FOAMGLAS cellular glass insulation from Pittsburgh Corning has been specified in the reconstruction of a new care home, Leonora House in Maida Vale. Selected by the team from Project 5 Architects, the aim was to use materials in-keeping with the practice’s ethos of creating greener buildings while using an insulation material that would last the lifetime of the building.

The new building, owned by Octavia Housing, provides 21 self-contained flats together with communal facilities and a day centre for Age Concern Westminster.

Peter Short, Partner from Project 5 Architects, explains the reason behind specifying cellular glass insulation on the project:

“The new flat roof for the house is made from zinc, and at the time of installation we were advised to install cellular glass insulation underneath the roof cladding as it would last the lifetime of the roof itself and the building. We had not used FOAMGLAS before, but knew of its proven environmental credentials. It was important for us to specify materials that would contribute towards a sustainable construction and FOAMGLAS® was the only insulation material that could meet both these requirements.”

A member of both the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) and the Metal Roofing Contractors (MRCA), Pittsburgh Corning has an approved detailed system in place with many zinc roof manufacturers. Zinc roofs have a timeline of 75 years therefore require an insulation that will match this longevity.

Manufactured from 68% recycled glass, FOAMGLAS cellular glass insulation owes its insulation properties to a structure that comprises millions of hermetically sealed glass cells. As its only solid constituent is glass, it is completely inert, fireproof, waterproof and impervious to the effects of moisture.

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