project provides an excellent example on the huge business opportunities in the Middle East. The ROCKWOOL Group has since 2010 seen a steady growth in this region. With 54% of the world’s total oil reserves lying in the Middle East, it is pertinent that a sustainable measure be employed in processing the raw resource to prevent both environmental damage and future energy supply crises. A new sense of urgency to adapt more sustainable business methods is starting to win ground in this region, which has otherwise built a successful and expanding economy almost solely on its oil and natural gas reserves. In the United Arab Emirates the ROCKWOOL Group is playing its role by supplying insulation to Abu Dhabi’s TAKREER refinery project. The finished construction will increase production in Ruwais where already a host of refineries and processing plants constitute an industrial complex initially opened in 1982. The latest addition to be su

Kingspan Supplies Complete Renewable Energy Package at Leading UK Industrial Park

The owners of Prologis Park , an industrial estate in Coventry wanted a complete renewable energy package to ensure energy efficiency across its 1.5 million ft2 site, primarily used for warehousing. With sustainability a key design factor throughout the development of this Park specifically, and all Prologis Parks generally, passive, low-energy design is essential along with sensitive use of water resources. In order to meet its performance specification the decision was taken to install a solar thermal system to boost its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The complex is now heated by one of the highest performing solar thermal collectors in the world, generating up to 70 per cent of its hot water needs. A Kingspan Envireau rainwater harvesting system provides all the water for the park's WCs. Pipe insulation by Kingspan Tarec has contributed to reduced heat loss and lower energy costs. Prologis Park in Coventry is one of the country's most success


ROCKWOOL International A/S comments on today’s announcement from the European Council that it has set an indicative energy efficiency target for 2030 of meagre 27%. Commenting on Thursday's announcement  from the European Council that it has set an indicative energy efficiency target for 2030 of meagre 27%, Susanne Dyrbøl, Public Affairs Manager, at ROCKWOOL International stated: “We are extremely disappointed in today’s decision. This highly unambitious target is truly a missed opportunity for boosting the prosperity of European citizens, for job creation, for economic growth and for improving Europe’s ability to deal with geo-political energy shocks. Today’s announcement by the European Council to set only an indicative energy efficiency target for the next decade of meagre 27% is at best business as usual. It can in no way be seen as a strong political signal that Europe wants to retain its global leadership position in energy efficiency or that the prosperity of Europ


CEO of the ROCKWOOL Group, Eelco van Heel posted a comment on the business web site 21 October 2014 where he calls for the European Council to show leadership and approve on an ambitious energy savings target this week. As a leading global insulation company based in Denmark, making most of our income by providing solutions to save energy, we are saddened to realise that most of our growth opportunities are now placed outside the EU. Despite the huge untapped energy savings potential in the EU, our latest investments in new insulation factories or acquisitions of insulation activities have taken place in China, India, Russia, and the US. On October 23-24, European Heads of State or Government will take a landmark decision on Europe's energy future when they vote, amongst other things, on the ambition level for energy efficiency improvements for the coming decade. This decision will not only shape the future prosperity of European citizens and the growth p

European Alliance to Save Energy call for an EU binding energy savings target for 2030

49 companies and business associations are sending an open letter to the European Council calling for an EU binding energy savings target for 2030. The letter is sent to the attention of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi who is currently holding the rotating EU presidency of the Council of the EU. Dear President, Dear Prime Minister, In the coming days the European Council decision on the 2030 climate and energy package will be finalised. Despite a wide understanding of the importance of energy efficiency in delivering European security, prosperity and climate action, this is not yet been turned into a concrete and ambitious political commitment. A binding energy efficiency target of at least 40% on final energy is a key element for delivering a credible European 2030 climate and energy package. At a time of competitiveness concerns and fears about the affordability of the package, energy efficiency offers a

