Create quieter, warmer homes

Create quieter, warmer homes

Previous columns have looked at how the versatility of Mineral Wool insulation adds to the thermal and acoustic performance as well as the fire safety of a home. This month, Bradley Hirst, Technical Services Manager from Knauf Insulation, looks at how one project utilised these benefits across several applications to not just meet, but exceed the building regulations.

The brief

When Formby Point Construction needed insulation for The Gables, a select development of new homes in Crosby, Liverpool, they had several objectives. Firstly, the company wanted to go beyond the thermal and acoustic requirements outlined in the building regulations. Secondly, with applications across multiple construction types, it wanted to use one insulation manufacturer to specify the correct product for each application and ensure installer wellbeing.

So, Formby Point Construction, consulted Knauf Insulation’s Technical Support Team for advice.

The solution

 For the separating floor applications, Knauf Insulation recommended OmniFit Roll 40, a versatile, Glass Mineral Wool insulation that provides both thermal and acoustic performance. There was also a recommendation for DriTherm Cavity Slab 32 for the masonry cavity external walls, Masonry Party Wall Slab for separating walls to comply with Document E and Knauf Loft Roll for the insulation in the loft.

Formby Point Construction also decided to install the company’s Acoustic Roll within the stud walls between all rooms, going above the minimum standard required between bathrooms and bedrooms outlined in document E.

In addition to providing thermal and acoustic performance, these products are all non-combustible so will not contribute to the development or spread of fire should it occur.

Installer wellbeing

As well as considering the comfort of the homeowner, Formby Point Construction considers the welfare of its installers as part of its decision making. Knauf Insulation scored highly on this aspect thanks to ECOSE Technology,with its unique bio-based binder  containing no added formaldehyde or phenol. Products made with this technology are soft to touch and easy to handle. They generate low levels of dust and VOCs and have been awarded the Eurofins Gold Certificate for Indoor Air Comfort.

Thanks to Formby Point Construction’s commitment to going above and beyond the regulations, and Knauf Insulation’s high performance Glass Mineral Wool insulation, homeowners at The Gables will enjoy quieter, safer, warmer homes.

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