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BREEAM Target for new generation of spray foams.

ecoadmin, April 27, 2017

Interserve-Kajima JV named preferred bidder to design, finance and maintain SNBTS National Centre in Edinburgh

Eco Insulate Ltd now offer the latest closed cell foam products developed by BASF to help combat climate change. The new generation of eco-friendly spray foams are free of ingredients that contribute to global warming through the greenhouse effect or depletion of the ozone layer. Elastospray LWP comprises eco-friendly alternatives to the HFC’s conventionally used as blowing agents in spray foam. The elimination of fluorinated gases will help to meet the target of a two thirds reduction in F-gas emissions across Europe by 2030. The product carries the CE mark and is undergoing assessment for BBA accreditation, it will also ultimately meet the needs of Architects and Specifiers designing to BREEAM standards.

Bryan Woods, Managing Director of eco Insulate said ‘Whilst breathable open cell foam products with their associated green credentials will continue to be part of our product range, their lower thermal performance characteristics make compliance with The Building Standards more difficult. The launch of Elastospray LWP provides a sustainable, air tight, high performance insulation solution which can meet requirements of the Building Standards. This highlights the benefits of working with our supplier, BASF as their continuing investment in research and development allows us to supply products which are manufactured here in the UK to meet the ever-changing demands of the construction industry.’

Elastospray LWP offers low thermal conductivity, air tightness, water tightness, good mechanical properties and high compressive strength in one application together with exceptionally low GWP and zero ODP. The foam is spray applied directly onto the surfaces to be treated and its excellent adherence properties eliminate the need for mechanical fixings. Air tightness is readily achieved without the need to tape and seal joints which would typically be associated with quilt or board insulation due to its seamless application.

Amazing Spaces-Amazing Insulation

ecoadmin, November 9, 2016

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Earlier this year, we carried out spray foam insulation treatment to a Sea King helicopter which recently featured in George Clarks’ Amazing Spaces on Channel 4. Catch up with the programme here.

The helicopter was originally bought from the MOD by the owners of Mains Farm Wigwams of Thornhill near Stirling for conversion into a luxury holiday home to sleep a family of up to 5. It’s now been added to their range of accommodation which includes caravans and wigwams with extensive views over the surrounding countryside.

The helicopter was sprayed with BASF WALLTITE CL100 closed cell foam to insulate the aircraft and reduce any risk of condensation forming on the metal fuselage. In order to incorporate a shower room, beds, a kitchen and dining area, internal space had to be maximised and the foam treatment was ideal as it didn’t require any special fixings or ventilated spaces whilst also overcoming any potential thermal bridging issues. The seamless and high adhesion properties of the material also meant that the unusual curved shape of the fuselage could be fully treated without cutting or forming joints. The project was filmed over several weeks with key elements such as the spray foam treatment being featured in the programme. Filmed in real time the application process was seen to be quick and effective and the helicopter was treated within one day.

This was an unusual but interesting project to be involved with which emphasized the varied uses and applications to which sprayed insulation can be applied. We have now successfully completed work covering the Land, Sea and Air including buildings, marine craft and of course this Sea King helicopter.

Grade A results achieved……..

ecoadmin, August 31, 2016
Referenceline link to Trusted Trader reviews

Referenceline link to Trusted Trader reviews

Our customer service feedback forms received over the course of 2015 showed that we achieved a 94% ‘excellent’ /’ good’ rating in respect of the quality of installation and the customers overall experience of our company. This confirms the consistency of our business methods  and approach to a variety of projects as we achieved similar ratings over previous years.

Whilst this information has been collated  from our own research, its been confirmed by the independent assessment provided by the Dumfries and Galloway ‘Trusted Trader’ scheme of which we’ve been a member for just over one year. Our  overall rating to date is 9.6/10 equating to 96% customer satisfaction. This of course is encouraging, but is no reason for us to sit back and relax as there’s still  (a little) room for improvement.

We will continue to carry out our own monitoring but will also refer to the independent assessment to ensure a wholly accurate rating and to help us identify any areas in which we can improve. But don’t take our word for it, follow this link to find out for yourself:

http://www.referenceline.com/insulation-in-lockerbie-ecoinsulateltd-60167

Gone fishin’

ecoadmin, July 19, 2016

We were recently asked to treat the internal hull of a newly built trawler which was undergoing its internal fitting out.WALLTITE CL100 foam was sprayed behind timber boarding within the hold area to protect the steel hull. The   catch from each trip  will be stored in the hold whilst at sea and  closed cell foam was chosen for its resistance to moisture, insulating and air sealing  properties.

The Trawler Arcturus.

The Trawler Arcturus.

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Bacteria beaten……

ecoadmin, June 22, 2016
Air sealing at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service HQ

Air sealing at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service HQ

We were recently contacted to solve a problem of unwanted air movement between different activity zones at the new Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service HQ being built in Edinburgh.

