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Sizing up Zero Carbon

With election time approaching there will be much concern about size. Size of the deficit. Size of the tax hike/cut. Size of the turnout. Size of the swing required in marginal seats. Size of a cow. OK. Perhaps not the last one. I just threw that in there because I quite liked the song and it talks about blowing up problems out of proportion which is quite fitting when it comes to Zero Carbon.

The proportions of the Zero Carbon policy are vast. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the setting of Zero Carbon policy has been such a saga that it could come with a foreword by Tolkien. The size question has arisen because the idea of reducing carbon to zero is quite an attractive one. It looks good, sounds good and helps to save the planet. All great if, as a Government, you are trying to show how green you are and just how much you care about climate change targets. Read more »

IMPORTANT: On 1 September 2017, Celotex took the precautionary measure to temporarily suspend the supply of Celotex FR5000, Celotex CG5000, Celotex CF5000 and Celotex SL5000 while we investigate the results of recent tests (Parts 6 and 7 of British Standard 476). Materials relating to these products are for information only.

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Over the last few months we have continued our Technical Twitter Takeover’s, featuring monthly hour long sessions dedicated to different topics affected by insulation and what we do here at Celotex. Within the Celotex Technical Centre (CTC) our fantastic team of technical advisors get asked a range of different questions so it is great to take some of those questions and explain them through a short afternoon of Twitter activity. It is also a great opportunity for those watching from across the social media stratosphere with a project enquiry to send in a Tweet using #AskCelotex to our technical team member to provide assistance.

The Celotex Floor Technical Twitter Takeover

So, February’s TTT focused on the top of your house with a pitched roof application and the topic for March was at the other end, looking at floor applications. Here are some of the questions that Celotex are asked regularly about floor applications and insulation solutions.

Question 1 – What membranes should I use in a solid ground floor with Celotex insulation?
Celotex should be positioned above a dpm and below a minimum 500 gauge polythene seperating layer.

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The Celotex Pitched Roof Technical Twitter Takeover

The February Technical Twitter Takeover saw focus on pitched rCelotex Insulation Technical Twitter Takeoveroof application, including topics such as Building Regulations, ventilation and insulation between rafters.

Let’s crack on with the questions.

Question 1 – What U-values do I need to achieve to hit Building Regulations for an existing pitched roof? #AskCelotex. Under normal circumstances, existing pitched roofs would require a u-value of 0.18 W/m2K. Read more »

Celotex and Sustainability

Did you know?

  • Energy used in homes is responsible for over 25% of the UK’s CO2 emissions
  • UK households account for 61% (and rising) of total UK gas consumption
  • UK householder spending on energy has doubled since 2003. A household is deemed fuel poor if it spends more than 10% of its income keeping warm
  • 45% of heat is lost through uninsulated solid walls. Installing solid wall insulation nationwide could save up to 14m tonnes of CO2. That’s the equivalent emissions of 3.5 million cars!
  • 2.3 million solid wall installations are required by 2022 to meet current climate change targets
  • High performance thermal insulation continues to be one of the most cost effective measures for improving thermal efficiency and tackling climate change

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Celotex ‘Beyond Part L 2013’ CPD

Don’t forget! Celotex has an online CPD available right now until the 3rd of April – ‘Beyond Part L 2013‘. The online module via Building.co.uk provides guidance on what to expect from the 2016 energy targets for new homes, and how to ensure compliance.

The article is accredited by the CPD Certification Service. To earn CPD credits, read the article and then click the link below to complete your details and answer the questions. You will receive your results instantly, and if all the questions are correctly answered, you will be able to download your CPD certificate straight away.

Background

Part L of the Building Regulations, which covers the conservation of fuel and power, last changed on 6 April 2014, reducing CO2 emissions from new-build houses by 6% and for other non-domestic buildings by 9%. Part L 2013 is a key regulatory tool in driving CO2 reduction in the built environment and has been used to map out a path to zero carbon houses by 2016.

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Update – IMPORTANT: On 23 June 2017, in view of the focus on components of rainscreen cladding systems, Celotex stopped the supply of Celotex RS5000, pending further clarity.  RS5000 remains suspended. Celotex do not currently supply a solution for buildings over 18 metres.

