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Showing posts from February, 2015

Kingspan KoolDuct System: taking a weight off your mind

A new report from Kingspan Insulation has shown that pre-insulated ductwork, fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System, can provide a weight saving of up to 75% when compared with traditional ductwork systems, offering the potential for significant time and cost savings. This significant weight reduction can enable faster installations, with reduced labour requirements. It can also allow the constraints on structural loading, typical in retrofit applications, to be overcome without the need for costly secondary supports. This cutting edge system comprises premium performance Kingspan KoolDuct panels, fabrication methods, coupling systems and a complete line of accessories to produce pre-insulated rectangular HVAC ductwork. Products Kingspan KoolDuct Pre-insulated Ductwork (Straight Sections & Fittings) Kingspan KoolDuct Pre-insulated Plenum Boxes Duct Wall Thicknesses 30 mm Mean Air Velocity (Max.) 25.4 m/s

Visit Kingspan Tarec® at the Building Centre

Kingspan Tarec®, manufacturer of the market leading Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation System, will be running a CIBSE approved CPD roadshow on the 23rd April to accompany its new stand at The Building Centre in London. Sponsored by the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) the roadshow is divided into three separate one hour long seminars; morning, lunchtime and afternoon with food and drink provided at each. Each seminar will include an overview of TICA and will look in detail at the benefits of high performance insulation and all aspects of compliance along with the long-term cost savings, energy savings and Building Information Modelling (BIM).  A representative from the BRE will also provide an overview of the benefits of the new BREEAM 2014 scheme. To sign up for any of the three CPD sessions get in touch or fill in the online application form here: If you aren’t able to make it to the event, or would like to discuss in deta


Chairman of the Board Bjørn Høi Jensen comments on the current status and future directions for the ROCKWOOL Group as presented in the Annual Report 2014 . "Despite much turmoil in the world economy, the ROCKWOOL Group sales grew by a solid 8.9% in 2014 and delivered EUR 205.5 million cash from our operations. Helped by two major acquisitions and strong performances in North America, Eastern Europe and Russia, the year was another testimony to the growth potential of our stone wool businesses." "Strong growth needs to go hand in hand with healthy profitability and steady cash flow to finance the growth. For the Board, it has been paramount to ensure that the Group’s successful expansion over the last decade continues with even more focus on leveraging the potential of its many different business units across the globe. This was behind the decision to bring on board a new CEO with solid management experience gained at one of the world’s largest industrial companies.

Kingspan Optim-R Provides Luxury Finish to Mixed-Use Development

A new mixed-use development located in the highly desirable London Fields area of the capital is the latest project to benefit from the optimum thermal performance of the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System. For over a decade the plot on Mentmore Terrace had stood vacant and was used only for occasional unpermitted parking. USE Architects partnered local developer Albion Homes to create the new 5 storey building which uses a concrete frame innovative corian rainscreen cladding to reflect the industrial heritage of the local area. At the top of the property is a luxury 3 bedroom penthouse, complete with a spacious roof terrace. To maintain the building’s clean aesthetic, USE Architects needed a slim-line insulation product which would allow them to achieve a compliant U-value for the terrace without exceeding the internal floor height. This led them to specify the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System. By utilising vacuum technology, Kingspan


New distribution centres recently opened by Amazon mark the internet giant’s first venture into Poland, as part of its ongoing expansion in Europe. Amazon currently controls similar facilities in seven different European countries, with this latest investment being supplied, for the first time, by The ROCKWOOL Group. The venture includes three new facilities, including two just outside of Wroclaw and one in Sady, nearby to Poznan. Prior to the developments, Poland’s dealings with Amazon were supplied from other operational facilities in surrounding countries, but with a new found presence in Poland, Amazon are able to more efficiently distribute their products in the area; while the westerly location of the facilities will also serve to support operations outside of Poland in neighbouring countries. ROCKWOOL Poland’s participation in the projects lasted 4 months, during which time Amazon received a supply of both flat roof and HVAC insulation: the latter - offering heating, ve


High Rise Hope Revisited: The social implications of upgrading the energy efficiency of large estates In 2012 the London School for Economics and ROCKWOOL published High Rise Hope, a path-breaking investigation into the social impact of whole building energy efficiency refurbishments in residential tower blocks. Following this research, LSE Housing and Communities went back to the Edward Woods estate in Shepherd’s Bush, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, to re-interview residents once the upgrading work was complete. High Rise Hope Revisited highlights lessons learned and the potential social and community impact from transforming a 1960s local authority housing estate into a landmark retrofitted high rise model of social housing. The project provides many invaluable lessons for large-scale energy efficiency schemes showing how energy saving can help take millions of people out of fuel poverty, if accompanied by support and advice to help tenants cut energy use.

Grand Design cliff hanger for Kingspan

Situated just metres from a crumbling cliff face; Cefn Castell is definitely not your average three bedroom house but for owners Kay and Rob Hodgson, the spectacular location was everything they’d been looking for. The stunning property has been featured on the latest series of Grand Designs and includes a number of Kingspan Insulation products on the roof, floor and walls.  The unusual plot, situated on the west coast of Wales, had previously been home to a 400 year old farm house ruin. Whilst the couple considered rebuilding the property, its close proximity to the cliff edge made this impossible. Instead they hired architects stephenson:ISA Studio to design the new house that reflects dramatic modernist principals. To maximise its lifespan, the building has been constructed as far as possible from the cliff edge and after an extensive survey is expected to last for at least 80-100 years. Despite its limited life expectancy, the Hodgson’s were determined to do justice to th

Armacell acquires OneFlex, a leading Turkish insulation materials manufacturer

Strengthening of globally leading market position in flexible insulation materials Expanding Armacell´s footprint across the growth regions of Middle East, Africa and Southeastern Europe Continuous development of internationalisation and growth strategy Armacell , a world leader in flexible insulation foams for the equipment insulation market and also a leading provider of engineered foams, has acquired the Turkish insulation materials manufacturer OneFlex (Das Yalitim Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi). This acquisition significantly strengthens Armacell’s position in Turkey, where the company previously has been represented by a domestic licensee. It also expands Armacell’s footprint to other countries across the regions of the Middle East, Africa and Southeastern Europe. This investment reflects another step in the consistent delivery of Armacell’s internationalization strategy to maintain its global leadership in the market for flexible insulation materials and eng