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Contents BMF Industry Forecast


DENCO Growth


Siderise PFP


Kingspan Cover Story


Mind Mental Health


Airtightness for Education


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BMF launches Merchant Industry Forecast with special Brexit Report Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021. The BMF’s new forecast model has been developed to support members in future planning by providing consistent updates on forecasted industry sales. The data will be updated on a quarterly basis. The initial report is a special Brexit edition and includes forecast results based on both a soft and hard Brexit. The report and quarterly updates will be supplied free of charge to BMF members. The Builders Merchant Industry Forecast will also be available for others to purchase, with the initial report priced at £295. John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Our new Builders Merchants Industry Forecast will help BMF members and others involved in building materials supply to plan for the future. Most forecasts tend to be based on lag indicators. Essentially, they use what happened last year to predict what could happen next year. The BMF model incorporates a number of lead indicators to signal future events that will impact our markets and makes it possible for merchants and their suppliers to forecast their customers’ requirements more accurately.” The BMF’s econometric forecast model was developed with the support and assistance of the EU KEEN project and Dr Erez Yerushalmi, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Birmingham City University. The model uses sales data


from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) as the main sales variable coupled with other key variables to forecast what is likely to happen in the next 12 months and beyond. BMBI data is collated monthly from 80% of generalist builders merchants sales throughout Great Britain and analysed by research company, GfK. It is the most accurate sales date within the construction industry. Builders merchants sales are affected by a number of internal and external factors relating to the wider UK economy. During development over 20 other variables were tested to analyse their correlation with the BMBI. The final forecast model is based on the five variables that indicated the highest level of correlation with builders merchants sales, namely: Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, Weekly Household Income, Season, All New Work, and Number of trading day (per month). Within the model, variables are forecasted using an Auto Regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) model, which is ideal for analysing time series data. In addition to detailed forecast results and analysis, the Brexit edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast includes merchant industry insights and wider economic indicators. For more information contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/ Economist on 02476 854994 or email nyssa.



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New premises for growing heating and ventilation insulation business A leading UK and European-wide heating and ventilation insulation company which started life in the front room of a home in Solihull has moved into new premises as business grows year-on-year. Denco Thermal was established by the then managing director Dennis Coles and company secretary Jill Coles as a start-up business in 2005 in Warwick Road before re-locating to Homer Road in the town. With turnover growing to £6.4 million in its latest accounts, the company has a new base at the Blythe Valley Innovation Centre in Central Boulevard, Solihull, for its eight office staff including an apprentice estimator. The business also employs 60 on-site supervisors, operatives and apprentices at locations across the UK and further afield to complete work on high-profile contracts which has included Birmingham Children’s Hospital, The Shard in London, John Lewis stores in Leicester and Cambridge, and a data centre in Switzerland.

and sorting jobs out, and moving to the Blythe Valley Innovation Centre is our third move,” he said. “We are a progressive company and we’re looking to take on more apprentices. We are actively looking for a new contracts manager and apprentice in London because we don’t want to standstill. “Currently, we are working on Primark stores in Brussels, and a data centre in Sweden but we predominantly work in the Midlands and South of England. “Solihull, and the Blythe Valley Innovation Centre in particular, is a good base for the travelling we do because of the road networks and nearby train stations.

“We have grown every year but we don’t want to grow too fast because that can be Peter Coles, the current managing director, the downfall of a business, it is better to be said Denco Thermal has gone from steady and slow.” strength-to-strength over the last 14 years. “We started out as a fledgling business in a Denco Thermal’s first major contract was front room putting together the estimates at the internationally-renowned


Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and the business has formed an Enhanced Supply Chain Partnership with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services which has led to being involved in contracts worth up to £2 million. Pete added: “We are a business that believes in giving back and I am on the board of the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association and we were delighted to be named Contractor of the Year by one of our major clients, J.S. Wright, last year.”

“Pete, Jill and their senior team have over 70 years’ experience in the industry and that is reflected in the high calibre of projects that they have been involved in. “Denco Thermal has been involved in providing the heating and ventilation insulation at a number of striking buildings in the area including Birmingham Library and the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick.

