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Building Products March 2018

INSULATION AND ACOUSTICS PRODUCTS | PRODUCT PROFILES Future of home insulation to be ‘transformed’ following research project Discover the power of green build solutions Grass Concrete Limited is a world leader in the development and supply of ‘green’ construction solutions. Expert environmental systems for over 45 years, we are still committed to our environment, creating greenspace and compliance to BREEAM requirements. Grass Concrete Limited Duncan House, 142 Thornes Lane, Thornes, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 7RE England info@grasscrete.com Tel: +44(0)1924 379443 Fax: +44(0)1924 290289 @grasscreteworld Innovative environmental solutions www.grasscrete.com MARCH | BUILDING PRODUCTS Grassblock; Betoconcept; earth retaining plantable walls Grasscrete; permeable paving, car parking Grasscrete; roadside verge Grasscrete; water attenuation including SUDS off road parking Grasscrete; heavy vehicle access The way in which homes are insulated could be transformed following research by Leeds Beckett academics. The Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) at Leeds Beckett was successful in an open tender competition for a £200,000 research project by the UK government. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has reportedly commissioned the LSI to examine the effectiveness of new types of wall insulation for buildings. The project, which is being led by Dr David Glew, reader in the Leeds Sustainability Institute, will reportedly inform future domestic energy-effi ciency policy in the UK. Dr Glew explained: “Hopefully, the result of this project will help those most affected by fuel poverty. “Current methods of insulating solid walls can be expensive and complicated to install, so few homes actually have this insulation. “Thin internal wall insulation provides a slightly lower energy saving than conventionally used solid wall insulation, but may be simpler and cheaper, meaning more homes could be insulated and have a greater benefi t to society overall. “Our research will evaluate the performance of thin internal wall insulation against thicker insulation projects through various building performance evaluation tests in homes in Leeds this winter.” The insulation will reportedly also be tested in a hygrothermal laboratory, a specialist facility where accurate measurements can be taken on any changes to how moisture fl ows through walls when the products are installed. Dr Glew added: “This project builds on the LSI’s reputation for undertaking excellent building performance fi eldwork research. “This project is especially rewarding as it should lead to a direct impact on domestic energyeffi ciency policy and potentially the health and wellbeing of millions of people in the UK.” The project is due to be completed in October 2018 and will allow the LSI to further develop their building performance testing protocols, including the co-heating test, which was fi rst developed by Leeds Beckett researchers over 20 years ago, and which is now being used by other researcher institutions across Europe. www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk


Building Products March 2018
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