Kingspan KoolDuct for UK's largest Passivhaus standard residential development

Chester Balmore, the UK's largest residential scheme so far designed to meet the demanding Passivhaus Standard, is the latest project to benefit from the premium performance Kingspan KoolDuct System. Situated in the leafy streets of Highgate, the 53 units, developed for Camden Council by Willmott Dixon and designed by Rick Mathers Architects, are being built as part of Camden’s Community Investment Programme (CIP) to invest in homes, schools and community facilities. Designed and built to keep energy consumption to a minimum, these ultra-modern homes enable occupants to reduce energy bills without compromising on the comfort expected at home. To help achieve the stringent Passivhaus standard, over 1,200 m2 of The Kingspan KoolDuct System was installed by RDS Projects Ltd throughout the residential units, helping to deliver perfect airflow through the Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery System. Paul Mullin of Rick Mathers Architects commented “The aim of this proj


Today, ROCKWOOL International A/S, the world’s leading provider of stone wool insulation , has been recognised by CDP as a Nordic leader for climate change transparency. Claus Bugge Garn, VP Public Affairs, ROCKWOOL International A/S, said:“We are proud to be included in the coveted Nordic CDP Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, having improved our score from 86 to 95 points. However, with just eight days before EU’s Heads of States take a critical decision on the energy efficiency and GHG emissions target for the next decade, it is extremely urgent for us to appeal for political leadership. It will be a huge, missed opportunity if the Heads of States fail to raise the bar from the utterly insufficient  30% efficiency target proposed by the EU Commission. A binding target of 40% energy savings by 2030 needs to be set if we are to keep the leadership position on efficiency, which Europe have had in the past.” The EU Commission’s impact assessment shows a 40% efficiency target wi


The new ground-breaking facility features ROCKWOOL insulation ’s multi-benefit system to improve both comfort and fire safety. On 14 October, the Singapore Sports Hub played host to an international friendly between footballing giants Brazil and Japan, showcasing some of the world’s most coveted sports stars. With the likes of Neymar and Kagawa participating, excited fans  purchased over 30,000 tickets for the event held at the new €600 million National Stadium. Juventus FC, the most successful Italian football club in history, took on the Singapore national team in an inaugural match at the Sports Hub in August of this year, and since then, the state-of-the-art stadium has hosted numerous sporting events, most notably the Rugby World Cup 10’s. However, it is future prospects that take precedence, with the SEA Games 2015 planning to utilise the arena in Singapore as its main location. Singapore Sports Hub with ROCKWOOL® insulation ROCKWOOL Singapore’s contribution to t


Claus Bugge Garn, VP and energy efficiency expert, at ROCKWOOL International A/S: “Europe’s energy future is at a crossroads. It might seem obvious that Europe would desire more economic growth and jobs, lower energy imports and costs, less energy poverty, and even less CO 2 . Energy efficiency can deliver all that cost effectively, but when it comes to actions and to setting the ambition level for 2030 then now is the last-minute call for political leadership.” In just two weeks, the European Council of Ministers will decide on its 2030 energy savings target. The European Parliament has already voted in favour of a binding 40% energy savings target for 2030. But this summer, the European Commission proposed to lower the energy savings target to just 30%, yet even the European Commission’s own impact assessment has shown that an even higher energy savings target can deliver  many more benefits ; including energy security, reduction of energy import dependency, more jobs and grea


Leading industries call for 40% binding energy efficiency target. The 2030 Climate & Energy Package and the EU Energy Security Strategy both feature top of the political agendas ahead of the Ministerial Council on 23rd October. The 28 EU Heads of State have been asked to undertake stress-tests in order to assess their capacity to react in case of disruptions to energy supplies from foreign imports this winter. In a letter addressed to the 28 Heads of State, three leading industry associations explain that “A wide-scale deep renovation of the building stock across the EU could drastically reduce EU energy imports with no higher costs than other supply-oriented solutions.  Indeed, given that the building sector is the highest user of gas, reducing our dependence on gas should start with cutting energy waste in buildings”. Ensuring that a binding energy efficiency target of at least 40% is secured within the 2030 Energy & Climate Package is a pre-requisite to triggering p