“The location of Blythe Valley Innovation Centre is ideal for companies such as Denco Thermal whose client base is spread Janet Bunch, centre manager at the Blythe throughout the UK and Europe because of Valley Innovation Centre, which is operated our excellent transport links as well as the by the University of Warwick Science state-of-the-art facilities that we provide.” Park and owned by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, said:

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Can the new Homes Standard future-proof our homes and halve energy use without active government support? In his Spring Statement a few weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new ‘Future Homes Standard’ to be introduced just around the corner in 2025. Whilst a promising ray of light in difficult political times, what we see from Treasury are promises with no detail on how to deliver, deflecting the potential solution out to the market place, which has been decimated by sparse or unworkable policy: home insulation itself has fallen off the precipice with a severe drop of 95% since 2012. This announcement looks like a panic addition to the Statement – a reaction to the global children’s climate change protests - to appease voters and to show that this government is in tune with “green”. This latest announcement can be viewed as positive in the absence of


much else, and at least it shows that they are now thinking about the issue and the huge energy efficiency gaps that still exist in the UK. However, what is clear is that Government still needs to do a lot more to meet the targets they’ve set out on energy efficient homes. The Mineral Wool Insulation industry embraces innovation wholeheartedly and we are in no doubt that this new Future Homes Standard could be a piece of the solutions jigsaw, but substantially more will be needed to deliver the government targets of bringing all homes up to EPC C by 2035 and fuel poor homes to EPC C by 2030 and halving all energy use by 2030. So, no this cannot be done without active government support and Chancellor Hammond and Treasury need to lead from the front to deliver on government

The only independent insulation industry trade magazine ambitions, to improve the quality and safety of our homes, to improve our health & well-being in those homes, and to unleash productivity and growth in our communities - not to mention healthier air and a least cost method in meeting a major part of the government carbon targets. We simply need a comprehensive, joined up plan from government on this issue to avert a future of high-cost home retrofits, higher health and NHS costs and higher energy bills for us all and to ensure meeting carbon budgets. Hammond and his team just need to take a look at the immense body of evidence that advocates the need for action and warns of the consequences of inaction! However, a new approach is not rocket science - plus it is vocally supported by the Committee on Climate change and the National Infrastructure Commission - Hammond must designate the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings as an infrastructure priority. The latest report from the European Climate Foundation demonstrates that government needs to take a lead on energy efficiency in order to get consumers confident in spending on making their homes efficient. Aware of current political limitations, MIMA wants to focus attentions on the “can do” and how this latest announcement and the Spending Review – expected later this year - has

the potential to support the nucleus of a coherent programme on energy efficiency for England - as an area that truly cuts across government departments. There is a clear recognition that energy efficiency is a policy that benefits constituents, voters and us, the “general public” in multiple ways - from reducing energy bills to improving health to combating climate change - and spans across Whitehall objectives. This could all happen with 3 steps from Chancellor Hammond, to: 1. Commit to an additional £1bn a year infrastructure investment into low carbon homes and therefore creating £3.4bn of private investment and growth. 2. Lead on energy efficiency as a UK infrastructure priority as recommended by the National Infrastructure Commission and the Committee on Climate Change. 3. Guide HM Treasury to ensuring energy efficient standards for housebuilders and on designing and testing incentives for households so as to maximise their contribution – e.g. lower Stamp Duty for efficient homes and 0% interest loans. Benefits clearly span across government departments and with a £1bn extra investment, a housing energy infrastructure programme could deliver £3.4bn in private investment a year, but also:

9 • Keep homes healthy – delivering key NHS and health targets around healthy breathing, warmer (health impacts from cold homes cost the NHS £1.3bn per year in England), quality homes (reducing the health impacts of poor housing, estimated to cost the NHS £2.5bn per year) and healthier air – take note Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. • Support DEFRA’s air quality strategy and meet DEFRA targets on air pollution creating £4.1bn of net present value to DEFRA (in terms of avoided harm to human health), whilst cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective way take note Environment Secretary, Michael Gove. • Deliver by 2035 on BEIS’s Clean Growth strategy pledge to have all homes up to an EPC C standard by 2035, reducing energy bills by 25% on average (or £270 lower) for UK households and keeping them low – take note Business Secretary, Greg Clark. • Create growth, productivity, and enterprise in low carbon industries as well as generating more than 100,000 new jobs a year, spread across the UK – take note Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd. • Help to meet a major part of the government carbon targets in the least cost method and on the road to meeting the overall net zero climate goals up to 2050 – take note PM Theresa May and her Cabinet! Let’s hope that the New Future Homes Standard isn’t just hot air, a grand gesture or produces more empty targets and


