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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.

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.

Foam sprayed behind the hold boarding.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

Summoned by Police Scotland………

ecoadmin, August 21, 2015

 

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Police Scotland

We were recently  summoned by Police Scotland to carry out insulation treatment to one of their properties in the Isle of Islay.

eco Insulate was originally contacted by Strathclyde Police a few years ago  but the project was put on hold during reorganisation to a single national force. Police Scotland kept details of the advice and recommended treatment provided by eco Insulate and returned to get the work completed for their staff in time for the coming winter.

The timber clad, steel framed  building proved difficult to insulate using more conventional materials and as there were similar adjoining properties, external wall insulation systems were deemed unsuitable. Elastopor  water blown open cell foam by BASF was injected into the void behind the internal plaster finish  which improved both the thermal efficiency of the property as well as reducing heat loss through air leakage. Work was completed within a couple of days after which it was a case of  ‘Carry on Sergeant’!

Back to school……………..

ecoadmin, June 25, 2015
Underfloor insulation at Stromness Academy

Underfloor insulation at Stromness Academy

We’re pleased to have successfully completed spray foam insulation work at two schools in Orkney. Following our previous pilot project for Orkney Islands Council completed around three years ago, the underfloor areas of Papdale Primary School and Stromness Academy were sprayed with BASF ENERTITE open cell foam as part of the Council’s schools refurbishment programme. The contract was secured following  a formal tender process and ultimately we were selected for our experience and competitive rates.  Colin Davidson our Surveying and Estimating Manager believes our previous experience at these schools and ongoing working relationship with the Client held us in good stead. It was however necessary for us to be competitive and prove that our overall service and product range was superior to a number of other contractors. The award of this contract further enhances our reputation for working under critical conditions where the needs of the client and end user are paramount to achieving what is required.’

Eco Insulate worked with the Main Contractor but application of the foam insulation was started ahead of the main contract to take advantage of local school holidays. However the scope of the treatment meant that much of the work was carried out during normal school hours when staff and pupils were present which required careful planning and close liaison with all parties.

BASF Enertite open cell foam was applied to depths up to 100mm to provide underfloor insulation with the additional benefit of preventing heat loss through air leakage. Enertite is ideal for use in these situations as it is water blown, contains no VOC’s and is formaldehyde free.

Homebuilding and Renovating Show: Glasgow

ecoadmin, May 7, 2015
Scottish Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015

Scottish Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015

Come and visit us at this year’s Homebuilding  and Renovating Show being held at the SECC on the 16th and 17th May. This will be our 7th year at the event which has proved invaluable for those considering  building and improvement projects for their homes.

Over the years we have spoken to many folk and helped them improve the energy efficiency of their properties as well as installing air tight foam insulation for new build  projects. This has involved our spraying teams travelling the length  and breadth of Scotland from Dumfries in the South West to The Black Isle in the North.

Come and see us on stand 435 where we’ll be pleased to discuss your plans in greater detail.

For free tickets click on the above logo or follow this link:

www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/scotfree

 

Do you specify CE marked products?

ecoadmin, February 13, 2015
CE Marking of Building products is a legal requirement under The Construction Products Regulations. The mark is a Declaration of Conformity and is often used in association with BBA accreditation. As long as a product is CE marked it’s not always necessary for products to hold a BBA assessment although this may be required in certain circumstances. This is of particular relevance when specifying spray Pu foam insulation products as the increasing demand for these in the UK has led to many new suppliers entering the market which may not always carry the required certification. As a specifier or property owner its important that you seek clarification from  contractors to ensure that products supplied meet this minimum legal requirement which refers to the material’s:
Performance in relation to fire,
Thermal performance,
Water permeability,
Water vapour permeability and
Release of dangerous substances in relation to the indoor environment.
As a  BASF FoamMaster approved contractor, we only use products manufactured and supplied by BASF which meet this criteria, so you can be confident in the quality and service provided.

Annandale Energy Challenge 2014

ecoadmin, October 30, 2014

We’re proud to be supporting the Energy Agency and Dormont Estate with their forthcoming Energy Challenge which forms part of a national roadshow to encourage local communities to save energy and money.

The event which takes place at Dalton Village Hall on 22nd November between 10.30 and 4.30 will offer independent advice which could save homeowners up to 30% on energy costs. A number of companies will also be exhibiting their products and services and be on hand to provide additional information where required.

For information on energy saving advice and tips, the availability of grants for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy, visit the Energy Agency website at www.energyagency.org.uk

To receive an instant FREE personalised report on how to save energy, click on the following link http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Insulation/Home-Energy-Check

 
 
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