ROCKWOOL won the Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2014 and then went on to scoop the Bridgend Business of the Year Award. ROCKWOOL have been shortlisted for the Large Manufacturing Business of the Year Award at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2014. The introduction of our unique flat roofing solution formed the basis of the application. Introducing a single product which is compatible with a range of different finishes provides a cost effective and flexible solution for contractors while also reducing waste and improving factory efficiencies. Cllr John Bowman of Llanharan Community Council wrote a letter of support for ROCKWOOL’s application following our support for the refurbishment of Llanharan Welfare Hall. By lending our commitment to  improve the energy efficiency of the hall by donating our External Wall Insulation system, the Llanharan Recreation Ground Trust were able to secure the additional funding required  to carry out a comp

NOMATEC TUFF PAD for safe play areas and scaffolding protection

NOMATEC® Tuff Pad are co-extruded round foams with a re-inforced outer skin which offers various applications. Ideal to protect your children while playing and climbing on playgrounds, trampolines or other games areas. NOMATEC® Tuff Pad is designed to prevent injuries and ensure a safe environment. They cover the complete metallic structure and provide a long term protection. NOMATEC® Tuff Pad is also suitable for other applications where exposed metal poles and edges can cause injuries, such as on scaffolding. Product features PE-LD Foam / Outer skin PE-LD Density 30 kg/m3 ± 2 kg/m3 Supplied as lengths Water absorption < 1 - vol.% after 40 days 100% recyclable UV resistant Conform with Norm EN 71-3 Pre-slit - for easy use Available in other colours on request Washable If you are looking for a more simple scaffold protection foam, you might like to consider the NOMAFOAM Scaffold padding


The UN Climate Change Summit in New York, which begins on Tuesday 23rd September 2014, is being billed as the last-minute call for bringing climate change negotiations back on track before global warming reaches a point of no return. However ROCKWOOL International is appealing to global leaders to put political differences aside and unite to put real actions in place which will combat the global climate change challenge. Claus Bugge Garn, VP Group Public Affairs, at ROCKWOOL International, and international expert for energy efficiency, states:“ Millions of people are feeling the effects of extreme weather conditions, and high costs are too frequently used as an excuse for not daring to take appropriate measures against climate change. This is absurd, it is well known that energy efficiency is the most effective means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and at the same time stimulate economic growth.” “Just a few days ago a report issued by the International Energy Ag

Stonehenge goes high TEK with Kingspan

The largest construction project Stonehenge has seen for several millennia was completed last December with the opening of the prestigious new visitor centre. The building delivers excellent thermal performance thanks, in part, to the  Kingspan TEK ®  Building System  and Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM . Marking the culmination of over 20 years of planning from English Heritage, the single-storey centre comprises two self-contained pods and a ticket-booth, unified beneath a gently undulating canopy. Project architects Denton Corker Marshall specified the Kingspan TEK ®  Building System for the exterior walls of the south pod, containing exhibition spaces; the interior walls of the north pod, containing a café and retail space; the ticket booth and an ancillary building. Constructed from high performance structural insulated panels (SIPs), the System can achieve whole wall U-values of 0.21 W/m 2 .K and below; and was designed, pre-cut and installed to the project’

Flintshire County Council Uses Rockwool to clad historic Dee Cottages

A tightly grouped housing development, less than 500m from the south bank of the Dee estuary, Dee Cottages is an early example of corporate involvement in housing design directly associated with the arrival of the Courtaulds company during the closing years of the First World War. Then one of the preeminent names in British textile manufacture, the company made Flint home to one of its principal rayon manufacturing plants, and in 1918 began construction of Dee cottages to provide accommodation for employees and their families. Part of the Chester Street character area spanning the main road east of the town, this distinctive series of 42, markedly uniform, two-bedroom terraced cottages is today managed by Flintshire County Council, providing safe and secure supported housing to enable older and vulnerable people to live independently within their own homes. Fact File Location: Dee Cottages, Flint, North Wales Owner: Flintshire Council   Funder: N Power Main Contractor: Wa