inaction. Let’s hope the Government uses the Spending Review to support an energy efficiency programme. One thing we do know is that none of this is possible without ambitious support and investment from Government to future-proof our homes and buildings. With so much upheaval and uncertainty in the world of politics surely it is time to move away from tokenism and empty commitments, to turn political lethargy into positive (and saving) energy, and prompt a more steady and reliable approach by just simply getting things done to make our homes quality and safe. Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association and co-founder and Chair of the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG). MIMA represents four of the leading mineral wool insulation companies in the UK - Isover Saint-Gobain, Knauf Insulation, ROCKWOOL and Superglass, the industry trade body for non-combustible, breathable glass and stone wool insulation. The Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG) is a collaboration of over 25 organisations including leading industry and trade bodies and consumer groups. MIMA’s website is at or contact Sarah at

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travelling from one compartment floor or room to the next.

It’s a given that buildings evolve and change over time. Different tenants and owners have different requirements, which inevitably will see changes to a building’s services. Whether it is an electrical upgrade, a change in a computer network or a whole new HVAC system, contractors will often penetrate fire and smoke-rated floors and walls, leaving buildings vulnerable to fire. For maintenance and engineering managers, it’s critical they understand the role of fire stop systems and repair any breaches when they occur.

A fire in large high-rise building, for example, can generate large quantities of smoke that tends to spread vertically throughout the building, even if the fire is contained to one room. In high-rise buildings, when the gap/cavity at the perimeter edge between the floor and curtain wall is not properly sealed, flames and smoke can spread vertically to higher floors, and horizontally from one room to the next. Addressing these gaps/cavities by properly installing firestops maintains the floors’ fire compartmentation of the building. This delays vertical smoke-spread and reduces the risk of smoke-related injury in the upper floors of the building, and adjacent rooms.

It’s important to first understand the role of fire stops, which are principally to provide continuation to a fire resistant compartment wall/floor where gaps have occurred due to an imperfection, fit or design tolerance between elements or components and are crucial to preventing the passage of flames and noxious gases


Sealing the gap The perimeter barrier firestops seal the gap between the edge of the compartment wall or floor slab and external façade. Due to project designs and site tolerances, this linear gap can be variable, so the firestop system used needs to have a degree of ‘dynamic’

movement capability – compression and recovery – in order to accommodate serviceability movement, and more significant movement under fire load. It’s critical the firestop system does this in combination with the primary functional requirement, which is to maintain continuity of fire resistance between the compartment floor and the external wall. The installed firestop system needs to match the same period of fire resistance as the compartment floor. The most effective fire-stopping products combine a number of material features – density, thickness, resin content, fibre structure and controlled compression – which together determine the resistance properties. Many buildings are divided into

compartments to restrict fire spread. Where an external wall abuts a compartment wall or floor, fire stops are required between the external wall and the compartment wall or floor to restrict fire spread through the junction.

Building renovations While a building’s original design may have been certified fire safe, refurbishments, retrofits and alterations can create challenges for firestops and cavity barrier systems which in turn will have an impact on fire safety. This issue can be compounded if there is a low understanding on building sites of the requirements for fire stopping and cavity barriers in terms of where and what is

needed, and how they are installed. A contractor will be an expert in plumbing or electrical installations but may not have the expertise or experience in fire stopping or cavity barriers. They may have to cut through these products without knowing the implications, whilst the people who do understand the implications may be completely unaware. Manufacturers of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products can make recommendations on how to tackle these challenges on site. Whilst in the past, they may well have received only a small number of enquiries about this, there were probably another 10 or more scenarios where this didn’t happen because either someone didn’t realise it was an issue or were completely unaware it had happened. This is starting to change across the industry which is why manufacturers are receiving more enquiries. Penetrating fire and smoke-resistant walls In refurbishments, the contractor could be installing a service or a selection of cables through the existing fire stop or cavity barrier such as a rainwater pipe. It’s critical that they know how to put this right, ‘make good’, and find out if there is any test data to support it. The challenge for a manufacturer is to recommend a suitable product and if they haven’t got a suitable product, suggest a route the contractor can explore. It’s also about suggesting a product that’s going to be compatible with what’s already there as well. It might be pipe collars to go around drainage pipes which have penetrated cavity barriers. When there is a change of use of a building into apartments for example, there is a greater demand for a domestic water

