Category Archives: Insulation

New from Vinylit

New to the Vinylit stable of rainscreen facades, is Vinypur, an insulation panel complete with integrated battens which give simple and extremely rapid fixing.

Rise in demand for energy efficient dry lining boards

Increasingly stringent thermal performance requirements and rising energy costs have resulted in an increase in demand for Styroliner amongst contractors, reports Panel Systems, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of dry lining boards.

Residential, Bath

An improved thermal performance required on two new properties on a small site overlooking Bath presented a challenge to a small developer. More insulation threatened to increase the footprint which would mean getting new planning permission. Then Building Control suggested a solution…

Energy efficiency: a platform for innovation

“When I first entered what was then a rather limited thermal insulation industry, over twenty five years ago – selling STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene insulation to architects and end users of all types – I was amused by the fact that as a nation we were insulating many agricultural buildings far better than any new properties built for human occupation.

Marywell D4 Office, Aberdeen, Scotland

Being experts in off-site modular building construction the next goal for Build Different was to set themselves the task of designing and building a modular office unit to Passivhaus standards.

Thermal Bridging Construction Details – Enhancements

Cavity Trays Ltd, the longest-established company in its specialised field has drawn attention to the excellent thermal bridging junction details published by Constructive Details Ltd, and is advising how some thermal junctions might be further enhanced. It has identified some advantageous approaches, offering considerable appeal to energy-conscious architects and house builders.

Housing Scheme, Salford

Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used to transform the thermal performance and aesthetic appeal of a social housing scheme in Salford. Managed by multi-award-winning social housing company, Salix Homes, the 54 flats at Stoney Knoll and Gloverfield are No Fines Construction which is typically regarded as ‘hard to treat’.

Xtratherm’s CavityTherm leads in AIMC4 ‘world-class’ energy efficient homes

Xtratherm’s innovative full fill built-in wall insulation CavityTherm has been installed in Code Level 4 homes as part of the £6.4m AIMC4 project. The project is funded by the Government backed Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency – and five Consortium partners. The partners are Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson Plc, Barratt Developments Plc, H+H UK Ltd, and the BRE.

Masterdor launches high performance 0.9 Thermal door

Industry leading manufacturer of bespoke, external door sets, Masterdor, has launched its first Thermal door with a u-value of 0.9 W/m2K. Utilising a combination of materials with exceptional thermal performance, the 0.9 Thermal door is the Litchfield Group’s latest solution to the stringent standards of Passivhaus and the Code for Sustainable Homes, and initiatives such as the Green Deal. 

Cembrit Launches New Renderbacker Product – Cembrit PB

Cembrit is pleased to announce their versatile new base board specially designed for insulated render systems. With the application of liquid renders, specifiers can create facades combining a monolithic appearance with all the advantages of rainscreen claddings.


Knauf Marmorit has introduced Warm Wall Plus, the third in its range of thermal external wall insulation systems.