The Main Contractor, Interserve needed to seal the perimeter of laboratories and research rooms to prevent the movement of bacteria  which could arise due to differing air pressures within the main building. After a visit to site we put forward proposals and although access was impeded by service ducts and in some cases suspended ceilings, work proceeded according to plan. BASF WALLTITE CL100 foam was spray applied at the junction of partition walls and the structural ceiling to provide an effective air seal between each zone. It was necessary to liaise with other contractors to avoid working above their tradesmen so our team worked a back shift ensuring that most of the work would be carried out whilst the site was relatively quiet.

The initial treatment was so successful from both an operational and technical point of view that  the  Main Contractor extended the field of work to include additional areas including pipe and flue penetrations through the roof.

Angus target EESSH

ecoadmin, May 3, 2016

As part of their policy to continually invest in their housing stock Angus Housing Association have recently embarked on a capital works programme to improve the thermal performance of their properties. This will help them achieve the requirements of EESSH by improving the energy efficiency of their many flatted properties which fall into the Hard to Treat category.
The decision to proceed was based on 4 pilot projects carried out over the last two years by eco Insulate Ltd with the performance of the properties being monitored by Robert Gordon University. The encouraging results led to the Association appointing Hamish Bell Associates to issue tender documents to a number of specialist contractors. We were subsequently awarded the contract to treat 37 houses based on a combination of our competitive rates, quality and service performance criteria.
The properties, which are traditionally built will be treated using BASF Elastopor open cell foam, injected into the void between the internal plaster finish and solid masonry walls. This will ensure that the overall external appearance of the buildings is maintained. There will be no need to decant tenants while the work proceeds, saving the Association time and costs for temporary accommodation. It’s expected that the insulation work to each flat will take around one day, minimising any inconvenience to tenants.

We achieve Construction Line approval……………….

ecoadmin, March 23, 2016

 

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Eco Insulate Ltd are proud to announce that they have received Construction Line approval. Construction Line is recognised as being the leading organisation for bringing together all parties involved in the tendering process and helps to reduce the need for lengthy PQQ’s and paper trails. The organisation required detailed submissions of Eco Insulate Ltd’s policies including Training, Equal Opportunities and of course Health and Safety. Suitable references were also sought from clients for whom the company had previously carried out commercial projects. The addition of Construction Line approval will provide potential Clients and Contractors with a reassurance that the company’s financial standing is sound and their Health and Safety procedures and insurance cover meet expected standards.

This reflects the demand for their eco Insulate Ltd’s services which has led to an excellent start to 2016 with contracts being awarded by Housing Associations and Private clients alike. Bryan Woods, MD of eco Insulate Ltd said ‘Receiving this assessment means that new clients can appoint our company for any spray foam insulation project with complete confidence. I believe we are the only Spray foam contractor based in Scotland that is able to provide independent assurances regarding our sound professional and financial standing. Clients will be able to make use of our services without the prior need to carry out the usual checks as these are now provided through Construction Line.’

The first contract to be awarded following this assessment involves a large project on behalf of Scottish Enterprise requiring BASF Walltite CL100 material being applied to the underside of box profile roof sheeting. Work has already commenced on site and is expected to continue until after the Easter period.

Home Energy Fair, 19th March 2016

ecoadmin, February 29, 2016

flyerCome and visit us at the Home Energy Fair at the University of West Scotland, Ayr on Saturday 19th March from 10.00 – 15.30hrs.

The event which has been organised by The Energy Agency in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council will showcase Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transport,Energy savings, Grants, Waste and Water solutions and have many interactive attractions including the chance to test drive electric vehicles.

It provides an ideal opportunity to learn more about all things Energy related and is completely free!

A warm start to the year……

ecoadmin, February 23, 2016

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Half way through the first quarter of 2016 we’re pleased to announce a full order book which will take us well into Spring. Despite the weather being unseasonally mild this winter, a combination of large organisations and private clients have decided to choose our foam products to improve the thermal efficiency of their properties.

Already this year we’ve carried out work at a paper making factory in Manchester,  sound and thermal insulation for a Housing Association in Glasgow, commenced a large insulation programme comprising 50 flats for another Housing Association in the North East,  completed insulation work for two local estates and applied separate roof, underfloor and wall treatments for private clients.

In order to meet our commitments and ensure we don’t let our customers down we’ve taken on an additional spray foam technician and have also been working  weekends. Our Trusted Trader  rating of 9.6/10 confirms that our focus on customer service coupled with offering quality products  made in the UK by BASF  is a winning combination.

See us in Edinburgh

ecoadmin, August 28, 2015
Edinburgh Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015

Edinburgh Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015

Once again we are participating  at the Homebuilding and Renovating show at the RHC, Ingliston, Edinburgh. The event runs over the weekend of 24th and 25th October and following its success at launch last year  has even more  seminars, products and exhibitors providing something of interest for everyone. After our attendance at the Glasgow show earlier this year, this autumnal event  provides continuity for visitors and also helps them prepare for the onslaught of winter.

Come and visit us on stand 651 for an informal chat about your  forthcoming projects and to see how we can help.

Free tickets are available by logging onto  www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/scot-free