supply and as such, there is a greater need to penetrate those barriers with services. Manufacturers need to provide solutions that work and be able to advise customers on their installation. It’s not about throwing a product data sheet at a contractor, manufacturers need to guide them in the particular application or scenario and to highlight the problems they might encounter at site level. It could also be a new compartment wall where the contractor hasn’t considered the interface with the existing structure. They may well need a firestop between the wall and the existing façade. Alternatively, they may have created a raised access floor and a suspended ceiling but there is still a void above and below. The new wall may be designed to resist a fire for two hours but if voids remain, a fire event has a very easy path to get past the wall. Manufacturers have products and solutions to suit these scenarios. In terms of re-cladding buildings or for works being done after completion, introducing further cavity barriers or upgrading existing provision will need to be compliant with Building Regulations. Manufacturers can provide different cavity barriers to suit these different cladding systems.

A skilled-up workforce Another challenge when it comes to refurbished buildings is workmanship. The correct fire barrier might be used, but it may not have been installed correctly with the correct spacing or specification listed in the product datasheet. There is an onus on product manufacturers to

The only independent insulation industry trade magazine support contractors and ensure good workmanship. Installation guidance videos offer a visual alternative to the datasheet and bring the product to life. It’s something that’s very useful and important at site level.

SIDERISE has long recognised the value of encouraging quality installation of its products and has invested considerably to provide contractors with a range of information to aid them on site. This is driven by the Site Services team who provide toolbox talks to contractors to provide practical training on how to install products. Further, they can carry out benchmark installations to give practical examples on how to fit cavity barriers and fire stopping on live projects.

Each building will have a fire risk assessment and a fire strategy about how a building reacts in a fire, how it controls a fire and how it provides routes for occupants to escape. This relies on the provision and maintenance of fire protection systems. From a site pointof-view, the project manager will be overseeing a huge scope of works using a broad knowledge of products and systems. However, it shouldn’t stop there, as there is a need to ensure that contractors are They may well lack specialist knowledge installing products correctly throughout a project and not just at the start. Whilst physical monitoring can address this, it is not always practical. Therefore, the industry must learn to adopt more technology, as this can provide a roundthe-clock method of evidence capture. For example, SIDERISE has created an Inspection App. This guides the user through the installation process and allows photographs to be taken to record the standard of workmanship. The subsequent on fire stops and cavity barriers which is report is sent to SIDERISE for checking where from a site point-of-view it can go to ensure that the project is following its wrong. installation guidelines, and feedback is issued on good practice and areas where The correct installation of products extra attention is required. The report is a shared responsibility – it is the provides the contractor installing the responsibility of the manufacture to ensure that suitable training and guidance product with a record of what they have installed and where. If someone comes information on how the products should along at a later point during the build and be installed is available and it’s the installs services through them they can responsibility of the contractor to follow demonstrate the fire protection products this guidance, or ask if they are unsure were installed correctly in the first place. about something.

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15 Once a fire safety strategy has been implemented, it needs to be managed and maintained through the life of the building, a crucial consideration when you consider a building occupier might change the building fabric or materials. Unless the strategy has ongoing review, every change to the building can potentially increase risk and jeopardise life safety.

the things we can’t see, which could cause unintentional damage to the fire safety arrangements of a building.

It’s very important that manufacturers of building products are able to technically support their products with a great deal of knowledge and a comprehensive database supported by appropriate and current test data.

David joined Siderise in 2018 as a Technical Services Engineer, providing technical advice to design teams and contractors working on cavity barrier and fire stop solutions for application within facades and internal areas. To back up the site-based experience that supports this advice, David has been working to obtain the IFE Level 3 Certificate in Passive Fire Protection and is also midway through an MSc in Façade Engineering, which is led by the CWCT.

The key to passive fire protection is knowing that it really is the invisible solution. Unlike active fire protection such as fire doors and extinguishers, passive protection lives behind the scenes within a building, helping provide barriers to fire and cutting it off before it can spread. The problem with this is that it’s easy to forget


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RECTICEL INTRODUCED THE 'NEXT GENERATION OF INSULATION' TO VISITORS AT THIS YEAR'S FUTUREBUILD. As one of the key insulation exhibitors at the annual industry event, Recticel showcased a range of its thermal and acoustic solutions to an appreciative audience during the three-day exhibition at London’s ExCeL.

were on-hand to offer guidance regarding the innovative products on show, as well as give general insulation-related advice.

