Increasing thermal performance is always a high priority for homeowners when looking to upgrade the insulation of their pitched roof.
As well as adding comfort to your home, a well-insulated roof increases property value (when seeking to create an additional room), significantly reduces heating bills and most importantly provides a warm, airtight space without the need for additional pipework.
To ensure you get specification right and achieve the desired results from your roof refurbishment, here are our top 7 considerations: Read more »
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.
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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.
An R-value is the resistance value of particular components in construction and includes materials such as plasterboard, brick or insulation. It tells you how well these components insulate against heat and is determined by thickness. Adding them all together gives you an understanding of how well the construction will stop the heat escaping.
Although rigid insulation such as Celotex does a fantastic job of keeping your home warm in the winter months, it isn’t the nicest stuff to handle sometimes. Here is just a very quick 30 second snapshot video showing you a couple of PPE items to consider when handling insulation.
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 »
Celotex and others from across Saint-Gobain have enjoyed a day dedicated to EHS. EHS Day is a time to reflect on our achievements and ambition towards how we can better serve the Environment and preserve and protect our Health. Plus the importance of Safety, ensuring we all get home to our families at the end of the day. Read more »
2016 has been a busy year of change across the UK. Leicester City Football Club conquered all to win the 2015/16 Premier League title and now sitting down in 12th (sorry to any Leicester fans out there reading this, the only way is up!). The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU and now Great British Bake Off is switching over to Channel 4. Some might argue these things are trivial in life, but to some, they’re important changes.
Lots of people visit our website every single month and we have over 110,000 Celotex Members’ signed up for access to our innovative digital tools, so it’s important that we let you know about what’s changed. 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.