Sustainability

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Eurocell All Together Better

Our recycling process has been developed entirely in-house using our own engineering expertise and by adopting best practices from other industries, such as food manufacturing and rail engineering.

Eurocell has developed Dual Material Extrusion Technology (DMET) to enable the accurate processing of post-consumer (end-of-life) recycled material. DMET is used in all the manufacture of our main window profile systems, equating to approximately 27,000 tonnes of new products annually. With DMET, all of the post-consumer recycled material is concentrated in the core of the profiles, so the external faces maintain the finish quality and UV stability performance demanded by the relevant quality standards and customer expectations.

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VRC Homes introduce ‘Share The Build’ for social housing

‘Share The Build’ is designed to increase the speed of delivery as well as requiring less on- site skill.

VRC Homes use galvanised steel flat pack modules with insulated wall panels. The modules cement fibre floor are over-laid with an insulated floating floor. The trusses are fitted, then sheeted with a weatherproof membrane and the exterior openings covered in plastic film.
VRC Homes provide and install the skeletal structure on pre-prepared foundations, so allowing the client to continue the build from first fix stage within a few days of arrival.

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Spray applied insulation –  high performance heat loss mitigation

When Britain began its post war building boom, coal was king and energy was relatively cheap, so little thought was given to heat loss and few buildings were constructed with any meaningful level of insulation.

Seventy years on and the world is very different. With sky-high heating costs and a greater focus on the need to reduce energy consumption, builders, landlords and homeowners all take the insulation of their properties much more seriously.


But before we look at insulation it’s important to understand what’s involved. Insulation in a building is introduced to provide resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance the insulation provides, the lower the likely heating [and cooling] costs. Good levels of insulation not only reduce heating and cooling costs, but also improve comfort.

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Wienerberger sources renewable electricity from DONG Energy

Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of building material solutions, has announced a partnership with global leader in offshore wind power DONG Energy, which will now supply all of Wienerberger’s UK sites with renewable electricity. The partnership demonstrates Wienerberger’s commitment to responsible sourcing and reducing the carbon footprint of its business activities.

DONG Energy supplies renewable electricity from eight offshore wind farms in the UK, backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs). Last year the company announced it would supply renewable electricity at no additional premium, so that UK businesses can achieve their sustainability ambitions without commercial disadvantage.

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Sound environmental credentials from Swish

For Roofline and rainwater goods specialists, Swish Building Products, environmental responsibility goes hand in hand with efficient manufacture, supply and distribution. Housing Association Magazine takes a look.

The basic design principles of UK housing stock have changed very little over the last hundred years or so. Our favourite style is a rectangular masonry box topped by a pitched, tiled roof with a network of troughing and pipework to channel away the large quantities of rainwater that characterise the country’s climate.

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Shining a light on solar: not just an energy solution for detached houses with south facing gardens

Solar panels – the public know what they are, but just how much do they really know about them? Surprisingly little, according to research* revealed today by Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, which is aiming to make installing solar simpler for consumers by launching its new solar panel offering this week.

  • 1 in 3 people aspire to have solar panels on their home, however over 40% of people over-estimate the cost of solar panel installation
  • Nearly 1 in 5 believe that they can only be fitted on houses with south facing gardens
  • Price, cost savings and aesthetic are the most important factors when it comes to considering installing solar
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PAREX EWI system features on award-winning medical project

A PAREX External Wall Insulation SYSTEM (EWI) has contributed to the energy efficiency of a new centre for Cystic Fibrosis patients voted as runner-up in major regional awards.

The £6.6 million Wolfson Centre on the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust City Hospital campus was selected as runner-up in the Large Project of the Year section of the 2016 Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards East Midlands.

The centre provides a “home in hospital” when needed for around 250 adult Cystic Fibrosis patients from Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties. It has been funded with major support from the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the community.

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