Among the ‘next generation’ insulation solutions on display were Eurowall®+ Xentro®, an ultra-thin rigid foam board for masonry cavity walls; Eurofloor®Xentro®, a PIR panel ideal for floor applications; Deck-VQ®, an ultra-thin vacuum insulation solution, and Silentwall®, a go-to system which is ideal for improving the acoustic performance of partition walls.

Paul Simpson added: “The next generation is key to our success. Futurebuild provided us with the platform to prove that Recticel has the insulation solutions to create a better building environment; one that is fit for the future’’.

A zone was also dedicated to Gradient, Recticel’s sister company, in order to promote its range of high-quality, singlelayer, tapered roofing systems.

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Paul Simpson, Regional Sales Director North, said: “Futurebuild provided the perfect platform with which to promote our range of innovative products. We were able to drive home the message that our solutions help create healthy, energyefficient interiors for future generations to enjoy.” To enhance its visitor experience, Recticel divided this year’s stand into application zones where Recticel’s technical experts


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KINGSPAN HOLDS COURT AT THE DIXON, TOWER BRIDGE Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court and Police Station has been reinvented as a fourstar boutique hotel in a Dominvs Group development. It includes the installation of a tapered roof insulation system from Kingspan Insulation — ensuring the only thing taking the fall from now on at the former court will be the rain.

by the London Plan. To raise the thermal performance of the building’s flat roof, whilst also providing effective drainage, Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM and Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM were installed.

Consarc Design Group led the architectural restoration work on The Dixon, named after the building’s original architect, John Dixon Butler. Dexter Moren Associates oversaw the planning stage design, including the construction of a new-build extension. The 193-bedroom hotel has Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM joined Marriott International’s Autograph provided the project team with a fast-track Collection and also includes a bar, restaurant, two meeting spaces and a gym. alternative to other drainage methods, such as structural falls. The interior décor blends Edwardian influences with modern styles, reflective of the diversity and rich culture of SE1. McAleer & Rushe have undertaken construction and refurbishment work on the historic site. The completed hotel is expected to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating under the BREEAM 2014 New Construction Non-Domestic Building standard, with the new extension designed to achieve the 40% improvement in ADL2A criterion required


The product combines high performance insulation and drainage in a single board which can be fixed with a dry installation process, avoiding the time lost waiting for wet trades to dry. The lightweight boards can also be as little as 1.5%, or less, of the weight of a screed to fall solution, minimising the structural support requirements for the roof surface.

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Kingspan Insulation’s specialist tapered roofing service team created a carefully tailored scheme layout for the hotel roof, maximising cost efficiency whilst also ensuring the surface met the rainwater runoff and insulation requirements. The layout also simplified the installation process for the site team aided by the premitred hip and valley boards supplied as part of the Kingspan Thermataper system. Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM and Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM feature a highperformance core capable of achieving thermal conductivities as low as 0.024 W/m·K.

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The products, produced at Kingspan Insulation’s Pembridge manufacturing facility, have been successfully tested to LPS 1181: Part 1 and are certified as achieving Class 1 Insulated Steel Deck Pass to Factory Mutual Research Standard 4470: 2016. For further details of the


Mind launches a toolkit with construction partners to promote better wellbeing in the workplace The new toolkit is online at the Mental Health at Work website. This UK-wide initiative allows all types of employers and employees to access free tools, advice and information – all in one place.

open up the conversation on mental health in construction and to utilise the resources to help them get started.” Emily Garnett, 30 from London, works at Morgan Sindall – a leading UK construction and infrastructure company.

The construction toolkit includes resources from a range of expert organisations. The resources include tips on how to start the conversation on mental health, mental health first aid training and five steps to building a positive and supportive culture in construction. Mind invited colleagues from Building Mental Health to put together this toolkit of resources.

Emily, who has generalised anxiety and was diagnosed with depression in 2017, said: “It’s great to see a toolkit specifically designed for the construction industry. Over the past few years I have seen the positive changes within the industry towards health and wellbeing, although I believe there is still a long way to go, particularly in the construction industry where suicide rates are the highest of any sector.”

