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Kingspan Tarec and BREEAM

Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation can achieve a BRE A+ rating. An ecoprofile, certified by BRE Certification to the 2008 BRE Environmental Profiles Methodology, has been created for Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation under certificate number 495. Details can be found on the GreenBook Live website here . BREEAM Launched in 1990, BREEAM is the world’s leading environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Today, 200,000 buildings have certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million more are registered for assessment. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. BREEAM addresses wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers, designers and building managers to demonstrate the environmental cred

Case Study: Birmingham opens a new chapter with Kingspan Tarec

Kooltherm® Pipe Insulation from Kingspan Tarec was the product of choice to insulate pipework at the prestigious new Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe. In stark contrast to its concrete predecessor, Mecanoo's design makes maximum use of natural light with an eye-catching façade combining glass and interlocking aluminium hoops.  Inside over 400,000 books are available on the shelves on the public floors and the building delivers the energy performance to match its looks with a design stage BREEAM '&Excellent' Rating. Kingspan Tarec Kooltherm® Pipe Insulation was specified for the project as part of this sustainable approach. The product is specially designed for insulating pipework and equipment operating within a temperature range -50°C to +120°C, and can attain thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m·K. As a result it was able to provide the required thermal performance with a minimal solution thickness. Brian Gambles, Director o


From 12-15 May, approximately 100 Nordic firefighters are gathered in Copenhagen to share experiences about the increasing challenges that firefighters are facing in their work. ROCKWOOL International A/S is the main sponsor of the Nordic Firefighters’ Training Days, which takes place at the Frederiksberg fire station. Energy efficiency and energy renovation are at the top of the agenda in many European countries. But even though this development, in general, is welcomed by the construction industry, politicians and consumers, it also contains some challenges. With the higher standards for energy efficiency and the ambition to fulfil them, there is a risk of compromise on the fire safety of buildings, not least with direct consequences for firefighters and their working methods. These challenges in particular will be addressed at the Nordic Firefighters’ Training Days in Copenhagen by Birgitte Messerschmidt, Public Affairs Manager for Fire Safety at ROCKWOOL International A/S an

Over 300 'historically interesting' Lambeth households to receive external wall insulation

A partnership between Lambeth Living and British Gas has seen more than 1,500 Lambeth households receive cavity wall insulation, with over 300 homes set to receive external wall insulation in the summer. The home improvements, which form part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative, will see thousands of residents save money on their gas and electricity bills and reduce the carbon footprint of the region. External wall insulation alone can save homeowners up to £490 every year by keeping their properties warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer . After completing cavity wall insulation upgrades in the region, the partnership received a planning permit to add external wall cladding to 350 'historically interesting' properties. ECO Project Manager Nick Simmons explained that the houses - on Clapham's Cedar Road - look similar to Mediterranean holiday homes. He said the partnership initially thought it would be unable to add external wall insulation

Kingspan Tarec® Gets CIBSE Approval

Kingspan Tarec has introduced a new CIBSE approved CPD to explore how premium performance pipe insulation can assist design and construction of energy efficient buildings. A new CIBSE approved CPD seminar has been introduced by Kingspan Tarec®, examining how high performance insulated pipework systems can benefit the design, construction and maintenance of energy efficient buildings. The CPD provides an overview of the different HVAC / building services insulation options before focusing on premium performance phenolic systems, which offer enhanced fire performance along with the lowest lambda of any regularly used solution. As a result, the desired thermal performance can be met with a minimal product thickness, resulting in lighter solutions which can be installed more quickly and allow pipework to be designed and fitted closer together. The seminar covers all aspects of compliance with the latest regulations and technical guidance including ADL 2013; and provides an overvie

The Big Energy Idea

The Big Energy Idea supports ambitious energy entrepreneurs, giving them business support, powerful connections and the potential to secure a minimum of £50k investment from Ignite to deliver social impact at scale. At the inaugural event held at Centrica’s head offices on 29 and 30 April 2014, the successful Big Energy Ideas were selected. The 10 entrepreneurs will now work with an expert team from the energy sector to raise investment in their ventures in order to grow their companies and scale the social impact of their work. The 10 final Big Energy ideas are: Brackenburn: Based in the South West, Brackenburn has created new technology that enables the use of locally harvested brack to produce briquettes for wood burning stoves. Co-Wheels: Based in North East, UK wide, Co-Wheels is the first registered social enterprise that focuses on making personal mobility accessible for lower income communities while reducing car use. Energy Box: Based in Soho, Energy