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Report outlines huge insulation challenge

The UK has taken some steps to improve the amount of insulation in homes, but the country is still well behind where it needs to be if it is to meet its carbon emissions targets by 2050. A report delivered to Parliament by the Green Building Council (GBC) has noted that four out of every five homes... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation - Under Floor Heating Insulation

From Cold War to warm insulation: how an RAF base is being turned into a new village

The recent government housing white paper detailed a range of plans the government has come up with for increasing the number of new homes being built, all of which is good news for various parts of the construction sector. Indeed, those fitting cavity wall insulation, waterproofing cellars or showe... More >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing - - Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation

UK house building continues to rise

With modern energy performance legislation being what it is, new-build homes in Britain need to be well-insulated. That means any increase in the number being built is good news for the insulation industry, as each new home means a new insulation fitting job. Since the recession of 2008-09 and the... More >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing - Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation - Under Floor Heating Insulation

Council hails insulation plan for Camden homes near HS2

The leader of Camden Council has spoken of the local authority's pride in securing a number of concessions for residents affected by the building of the HS2 rail line. Speaking as the bill to build the first part of the high-speed link from London to Birmingham finally passed into law,... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation

Refurbished university facility gets better insulation

Improved insulation is one of the features of an upgraded facility for students at the University of Birmingham. The University Centre's Avon Room and former Coffee Lounge has been undergoing a major revamp and the latest phase has seen the reopening of the study area with room for 190... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Waterproofing potential for flood resilience shown in new house

A home has been designed with a number of special features designed to show how effective waterproofing can be in making a home resilient against flooding. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has built what it has described as a 'resilient house', a prototype designed to show how a... More >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing - Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation - Under Floor Heating Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing

Install more insulation in buildings, public sector urged

The public sector can do more to combat climate change, reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency by fitting more insulation, according to managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust Richard Rugg. Mr Rugg made this point in an article for Public Sector Executive, in which he pointed... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation

Liverpool apartments boom set to keep wetroom workers busy

The growth of the UK construction sector may have had particular significance for companies carrying out waterproofing work in showers and wetrooms, because a lot of the focus has been on apartments. While the average semi-detached home has plenty of room for a bath, many apartments do not, meaning... More >


Listed building set for energy-efficient refurbishment

The use of excellent thermal insulation is a key factor behind the work to refurbish a Grade II-listed building achieving a BREEAM Very Good rating. Hanover House is a listed former warehouse in Manchester, which is to undergo a £34 million refit by Russell Construction, the building firm has... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

UK gets 'final warning' from EU over air pollution

Britain may be about to leave the EU, but that has not prevented the European Commission from issuing a "final warning" over air pollution. The UK was found to have breached legal limits on nitrogen oxide levels and was told it had two months to address the situation or face action at the... More >

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Big housing association gets EIB funding for major project

One of the largest housing associations in Britain has managed to secure funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its latest development plans. Sovereign, the sixth largest housing association in the UK, has secured a £150 million facility for its plans, which will include building... More >

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Insulation makes new mansion 'far cheaper to run'

It may be imagined that those who can afford to buy a mansion will not worry too much about the cost of heating, but energy efficiency is a notable feature of one new home built in Northumberland. The newly-built property in the Tranwell Woods area of Morpeth is certainly not within the reach of... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Churches recognised for eco-friendly measures

The challenge of being more eco-friendly is one that all kinds of organisations are striving to take on, whether they are commercial enterprises keen to build up their green credentials and save energy costs, or voluntary sector bodies with a particular concern for the environment. Increasingly,... More >

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London set for more tunnels as Bakerloo line extension plans revealed

The London Underground is the oldest system of its kind in the world, and it has been extended many times. The network began with shallow tunnels created by the cut-and-cover method, but as it has grown, deep tunnelling has enabled many more lines to be created, with one tunnel often overlying... More >

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Newcastle may be set for skyscraper revolution

Skyscrapers may be modern structures made with lots of steel and glass and seldom containing much brick, but good insulation is still necessary. Indeed, this will be particularly so for higher floors, where the outside temperature will be colder than near street level. For that reason, a possible... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Wetrooms to be fitted in Claridge's basement plan

