Kingspan – Insulation: Do you really get what you pay for?

Kingspan – Insulation: Do you really get what you pay for?

Insulation: Do you really get what you pay for? That question is right at the heart of this blog post which will take an in depth look at a major research study which looks specifically at the impact of using a premium performance wall insulation solution in commercial properties, compared to a cheaper and poorer performing insulation. As you might expect, the cheaper insulation resulted in walls which were up to 80 mm thicker. The…

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Weber – What are the benefits of external wall insulation?

Weber – What are the benefits of external wall insulation?

External wall insulation makes it possible to insulate a home by fitting insulation to its external walls. This can improve thermal performance, reduce energy consumption and provide a pleasing aesthetic finish. EWI offers multiple advantages for both renovation and construction. 1 – What work does external insulation involve? External Wall Insulation (EWI) consists of applying several layers of render and insulation to a home’s external walls: insulation layer: polystyrene, mineral wool, resole foam glass fibre…

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Cembrit Fire Rated Sheathing Board – protective shell for steel and timber frame constructions

Cembrit Fire Rated Sheathing Board – protective shell for steel and timber frame constructions

Cembrit Windstopper Extreme is a versatile, tough A2 fire rated sheathing board which provides weatherproofing for the building. This allows interior work to proceed in a build before the exterior finish is complete. The board also has a proven fire resistance, and has been tested up to 120 minutes. Its vapour permeable characteristics allow the building to breathe, whilst accommodating insulation placed directly against the board. The Scandinavian heritage of Windstopper Extreme also ensures it…

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Knauf Launches NEW Jointing Range

Knauf Launches NEW Jointing Range

Knauf has launched its new range of powdered joint fillers and finishes, they give improved workability for contractors and provide a vastly improved finish for follow-on trades. Joint Filler Premium & Joint Cement Premium provide bedding and finishing for joint tape respectively but the Fill and Finish Premium is used for both applications. The Premium products were developed following extensive research with contractors, to understand the characteristics needed from a perfect jointing range. The result…

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Building Homes with Better Acoustic Performance

Building Homes with Better Acoustic Performance

The most recent Government National Noise Attitude Survey found that 48 per cent of British people felt their home life was spoilt to some extent by noise; which highlights the importance of good sound insulation – and offers housebuilders an opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Saint-Gobain’s UK Home, Health and Wellbeing Report suggests that one of the most common features homebuyers attribute to an ideal home is low levels of noise and peaceful surroundings. Internal…

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Weber Guest Blog

Weber Guest Blog

Weber’s YouTube video illustrates how to remove unsightly algae using high performance weber CL150. Saint-Gobain Weber takes training in the specification and application of their innovative, market leading materials responsibly.  A team of technical advisors is available to support and advise, either over the telephone or on site, on the correct use of a diverse product offering. “In addition to the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy here in Bedfordshire, one of several across the country,” says Rob…

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Armstrong – Dumbarton Care Home

Armstrong – Dumbarton Care Home

BACKGROUND A suspended grid system from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, that sub-contractors have found supremely quick to install, has been used on a building forming part of a council’s biggest-ever capital investment programme. SOLUTION Some 3,500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS (Drywall Grid System) was specified for the new state-of-the-art £13.1 million new Dumbarton Care Home designed by Cooper Cromar Architects for West Dumbarton Council in conjunction with Hub West Scotland, its development partner. The DGS suspension system for…

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Rockfon Guest Blog – Grid Release

Rockfon Guest Blog – Grid Release

New grids, acoustic wall solutions and helpful installation videos from Rockfon With our three new developments, we can provide you with more help and choice when it comes to specifying acoustic ceilings and wall panels. The ultimate matt white grid New Matt White 11 is our whitest grid. By diffusing light, its subtle textured surface helps drastically reduce reflections that are traditionally found with metal surfaces, helping to eliminate the contrast between the ceiling tile and…

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Thermal Economics – Floating Floor Insulation Products

Thermal Economics – Floating Floor Insulation Products

Floating acoustic floors are a simple and proven method of reducing impact and airborne sound in new build and refurbishment projects. Over the past decade acoustic boards or decks have become extremely popular and there are many variants available. The quality and performance of these products can range drastically, so it is important to ensure that the products that you are using are fit for purpose. These products are designed for use in floor build…

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Kingspan – How to insulate under a suspended timber floor – a practical guide

Kingspan – How to insulate under a suspended timber floor – a practical guide

In this blog post we aim to provide a simple, practical guide to the best practice methods for fitting insulation boards, such as Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard, into a suspended timber floor. This is a floor where the timber floorboards are attached to floor joists and the insulation suspended on timber battens between the joists. This type of floor is suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects. U-value/thickness of insulation We are assuming that…

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