Recent Government legislation set out in Building Regulations Part L and the Code for the Sustainable Homes, have imposed even higher thermal efficiencies and an increased emphasis on how different materials can contribute to a building’s thermal performance at design stage. With this in mind, Galliford Try has adopted a fabric first approach for its new housing developments, to ensure the building envelope is thermally efficient to provide a high level of comfort for occupants coupled with lower energy bills.
Kevin Moran, Group Procurement Director at Galliford Try comments: “We are committed to specifying highly sustainable solutions for our housing developments, to ensure we not only adhere to legislative requirements, but so that we are ensuring long-term performance for our customers. The innovative products that Knauf Insulation can supply us with satisfy our strict requirements and offer us the most efficient and sustainable solutions on the market – all the while helping us to address our environmental initiatives.”
As part of the fabric solution, the developer will be specifying innovative and high performing sustainable solutions from Knauf Insulation, such as Supafil 34 for external walls, Supafil Party Wall and Loft roll with ECOSE Technology to deliver quality homes.
Installation services are coming from SIG Energy Management.
Knauf claims that Supafil is one of the most cost effective ways for volume housebuilders to achieve the U-values required to gain compliance with building regulations. Providing greater confidence of long-term thermal performance, Supafil is the first blown solution in the UK complying with European legislation for in-situ formed insulation products - with a thermal performance declared to Lambda 90:90, and comes complete with a 25 year guarantee. Supafil also has the lowest thermal conductivity of any blown mineral wool for masonry cavity external walls in the UK, Knauf claims.
ECOSE Technology is a formaldehyde-free binder technology based on rapidly renewable materials instead of petro-based chemicals, and is up to 70 per cent less energy intensive than traditional binders.
Knauf Insulation’s glass mineral wool is manufactured with up to 60 per cent recycled glass and is 100 per cent recyclable at the end of the building’s life.
John Hough, Business Development Manager, at Knauf Insulation comments: “With insulation being one of the easiest and cheapest means of reducing energy use, this new partnership with Knauf Insulation is timely in ensuring Galliford Try’s developments offer the most effective and efficient fabric solutions for long-term performance. With over 60 years of knowledge and experience, Knauf Insulation has been able to create the industry’s widest range of insulation products for thermal, acoustic and fire protection applications. Therefore, this new contract gives us the opportunity to advise and support Galliford Try with the right product or system for the application.”