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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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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. Material such as product downloads & specifications is for information only. Celotex do not currently supply a solution for buildings over 18 metres.

For latest statements and information on RS5000 and rainscreen cladding applications please see our dedicated site > inform.celotex.co.uk

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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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. Material such as product downloads & specifications is for information only. Celotex do not currently supply a solution for buildings over 18 metres.

For latest statements and information on RS5000 and rainscreen cladding applications please see our dedicated site > inform.celotex.co.uk

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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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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It’s a new year which means a new start, but what were your top 8 questions of 2014? This brief blog looks at what we covered in the final Technical Twitter Takeover of 2014 pointing you in the right direction for some of the key questions sent in to us at Celotex.

Need to know where to find out about the installation of Celotex?

After some guidance on insulating walls, floors and roofs with Celotex?

Or perhaps just after some of the key benefits of using Celotex in your projects?

This post is a good starting point. So, let’s get into it! Here is the summary of the 8 questions tackled.

1.    How do I Install Celotex?

That depends upon your specific application. Celotex is suitable for use in your floors, walls and roofs. The best place to start is with our Handy Guide which is available on our website here: http://www.celotex.co.uk/resources/the-handy-guide. Our Handy Guide is a useful tool for identifying our range of product and their use, but it also includes our application installation guidelines. All applications from floors, to walls, up to roofs are included with installation guidelines in our Handy Guide.

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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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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. Material such as product downloads & specifications is for information only. Celotex do not currently supply a solution for buildings over 18 metres.

For latest statements and information on RS5000 and rainscreen cladding applications please see our dedicated site > inform.celotex.co.uk

It’s been a busy and productive year at Celotex, with production on the rise and good weather seeing us busy right up to Christmas. Here are 14 (see what we did there) of Celotex’ highlights from 2014!

1. Insulating Britain

The Insulating Britain campaign simplified the changes to the UK Building Regulations and how they impacted the industry. The roadshow was a huge success with our campaign stretching the length and breadth of the country, reaching out to key Celotex Insulation Specialists Insulating Britainindustry leaders while turning a few heads along the way. The journey enabled Celotex to provide architects, specifiers, distributors, merchants and contractors with the latest updates and information on how to simplify compliance as well as provide expert advice and guidance.

If you missed the campaign, don’t worry, all the information is still available on our Insulating Britain website. And in addition it’s not too late to book a CPD on the Part L and Section 6 changes. Book a CPD now.

2. All Aboard! The Celotex Bus.

So, let’s get a bit more specific. Insulating Britain involved a roadshow, but what did that involve? Well, it was quite literally a show on the road. In March of 2014 Celotex toured the UK on a double decker bus, stopping at 50 major towns and cities over the course of 3 months, with one aim; to educate the industry on the Building Regulation changes that came into force. The Celotex Insulating Britain Roadshow started at Ecobuild running through to late May, and was a roaring success. If you missed the tour, don’t worry! We have a whole host of photographs on our media gallery and you can recap the journey.

3. EcoBuild 2014

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The Quest to define Zero Carbon has been going on for so long that it wouldn’t surprise me if the final regulation comes with a foreword by Tolkien.

The twists and turns in the plot are worthy of Middle Earth. Although of the two tales, the quest to destroy The Ring is in my view, far easier. Why? Well, Mount Doom (the final destination for those of you not familiar with the Lord of the Rings) stayed put. Didn’t move. Just sat there and said “I’m here – do your worst”. OK, generally mountains aren’t very chatty but as the trees (Ents) strolled around talking anything is possible in Middle Earth.

Can we say the same for the final destination for Zero Carbon? Not really. The Target tends to move. Flits about at the whim of politicians. Hides behind terms like ‘Allowable Solutions’. Sometimes includes the carbon from white goods sometimes not. Generally it’s a pretty tough task to pin it down and only the really keen continue to fight the good fight, while most just give it up as a couple of buzzwords that don’t really matter much in the real world anyway.

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