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Sobell Development Leads the Field with Kingspan Pipe Insulation

Kingspan Industrial Insulation Ltd’s Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation System has been installed as part of a multi-million pound education and sports development in South Wales, helping the project towards its goal of BREEAM ‘Excellent’. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £50m redevelopment of the Ynys site in Aberdare combines a ‘super-school’, with capacity for 1600 students, and high quality indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a state-of-the-art leisure centre which will be used as training centre for the National Diving Development Centre for Wales. Laing O’Rourke oversaw the phased construction programme, with the new leisure centre completed before the existing building was demolished. Both Aberdare Community School and Sobell Leisure Centre have been pre-assessed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and the Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation System helped contribute, directly and indirectly, to the award of these ratings. Atkins specified the premium performance system for hot a

Kingspan set the Responsible Sourcing Benchmark

As part of its forward thinking approach to responsible sourcing, Kingspan Insulation was one of the earliest adopters of the BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard. Now the firm has gone even further, becoming the first insulation manufacturer to have its products certified as ‘Excellent’ under BES 6001. The rigorous standard, developed by BRE Global, provides a detailed framework of the processes which must be addressed to ensure responsible sourcing of construction materials. These include organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social elements. Once the certificate has been awarded, key data is verified annually by the BRE . Following its most recent audit under issue 3.0 of BES 6001, all Kooltherm , KoolDuct and Therma insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s facilities in Pembridge and Selby have now been certified to the ‘Excellent’ level. The certification provides clear, ind


Earlier this year, fifty 7 to 8 year old students from Oldcastle Primary School visited the Woodland Cabin at ROCKWOOL in Bridgend to understand how insulation is made, and how Natural Resources Wales (NRW) supports the Welsh environment. ROCKWOOL has a long standing relationship with NRW, which ensures the environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained and used, now and in the future. ROCKWOOL established this partnership to allow NRW to run educational visits in the diverse woodland on the ROCKWOOL site. With the support of STEMnet, school teachers, the ROCKWOOL environment team and the NRW education team, children from Oldcastle Primary School enjoyed a tour of the woodland and the local environment. The group learnt how a local NRW regulated factory melts rocks into lava, passed it through a ‘candy floss machine’ and turns it into insulation. They discovered why insulating houses was important to stop heat loss, and had the chance to search for spide


As work progresses on the refurbishment and super-insulation of three 11 storey social housing blocks at Wilmcote House in Portsmouth, ROCKWOOL has revealed preliminary findings from resident research carried out by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as part of the project. These early results demonstrate the urgent need for renovation at Wilmcote House to address concerns with fuel poverty, energy leakage and tenant health and also endorse the positive community engagement practised by Portsmouth City Council on the project. The Council’s whole building refurbishment of the 107 maisonettes at Wilmcote House , a building originally constructed in 1968, will dramatically improve residents’ standard of living, increase comfort levels and reduce fuel costs. The project involves the deep retrofit and installation of multiple insulation measures, including ROCKWOOL external wall insulation. Lead architects for the project, ECD, target that on completion of w

Kingspan Recognised as Leader For Corporate Action on Climate Change

Kingspan CEO Gene Murtagh Calls for Strong Global Agreement at COP 21 in Paris Kingspan has been identified as a global leader for its actions and strategies in response to climate change and has been awarded a position on The Climate “A” List by CDP, the international not-for-profit that measures environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. 113 “A Listers” appear on the 2015 list, which has been produced at the request of 822 investors who represent more than a third of the world’s invested capital, and over $95 trillion of assets under management. Nearly 2,000 companies submitted information to be independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology, and the list features some of the world’s best known companies including Apple, Microsoft and Google, the three largest by market capitalization. Kingspan is among 5% of the corporations participating in CDP’s climate change program to be awarded a position on the Climate A List, in recognition of its a