Faye McGuinness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes at Mind, said: “We are pleased to launch this sector specific toolkit to the construction industry, in partnership with Building Mental Health. It brings together resources from a range of expert organisations, many of which are free. “We know that suicide rates are a much larger cause of death than falls from a height in the construction industry. We hope this toolkit encourages people to


“We will all experience mental illness directly or indirectly at some point in our lives, so the more we seek help and talk about it the better.” This website brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need. Mind with support from The Royal

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Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations, has created the free Mental Health at Work website. A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job. The survey of more than 44,000 employees also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

Mind surveyed nearly 45,000 employees* and found that roughly 3 in 5 said their mental health was good or very good (58 per cent), while 13 per cent of respondents said that their mental health was currently poor or very poor. Of those who said their mental health was poor, 82 per cent said that this was work-related – either due solely to problems at work, or a combination of problems at work and outside of work. To access the construction toolkit visit: construction


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When building for airtightness is an education: Tyvek® at the John Taylor Free School Building for education presents both challenges and opportunities in today’s public sector construction. While budgets must be carefully controlled, it’s also essential to achieve the highest specifications in order to ensure a lasting and cost-effective investment. The best in modern building technology is vital to delivering a project that performs as designed and meets all key criteria, particularly in terms of sustainability and reduced maintenance. The John Taylor free high school in Burton-on-Trent is a complete newbuild development on a greenfield site, commissioned to meet the growing needs of the Staffordshire education system. The £25m PPP funded complex by Glancy Nicholls Architects includes a state-ofthe-art sports hall and caters for 1,400 secondary and sixth form pupils. When Perkins Plasterers were contracted by Seddon Construction Ltd to ensure the integrity of the building envelope, with particular regard to airtightness, it soon became apparent that a cheap or inferior solution would do neither the project, nor the reputation of a group of proud professionals, any good


Tyvek® AirGuard® Control with Tyvek® Double-sided Tape and Tyvek® FlexWrap EX tape have been installed at the new John Taylor Free School to ensure the airtightness of the building envelope, including all penetrations. Gareth Jones of Perkins Plasterers explains: “The original material that had been considered presented a high risk of failure in our view, and we were not convinced it would perform as needed, particularly for the scale and complexity of this project. So, in consultation with Seddon we decided to upgrade the specification. It soon became clear that we had made the right decision in choosing the Tyvek® and AirGuard® products. Being a school building it needed to function for the long term in a way that would keep costs down so there was no point in cutting corners in the short term. And in fact ‘corners’ were one of the key places where this material came into its own, as together with its special tapes and sealants, it has a flexibility that works brilliantly with windows and doors, or wherever there are cuts or penetrations that need to be completely sealed.”

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Gareth and team were impressed by the experience of working with DuPont, “The customer support from start to finish was second to none. We had a full day’s training, plus further site visits, and very clear guidelines which helped us understand how easy the system was to work with. It was obvious even during the build that everything was performing as it should because it helped to keep out some awful weather conditions. Once fully installed and tested it gave us excellent results. The school is now open and the airtightness of the envelope is performing very well. We would definitely work with these products

for similar projects in the future.” The products Gareth refers to are Tyvek® Housewrap breather membrane, which was applied to the sports hall, and Tyvek® AirGuard® Control which was used on the main school building as a vapour control layer. These function as part of a holistic system together with specially created accessories Tyvek® FlexWrap EZ


concertina-style tape and Tyvek® DoubleSided Tape, thus ensuring the integrity of the airtight seal even around awkward corners, servicing ducts and structural penetrations. Tyvek® breather membranes are unique because of their high-quality single layer construction and are naturally vapour open while also being dependably – and lastingly – water-tight, as proven by comprehensive field tests. Tyvek® AirGuard® Control is a light-weight, easy to install AVCL which offers superior mechanical strength and is designed to reduce uncontrolled air leakage and minimise convective heat loss in roofs, walls and floors. So, the new John Taylor Free School benefits from the best in the business. According to the RIBA report The Better Spaces for Learning published in May 2016, “Good design makes schools cheaper to run – we estimate that up to £150m annually is being spent on unnecessary services and maintenance which could have been avoided if schools were better designed.” DuPont™ Tyvek® and DuPont™ AirGuard® products can form a key part of the solution to such avoidable costs – the definition of a wise investment in quality, expertise and reliable service. For more information about DuPont™ Tyvek®, FlexWrap® and AirGuard® please visit: or call 08444 068 722 in the UK and 087 922 2740 in the ROI.

"The school is now open and the airtightness of the envelope is performing very well."

