Building a new development called The Shires in Yeovil, Midas Homes looked to provide superb energy efficiency as part of its commitment to environmental management. Having proved so popular on a number of its other developments, Midas Homes specified high performance insulation from Celotex.

Built on the site of an old garden nursery, The Shires comprises 33 homes, split between larger four bedroom properties and two bedroom coach houses. Situated on the outskirts of Yeovil, Somerset’s most thriving town and home to the UK’s aerospace and aviation industry, The Shires has easy access to an array of schools, shops and leisure activities, making it ideal for families.

The construction was completed by Midas Homes’ own construction unit. Part of Galliford Try Homes, the company specialises in building and selling its own developments. It often specifies Celotex for its thermal performance and workability and selected 3,500 square metres of 50mm Celotex CW3000 for use in the cavity walling of The Shires’ houses.

The polyisocyanurate (PIR) boards outperform many other materials, including modern mineral wools. Providing excellent thermal insulation levels per mm, Celotex CW3000 proved superb at minimising cavity thickness whilst ensuring that the homes of The Shires had super effective thermal envelopes.

Featuring independently tested low emissivity foil facers, Celotex CW3000 gives improved insulation within cavity air spaces. Combined with the low thermal conductivity of the PIR foam boards, this proves highly effective at keeping the cold out and the warmth in – and provides an air and moisture barrier in cavities.

Celotex’s CW3000 boards are an established and proven means of minimising heating needs – thereby reducing the UK’s carbon footprint, 60% of which is a direct result of the built environment. The first PIR insulation to be A+ rated by the 2008 Green Guide to Specification, the insulation is a tested and highly reliable means of reducing heating costs and ensuring energy efficiency in line with the construction industry’s move towards sustainability.

In addition to creating superb thermal envelopes for buildings, Celotex CW3000 boards also have a low Global Warming Potential and zero Ozone Depletion Potential.

The boards were easily installed in the masonry wall cavities of the houses at The Shires development. Though hard wearing, Celotex is exceptionally lightweight and can be easily cut to requirements on site with a saw. Held in place with wall ties and clips, the low emissivity of the boards and their dimensional stability ensure that they will provide long lasting insulation.

A cornerstone of Celotex’s product family, CW3000 insulation boards are frequently used in a range of construction projects across the country. They form part of a complete range of PIR insulation solutions that Celotex offers. This range also includes the unrivalled, next generation FR4000 board, which features Class O fire performance alongside superb thermal and sustainable qualities.

The high specification homes of The Shires were finished with a range of contemporary kitchenware and stylish bathroom fittings. Ideal for young professional families, the successful development is a result of carefully considered design and specification. Though hidden, this care also applies to the use of Celotex in the cavity wall spaces – which will play a key role in lowering the energy usage of the development, saving money and protecting the environment long into the future.

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