The basement of Claridge's hotel in London is to be transformed with new wetrooms as it is fitted with a new spa and swimming pool. Claridge's has gained planning permission for a huge 'Iceberg' basement that will extend five storeys below ground, with the 20,000 sq ft of excavated... More >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing

Eco-friendly school construction starts in Carmarthenshire

Work has started to build a new school building constructed to the highest energy efficient standards in the Carmarthenshire town of Tywyn. The 50-year-old Ysgol Parc Y Tywyn school is set to be radically modernised as part of Carmarthenshire County Council's Modernising Education Programme,... More >

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Council's external wall insulation programme gets boost

Dundee City Council has received a major cash boost after a number of different sources came forward to provide more funding. The scheme has seen a large number of properties with solid walls across the city being equipped with external wall insulation to keep them warmer as the cold days... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation

Council plans to go greener with new building

Local authorities have been heavily involved in efforts to make homes more energy efficient with a series of schemes to fit external wall insulation or cavity wall insulation. This has the benefits of cutting fuel poverty as homes become cheaper to heat, as well as lowering carbon footprints.... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Nearly 30 per cent of Scottish homes with cavities lack insulation

The number of homes with good insulation in Scotland has increased, but there is a long way to go to ensure every home is adequately equipped to stay warm in cold weather. According to the Scottish House Condition Survey, which was published by the Scottish Government, 29 per cent of homes with cavi... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation

Southbank Centre Refurbishment

A £25 million refurbishment programme of London’s Southbank Centre is nearing completion.  This complex of buildings, completed in 1968 including the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery evolved from 1951’s Festival of Britain... More >


Grant helps pay for insulation to be fitted in hall

A community hall in Gloucestershire is set to be fitted with insulation at last, after a grant was provided for it following an unsuccessful bid for lottery cash. Lydney Community Centre will be insulated thanks to £14,750 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, with the money also... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Insulation vital to preventing winter deaths, says charity

Fewer people would die because of the cold in winter if homes were better insulated, the charity Age Concern has said. The organisation's Welsh branch Age Cymru has said new figures showing that the number of additional deaths attributable to the cold seasonal weather is higher in Wales than in... More >

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What is BS 8233:2014?

When it comes to constructing a new building, or upgrading an existing one, there's a lot to think about. From choosing the right building products, to ensuring they're installed correctly, there are a lot of standards, regulations and recommendations to sift through. BS 8233:2014 is one... More >


Scottish Labour urges new target for tackling fuel poverty

After the Scottish government failed to meet its commitment to eradicate fuel poverty across Scotland by November 2016, the Scottish Labour party has called for a new target. The Scottish government's goal was a challenging one, but with more than one-third of Scottish homes (35 per cent) still... More >

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Eden Project plans new energy-efficient hotel

The Eden Project has announced its plans to build an on-site hotel.  While the Eden Project - known for its enormous biomes which house various species of plants and include an indoor rainforest - is Cornwall's most visited attraction, these plans are hoped to make it... More >

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Homes in Cardigan and Llanarth get £1.6 million Warm Homes funding

Ceredigion County Council has successfully secured £1.6 million from the Welsh Government's Warm Homes Arbed Scheme. The money will be used to improve homes in the Teifi Ward, Cardigan and Llanarth. The government scheme has been implemented to help support the Welsh government in... More >


The rise of the multi-generational home

Over the last decade, there has been a substantial increase in the number of multigenerational homes in the UK. Recent research from Aviva shows that there has been a 46 per cent increase in multi-family households, while the number of 21-34 year-olds living with their parents has... More >

Categories: Wet Room Waterproofing

Practical tips for planning a wetroom

It's easy to see why wetroom style bathrooms are so popular. For one thing, their clean lines and minimalist appearance are very stylish and can help to bring a spa-like ambience to your home. They also allow you to make better use of space, they're easy to clean and are ideal for... More >


What kinds of sound insulation do you need in an office?

Busy offices can be very noisy places, with just some of the constant sounds including colleagues talking to each other and customers, telephones ringing, keyboards clicking and doors opening and closing. Depending on where the office is located, there may also be a significant amount of noise... More >