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BBA ANNOUNCE NEW CHAIRMAN The British Board of Agrément has announced Andrew Kitchingman as its new Chairman.

Ripon Cathedral where he holds responsibility for cathedral finances.

BBA Chief Executive Claire Curtis-Thomas said of Mr Kitchingman’s appointment: “As the BBA Mr Kitchingman, a chartered accountant and corporate financier who spent more than 25 years embarks upon an exciting programme of product in the City of London, joins the BBA at an exciting and service development, we are delighted that and challenging time, with a number of initiatives Andrew has joined us to lead this important strategic initiative. Andrew has a fantastic and projects under way. collection of capabilities and experience which are well suited to our needs. Crucially he exemplifies He said: “I feel very excited and quite passionate our values and possesses integrity and courage about this new challenge. The BBA has an excellent reputation and long history of delivering in equal measure, both attributes fundamental elements of the BBA DNA.” a very important service to the construction industry. I’ve hit the ground running and been The BBA is currently implementing a number very impressed with the quality of the BBA’s of business development projects including senior management team.” digitalisation of the organisation to improve customer service and grow the operation. Mr Mr Kitchingman, who lives in North Yorkshire, already holds a number of non-executive director Kitchingman also intends to review governance, identify new areas for growth and boost margins. positions across a range of businesses including “We will be looking at growing the revenue social housing provider Incommunities Group in by offering more services and developing West Yorkshire, MPac Group and the Andrews Sykes Group. “I really enjoy supporting executive new specialist areas,” he said. “The BBA has teams and shareholders to achieve the ambitions so many skilled people and the key is to using them profitably. For example capturing the they set for their businesses,” he said. “My role organisation’s intellectual property digitally will at the BBA will see me leading the debate on allow us to be faster and more fleet of foot and, strategy, shaping the way forward and ensuring that executive management deliver on the agreed ultimately, offer a better service to our clients.” actions.” Mr Kitchingman steps in to the role vacated by Valerie Owen who, after her three year tenure He also carries out pro-bono work and is driven at the helm of the BBA, is to become Master of by a ‘strong and sustainable desire’ to put back the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects into society, being a founding director and (WCCA). trustee of Ripon Cathedral Music Trust, chair of Leeds Festival Chorus and Canon Treasurer of


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New ultra-thin A2 aerogel insulation The A. Proctor Group, renowned for providing high-quality membrane solutions for controlling the heat, air and moisture movement in buildings (HAMM), has launched a new vapour permeable insulation, which offers superior thermal performance and fire protection behind cladding. Spacetherm® Slentex A2 is the result of extensive research and development to produce a vapour permeable insulation with an A2 fire rating classification. The new insulation is classified as Class A2, s1 –d0 according to the Euroclass system, which classifies the reaction to fire performance of building products.

It is also useful in minimising thermal bridges around windows in areas such as window reveals. With a thermal conductivity of 0.019 W/ mK, Spacetherm Slentex A2’s performance credentials qualify it as one of the best insulation materials available worldwide. Engineered for space-critical applications, the product offers low thermal conductivity, superior compression strength, plus breathability allied to hydrophobic characteristics. System benefits

• Class leading fire performance from an Aerogel insulation Spacetherm Slentex A2 is a flexible, • Superior thermal performance high-performance, silica aerogel-based • Limited combustibility insulation material of limited combustibility • Water vapour diffusion open suitable for use in exterior and interior • Permeable applications. Supplied in a variety of finishes, • Flexible the substantial layers of Spacetherm • Thinnest Aerogel insulation available Slentex A2 meet the requirements for A2 classification (insulation, MgO and Spacetherm Slentex A2 is available in a range plasterboard). The product optimises both of laminates utilising MgO and plasterboard the thermal performance and fire properties as well as in a cold bridging strip format. of façade systems, enhancing the thermal performance of the ventilated façade and addressing thermal bridging in the façade.


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Spacetherm, an ultra-thin insulation with an outstanding thermal conductivity of 0.015W/mK, is suitable for a wide range of challenging applications where thermal performance is crucial. The product offers low thermal conductivity, breathability, is highly adaptable and can be supplied on its own, cut to size or laminated to a number of facings to suit your individual requirements. Its performance credentials qualify it as one of the best insulation materials available worldwide. Moon Jellyfish - For its mass, the jellyfish spends less energy to travel a given distance than any other swimming animal.

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