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Building Products January 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | INSULATION AND ACOUSTICS Caring about health with award winning Northern Ireland development Stone wool insulation installed on Manchester high-rise 44 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JANUARY 2018 Investing in people with new production lines added Insulation manufacturer Kingspan Insulation, is investing €17 million in two state-of-the-art, low waste production lines at its facilities in Derbyshire and North Yorkshire, further enhancing its portfolio of construction and mechanical engineering insulation products. The prototype Continuous Process Line 3 (CPL3) – which is expected to go live at Kingspan Industrial Insulation’s site in Glossop in August 2018 – is described as the latest evolution in the firm’s Queen’s Award-winning CPL technology. CPL production technology automates the lamination of the product’s internal and external liner and has reportedly allowed Kingspan Industrial Insulation to achieve significant reductions in manufacturing waste when compared with the ‘cut from block’ approach. A further €10 million investment is being made at Kingspan Insulation’s facility near Selby with the introduction of a manufacturing line for Kingspan Styrozone insulation. Once fully operational, the line’s advanced design will also ensure a 100% recycled waste stream. Richard Burnley, managing director at Kingspan Insulation Britain & Ireland commented: “These new lines will allow us to continue to meet the growing market demand, providing greater choice to customers whilst also achieving significant improvements in the efficiency of our production processes.” www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk A palette of different materials provided by Sto, has reportedly helped transform a successful architectural design competition entry into an award-winning community healthcare centre in Northern Ireland. The company’s StoTherm Classic external wall insulation system, StoRend Cote render and StoLotusan render finish were used on the Banbridge Health and Care Centre in County Down, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects in association with Avanti Architects. The completed building has won a number of awards from both the healthcare and architectural communities. StoTherm Classic external wall insulation was used to provide high levels of thermal insulation for the building. This entirely cement-free system is said to offer up to 10 times greater impact resistance than a cementitious system, and so will allow the building to retain its attractive appearance. It can also be installed without the need to accommodate joints. In wall areas not requiring additional insulation, the building was rendered with StoRend Cote – a render system designed for substrates with minimum mechanical movement. StoLotusan was then applied in white, to create a crisp and clean finish. The combination of Sto products were all installed by the Newry-based specialist applicator, GVI Facades. www.sto.co.uk Providing a solution to Residents of two community housing blocks in Ashtonunder Lyne are enjoying the benefits of a more energy efficient home, thanks to a major insulation retrofit featuring the premium performance of Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board. After experiencing issues with the existing insulation installed in the early 1990s, Ashton Pioneer Homes has invested in upgrading the thermal performance of two of its 12-storey properties, Grosvenor House and Ryecroft House. Installed by The Casey Group, 60mm Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board was specified within the Alumasc Swisslab external wall insulation (EWI) System to create a highly-insulated envelope and reduce thermal bridging. Mark Gibbs from Alumasc said: “Swisslab is a direct-fix external wall insulation system particularly suited to refurbishing social housing properties. Our client chose to use Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board within this system due to its ability to achieve the target U-value of 0.30 W/m2K with a significantly reduced insulation thickness. This helped to reduce the structural loading and ensured that window reveals and sill depths were kept to a minimum.” www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk Offering advanced community housing building insulation as well as industrial and technical options, Rainscreen Duo Slab from Rockwool has been installed on a new high-rise building in Manchester to provide a fire safety option that also delivers reliable thermal performance and superior acoustics. In March 2016, construction began on a new high-rise development, named One Regent, on Water Street in Manchester. Made up of 307 apartments, including six townhouses and 326m2 of commercial space, the project sits at the gateway to Manchester’s city centre. This project required insulation that would provide optimal fire safety, a thermal performance Uvalue of 0.18 W/m²K, and acoustic protection. Due to this, developer and main contractor, Renaker Build chose 21,000m2 of Rockwool Rainscreen Duo Slab in 125mm for the project. John Messer, project manager at Renaker Build, said: “As well as its leading thermal efficiency and fire resistance, one of the main qualities that stands out when using Rockwool Rainscreen Duo Slab is the fewer fixings that are required to install the product. This helped us keep costs down during installation, in terms of product and manual labour.” www.rockwool.co.uk


Building Products January 2018
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