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Building Products March 2018

ADVERTORIAL ICYNENE INSULATION IS WORTH ITS SALT – SAYS HALEN MON Award winning sea salt producer Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt has seen production efficiency increase by 25% since insulating its manufacturing plant with spray-applied insulation from Icynene. Anglesey Sea Salt has won an enviable reputation for culinary excellence for its range of speciality salts which are made using sea-water drawn from the fast flowing Menai straights that separate Anglesey from the North Wales mainland. During the warm summer months, the process of evaporating seawater to create a 15-20% brine concentrate is straightforward, however in colder winter months, production can drop significantly. Production Manger Ronan Burns explains. “Maintaining a high core temperature in our evaporation plant is crucial. In winter, external temperatures drop and this reduces the amount of seawater we can convert into salt-rich brine” The evaporation process takes place in a 300sqm steel framed building, clad in corrugated metal sheeting. Previous attempts the insulate the building had failed due to the aggressive, moisture laden atmosphere. “Everything we tried failed miserably – even rigid board insulation soaked up so much moisture that it dropped off under its own weight.” explained Mr Burns. In desperation, the company turned to specialist insulation contractor Heatlok who recommended Icynene, spray applied insulation as a solution. Icynene is a high performance, spay foam insulation which expands rapidly on application, sealing all gaps, service holes and hard to reach spaces, virtually eliminating cold bridging and air leakage. Heatlok’s Greg Raby takes up the story. “Adhesion failure caused by moisture absorption can be a big problem for most forms of insulation but we selected Icynene’s LDC50 formulation for the Halen Mon project and it worked perfectly” said Mr Raby A 150mm thick layer of Icynene LDC50 was spray-applied to the interior of the walls and roof of the building. LDC50 was chosen because of its superior cold temperature adhesion and low moisture absorption properties. The insulation has a soft, flexible composition and maintains an air seal even when exposed to seasonal expansion/contraction of the building structure. According to Ronan Burns, Halen mon has seen a big improvement in production efficiency since insulation of the building. “Icynene insulation has allowed us to be roughly 25% more efficient in brine making. We normally run at 1000 litres per hour in summer but drop Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt has seen production efficiency increase by 25% since insulating its manufacturing plant with spray-applied insulation from Icynene. to 750 litres per hour in winter. Now that we have insulation that really works, we can run at summer production rates all through the year” “What’s more, our electricity consumption has dropped by 18%, so the Icynene insulation will pay for itself in less than 6 months – I wish we’d done it before” added Mr Burns. For further information on Icynene spray-applied insulation go to. www.icynene.co.uk See also https://youtu.be/xn4ZHQJLWHM MARCH ‡ˆ‰8 | BUILDING PRODUCTS “”


Building Products March 2018
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