What is an EPD?

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We are often asked what EPD Tier our insulation products fall under.

Firstly, let’s remind ourselves of what an EPD is. Simply put, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is the tool used to communicate the outcome of a Life Cycle Read the rest

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Flat roof constructions

Flat roofs
When building a flat roof, it is vital that a degree of falls is built into the construction to ensure rainwater run-off.

The definition of a flat roof, according to BS 6229, is “having a pitch less than 10oRead the rest

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What is an inverted roof?

Inverted roof build-up
…And how is it constructed?

An inverted roof is quite simply where the waterproofing layer is installed over the structural deck rather than over the insulation.

Rigid extruded polystyrene insulation has minimal water absorption due to its closed cell structure. … Read the rest

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How do you deal with acoustics in buildings?

Acoustics - rain impact noise
An acoustic engineer should be consulted for guidance on how to insulate building elements to achieve particular acoustic goals and to provide acoustic calculations. But here we will explain two important phenomenon that you may come across when dealing with… Read the rest
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What is acoustics?

Acoustics graphic
You may think that insulation is installed just to help with retaining heat or regulating temperatures, but it can also be useful in controlling the movement of sound in buildings.

Acoustics is a scientific term concerning the properties of sound.… Read the rest

Date: June 6, 2017
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What is an exposed perimeter?

Tape measure exposed perimeter
…And how do I work it out?

When trying to identify the thickness of insulation required to insulate a floor, many of us are faced with the onerous task of calculating the perimeter / area (P/A) ratio.

While establishing the … Read the rest

Date: June 1, 2017
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Final Friday Five

Polling station - General election 2017

This month’s Final Friday Five focuses, somewhat unsurprisingly, on the weather and the upcoming General Election – with a few guest appearances from other notable topics…

It’s been hot this week…

…Right?!

Temperatures have reached the late 20s and, while … Read the rest

Date: May 26, 2017
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Installing insulation between timber studwork – retrofit

Installing insulation between timber studwork - case study
Offices in industrial mills, modern flats in village churches and even Victorian water towers converted into homes, the last decade has seen an increasing number of period properties brought back to life in one form or another.

The external aesthetic … Read the rest

Date: May 17, 2017
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Insulating timber frame – new build

Timber frame insulation
Quality has become a key watch word in the UK construction industry, and particularly within housebuilding, in recent years.

In 2016, the BRE launched the Home Quality Mark, a voluntary standard designed to provide consumers with information about the … Read the rest

Date: May 10, 2017
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Back to the future – the revival of timber frame construction

Timber frame
From Metropolis to Minority Report, set designers have been imagining the buildings of the future for well over a century. The built environments are dominated by man-made materials such as steel and concrete.  It’s ironic, therefore, that to solve Britain’s… Read the rest
Date: May 4, 2017
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