In December 2017 we identified a compliance issue relating to our calculation and testing of the lambda value of products in our 4000 and 5000 range and the Crown-Bond and Crown-Fix products within Crown Flat Roofing range. Material such as product downloads & specifications is for information only.

On 30 January 2018, Celotex made a further public announcement in relation to the full system testing of RS5000 pursuant to BS8414:2.  The announcement can be read here

Celotex Ecobuild 2015 Round-Up

What a cracker! Following months of preparation and planning, on March the 3rd Ecobuild 2015 finally opened it’s doors to visitors from all corners of the world. This year, Celotex wanted to do something different and innovative that would catch the eye of passers by for this year’s all new and exciting show.

So, Celotex turned on the Augmented Reality.

What is Augmented Reality?

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Update – IMPORTANT: On 23 June 2017, in view of the focus on components of rainscreen cladding systems, Celotex stopped the supply of Celotex RS5000, pending further clarity.  RS5000 remains suspended. Celotex do not currently supply a solution for buildings over 18 metres.

In December 2017 we identified a compliance issue relating to our calculation and testing of the lambda value of products in our 4000 and 5000 range and the Crown-Bond and Crown-Fix products within Crown Flat Roofing range. Material such as product downloads & specifications is for information only.

On 30 January 2018, Celotex made a further public announcement in relation to the full system testing of RS5000 pursuant to BS8414:2.  The announcement can be read here

It’s that time of year again, where businesses of all shapes and sizes, from across the world make their final preparations for the Ecobuild show.

If you don’t know already, Ecobuild is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings.

Celotex are hosting a series of seminars in the Building Performance theatre. With eleven seminars across three days, the theatre will bring together industry thourhgt-leaders to provoke conversation and debate about key topics. The seminar programme will cover a range of subjects from ‘Tackling the Performance Gap in New Homes’ to ‘Performance in Practice with a Fabric First Approach’, and will include speakers from Marks and Spencer, Celotex, Siemens and BSRIA to name but a few.

Celotex will also be introducing its latest product innovation – Celotex RS5000 along with the CelotExperience.

For attendees and exhibitors looking to get more from Ecobuild in 2015, come and see Celotex in the North Hall on the Building Performance Seminar Stream. You can register for free entry here – Ecobuild 2015.

Celotex at Ecobuild 2015
Team Celotex take on the Saint-Gobain 350 Anniversary Bike Ride

As you may or may not be aware, this year is a cause for celebration, with Celotex achieving it’s 90th birthday and Saint-Gobain achieving an incredible 350 years in business. So, it’s important we celebrate, and celebrate in style.

Saint-Gobain has already kicked off the year with a bang with an anniversary film illustrating its “350 reasons to believe in the future.” Saint-Gobain also introduced to the world the first of four breathtaking pavilions, placed in elegant Shanghai, China. The pavilions are the perfect visual example of the innovation that Saint-Gobain have continually achieved over the last 350 years and will continue to achieve in the years to come.

That’s not all though! Saint-Gobain have introduced a cycle challenge that will involve 120 colleagues from across Saint-Gobain, cycling from England to France, to celebrate the Group’s 350th anniversary.

What’s the Challenge?

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Celotex Supports Cold Homes Week

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Cold Homes Week, 2-6 February, gives focus to the important and neglected issue of fuel poverty which has a firm grasp of England. According to statistics from the Energy Bill Revolution (the hosts of this campaign) there are 7 million people suffering from fuel poverty in England, a figure that has seen increase over recent years.

This year proves to be a big year from the political perspective with a fast approaching election on the horizon that will shape the future of the United Kingdom. Currently, the Government defines fuel poverty as those spending 10% or more of their annual income on heating their home to an adequate level. The Cold Homes Week campaign aims to tackle this issue head on, raising awareness of fuel poverty and those affected as well as encouraging MPs to support the campaign.
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Zeroing in on Part L in 2015

The New Year is well and truly here and the visit from Santa (assuming you have all been good of course) is but a distant memory as 2015 stretches out in front of us.  So, what joys await the wonderful world of construction? Or more precisely, what regulatory challenges do we face?

Given that buildings account for 45% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, policy tweaks to tackle this challenge are never far away and 2015 is no exception with more work to do on Part L, The Conservation of Fuel and Power.

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