KNAUF INSULATION’S ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS CONTRIBUTE TO GREENER ENVIRONMENT

Knauf Insulation will have a large presence at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition as it showcases its wide range of insulation solutions for both the residential and commercial markets. Visitors to stand 2245 will benefit from the company’s technical expertise and be able to find out more on Knauf Insulation’s latest innovations, which are helping to deliver sustainable design.

In 2009 Knauf Insulation revolutionised mineral wool insulation manufacture and visitors will be able to experience Knauf Insulation’s new, pioneering, ‘brown’, mineral wool products that have less embodied energy than their traditionally manufactured mineral wool products and superior environmental sustainability, due to patented ECOSE® Technology. Knauf Insulation mineral wool products with ECOSE® Technology benefit from a natural, formaldehyde-free binder based on rapidly renewable materials, instead of traditional petro-based chemicals used in other insulation products. ECOSE® Technology enhances the product’s environmental credentials without affecting the thermal, acoustic or fire performance.

The ECOSE ® Technology binder is up to 70 per cent less energy intensive than traditional oil based binders. With Knauf Insulation mineral wool products containing high recycled and renewable content, this contributes to an already superior performance when it comes to embodied energy. Insulation products made with ECOSE ® Technology contain no added dyes and artificial colours – the colour is completely natural.

ECOSE® Technology is just one of the examples of Knauf Insulation’s dedication to improving its manufacturing processes. Supakube® packaging an innovative compression packaging system, developed by Knauf Insulation, which reduces transport and warehouse costs, and encapsulated products such as Space Blanket, which were developed for easier handling and installation, will also be displayed.

What’s more, visitors can learn more about sustainability, recycling and legislation and Knauf Insulation experts will be on hand to provide valuable advice and solutions to specifiers and contractors alike. Thereby helping them to understand how insulation and practical systems can contribute to a greener environment and comply with Government legislation, such as the changes to Approved Document L1A.

New to this year’s Ecobuild, ‘Renew’, on stand 2285, is a series of live demonstrations of internal and external solid wall insulation systems and techniques. Knauf Insulation will be working with a number of their approved installers to demonstrate how easy it is to install their new Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) System. Approved installers from the Mark Group and Miller Pattison will each be installing the system with commentary from the Knauf Insulation Technical Team. Installing such a system could save around 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year* and about £380* from the heating bills of a typical three bedroom semi-detached house.

“We constantly strive to meet the needs of our customers in providing a wide range of insulation solutions to suit any design application,” comments Lydia Sharples, Head of Communications, Northern Europe at Knauf Insulation. “Ecobuild will provide us with the platform to demonstrate our new IWI system and comprehensive solutions that will not only help to contribute to a greener and more sustainable environment, but that also comply with legislation and the forthcoming changes to the Building Regulations.”

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