With the shortlist for the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award dominated by Olympians many people will think back to their favourite Olympics with great sporting achievements from the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave on the rowing lakes, Sir Chris Hoy in the velodromes or Denise Lewis OBE in the heptathlon competition.
My favourite Olympics is the 1992 games in Spain not only did Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe’s brilliant ‘Barcelona’ feature in television coverage but Britain’s Linford Christie won the marquee event of the men’s 100m final in a time of 9.96 seconds. Improvements in sports science and training methods have helped subsequent 100m Olympic champions better this time with Usain Bolt posting an incredible 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympics.
The need to ‘go faster’ has not only dominated the world of athletics but has also been seen in the construction industry. The rise in popularity of timber frame houses and off site construction pays testament to this trend for improving the speed of builds.
Which plasterboard insulation would you recommend?
To assist with this need for speed and efficiency Celotex brought to the market insulated plasterboards Celotex PL4000 and more recently GD5000. Both options feature insulation bonded to 12.5mm plasterboards to form a composite product suitable to either mechanically fix or dot and dab depending on your application.
Refurbishment can be a technically challenging area. The Celotex Technical Centre speaks to a wide range of customers every day – many of whom are looking for design advice around a refurbishment project.
Whether it is an architect working on a whole building refurbishment or a homeowner who is looking to upgrade the insulation in their own property, there is often a lot of confusion and even fear around topics such as moisture and condensation.
One area that we are often asked about is pitched roof refurbishment. When it is time to renew the roof covering, homeowners are often keen to take the opportunity to increase the thermal comfort of their home – especially if they have lived for many years in a property with little or no roof insulation.
In this blog we will look at some of the challenges of pitched roof insulation, touch upon some frequently asked questions and introduce an exciting new system – Celotex Rafter Gold. Read more »
Cavity Wall full-fill Product Innovation for Celotex is shortlisted for The Building Awards 2016
As a company that leads the way in technological innovations, Celotex filled a huge gap in the market with the introduction of Celotex CF5000. Developed with a clear focus on maximising thermal efficiency with thinner solutions, the new and innovative CF5000 system gives architects, designers and specifiers the whole picture for full fill cavity wall applications.
Instead of choosing commercial value or performance, housebuilders using CF5000 can have both.
The industry challenge
Cavity Wall (brick/block) is the predominant build method for the UK housing industry with 70% of 27.4 million homes built with cavity walls.
The change to Part L1a in 2013 (which sets the guidelines for new residential house builds) brought a second compliance metric, Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES).
As a result of these requirements the fabric of the building needed to be more robust, with better insulation, reduced air leakage and improved thermal bridging.
The ultimate goal: the homeowner to switch the heating on less.
Celotex’ Rob Warren continues his popular VLOG series with an EPC special. 12.6 million EPC’s have been issued since 2008 so let’s understand what they are and what they could mean for where we live. Read more »
Saint-Gobain to invest £20m for new Celotex insulation production facility
Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, the leader in the habitat and construction materials market are to invest £20million in a production facility for insulation specialists Celotex.
A planning application has been submitted for a brand new production facility for Celotex, the UK’s largest supplier of PIR insulation boards. This new facility will be located next to Saint-Gobain’s Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, with expected production due to begin in Spring 2017.
Celotex has been operating successfully for 90 years and making PIR in the UK since 1980. The company now employs over 220 people at its only production site in Suffolk, where there are two similar production lines to the one that will be constructed at the new facility in Eggborough. Celotex has a strong focus on innovation, technical support to the construction industry and delivering high standards of customer service. This investment will enable Celotex to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the developing market for insulation products in the UK, while also meeting the future needs of its customers.
Celotex Insulation talks Thermal Comfort with Santa
Celotex’ very own Head of Technical, Rob Warren takes to your screens again, this time providing an interesting link between thermal comfort in housing and Santa Claus. An unsurprising link, but one that works very well, as you will find out in the video! Plus a funny ‘outtake’ intro too.
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.
Celotex launches two new innovative products!
At our headquarters in Hadleigh, Suffolk, our growing team of insulation experts pride themselves in manufacturing innovative solutions for a range of applications in the construction industry. Over the past two years, we have introduced exciting new application solutions including Celotex RS5000, a rainscreen cladding product and more recently, in 2015, Celotex CF5000, our full fill cavity wall solution. We are also leading innovators with our services too, introducing the new and improved U-value Calculator as well as thermal bridging models to the Celotex Members Area.
Today, we announce the release of two new additions to our ‘best-in-class’ performance 0.021 W/mK lambda range. Celotex FI5000, a premium performance flooring solution suitable for concrete slab, beam and block, suspended timber and underfloor heating applications PLUS Celotex SL5000, a specialist concrete soffit liner solution. Both with enhanced thermal performance and installation benefits, saving time and money on-site.
So, with the introductions out of the way, let’s tell you a little more about these new product additions.