With the changes to Part L of the Building Regulations now firmly in place, developers are seeking high quality insulation products that will enable them to fulfill the strict new requirements. For this reason, Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® Timber Frame Party Wall Slab and FrameTherm Slab glass mineral wool insulation has been installed in a new development of timber frame properties in Bournemouth.
Commissioned by Bournemouth Council, the project consists of eight bungalows, nine houses and a community centre, situated in the Bradpole Road area of the city. Searching for an insulation solution that would efficiently meet the necessary U-values, contractors Allwood Timber Construction, were impressed by the excellent thermal performance delivered by Knauf Insulation’s timber frame products.
Steve Griffiths, Managing Director of Allwood Timber Construction, commented: “The main reason we specified Knauf Insulation’s products is that they enabled us to achieve a zero effective (0.0W/m2K) U-value on the party wall by fully filling the cavity. An additional bonus is that, as a non-combustible material, it provided fire compartmentation during the construction phase of this project. By fully filling the cavities, they provide an extra level of fire protection in addition to the usual fire stops installed in timber frame buildings.
“Although I was familiar with Knauf Insulation’s products before this project, this is the first time we have used these particular solutions. We are very happy with their performance and have adopted them for use on other builds.”