Guest Blog ROCKWOOL – Quiet please!

Guest Blog ROCKWOOL – Quiet please!

Paul Barrett, Product Manager at ROCKWOOL® Ltd looks at acoustic issues in educational buildings and explains how selecting the right insulation can help contractors meet best practice requirements and deliver additional cost saving and fire safety advantages.  Acoustics Matter Acoustics in educational buildings matter. It’s imperative that ambient noise is kept as low as possible to minimise intrusion and distraction in these environments. It’s no surprise that studies consistently show that quieter classrooms and workplaces…

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Mapei Blog – Imperial War Museum Case Study

Mapei Blog – Imperial War Museum Case Study

CCF BRINGS MODERN FLOORING SOLUTION TO THE HISTORIC IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM When London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM) planned its £35 million refurbishment transformation in commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the museum turned to Mapei, Polished Concrete Designs and CCF – a leading interior building products distributor – to provide a sound flooring solution fit for the prestigious building. CCF worked alongside the manufacturer and installer during the major redevelopment project to…

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Guest Blog ROCKWOOL – Fire Stopping solutions

Guest Blog ROCKWOOL – Fire Stopping solutions

Rob Wakefield, Technical Fire Protection Manager at ROCKWOOL, outlines why contractors need to place careful consideration on the products used to insulate wall and floor voids. As many contractors and ration of the design and potential fire risk in buildings is imperative. In particular, emphasis on fire containment to allow safe evacuation, reduce the risk of fire spread to other buildings, and enable access for fire fighters is of supreme importance when working on new or…

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Kingspan Guest Blog: Cavity Walls – The Future

Kingspan Guest Blog: Cavity Walls – The Future

Cavity Walls – The Future Back in 2011, the RIBA carried out an extensive survey of modern homes and homebuyer’s opinions towards therm. The report showed that for people who would consider purchasing a new-build home, energy efficiency was the most important benefit, whilst for 60% of people who would not consider a new-build home, small room sizes was the key draw-back. These results neatly summarise the dilemma developers currently face. With demand continuing to…

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TLX Timber-Frame Wall Insulation

TLX Timber-Frame Wall Insulation

Timber-Frame Wall Insulation Timber-frame construction in the UK is based on factory-made structural elements. The timber-framed wall panels carry building loads to the foundations while the outer cladding provides decoration and weather protection. The construction method readily incorporates high levels of thermal insulation to conserve energy and cut heating costs. Timber framing offers designers plenty of flexibility over layout and external appearance. For cladding, the choice is wide: brick, stone or lightweight claddings such as…

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Knauf Cavity Wall Insulation

Knauf Cavity Wall Insulation

Full-Fill Cavity Walls Full-fill cavity walls are the most popular method of insulation. Roughly 55% of all new build cavity walls are fully-filled. If you include refurbishments, it takes the total to 85% of all residential cavity walls.  The reason is simple: filling a cavity with mineral wool offers substantial savings compared to partial-fill solutions – sometimes as much 50%. You’ll be able to achieve the thermal performance required by the Building Regulations while saving anything up to £535…

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Rockwool Flat Roof Insulation

Rockwool Flat Roof Insulation

Flat Roof A flat roof with a single-ply membrane (SPM) typically consists of a structural deck with a vapour-control layer, thermal insulation, and a polymeric single-ply membrane top sheet. With proper installation and good maintenance, these durable materials have a life expectancy of up to 30 years. Materials that are lightweight and easy to handle help reduce the costs. They need less structural support and are cheaper to transport. For a safer installation, try bonding the membrane to the substrate…

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Kay Metzeler Flooring Insulation

Kay Metzeler Flooring Insulation

Solid floor insulation comes in two types: • Above-the-concrete slab: The most common solution is suitable for use with underfloor heating systems • Below-the-concrete slab: Often specified for commercial applications with a heavy flow of footfall or machinery Suspended floor insulation comes in two types: Over suspended concrete beams: Frequently used in new-build and residential dwelling Over suspended timber beams: Can be constructed to Robust Details Kay-Cel Super Plus Kay Metzeler’s Kay-Cel Super Plus is a…

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Guest Blog – DOW Floormate Hill Barn Case Study

Guest Blog – DOW Floormate Hill Barn Case Study

Dow Floormate – Product Information Floormate -AP products are manufactured in the UK using technology that takes CO2 from industry and uses it as a blowing agent in order to create blue extruded polystyrene foam with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than five. The process of extruding polystyrene foam generates a mass of small, homogeneous closed cells which give the final product high design loads, low water absorption and excellent insulating properties. Such…

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Kingspan Cavity Wall: From Ancient Rome to Modern Britain

Kingspan Cavity Wall: From Ancient Rome to Modern Britain

Cavity Wall: From Ancient Rome to Modern Britain The humble cavity wall is loved by builders and developers across the country. It has been used in the construction of over three quarters of Britain’s homes. So how did this construction method come to dominate the British housing stock? The Early History The basic principles of cavity wall construction – two leaves separated by a void – have been around since ancient times, with examples found…

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