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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.

Summoned by Police Scotland………

ecoadmin, August 21, 2015


Police Scotland

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.

Utility company generates savings.

ecoadmin, September 8, 2014
Sprying rigs at Crewe WwTW

Spraying rigs at Crewe WwTW


Protection of services during the spraying process.








Following on from our recent success in gaining Nomenca Approved Contractor status, Eco Insulate Ltd have now completed a contract in excess of £155,000. This followed a detailed procurement process which included both the assessment of BASF products and our experience, skills and financial standing of eco Insulate Ltd as a nominated Foammaster approved contractor.

Time scales were critical and the project, which was carried out for one of the major utility companies, required close liaison with other services as the site  remained in operation throughout. High performance closed cell foam especially developed for external use was applied onto the concrete walls of the digesters and subsequently coated with a protective paint finish to provide a decorative and UV resistant surface.

The Digesters are large concrete structures which form part of the process of electrical power generation by Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engines running on biogas. The introduction of external insulation to the concrete walls will help maintain the optimum anaerobic conditions within the digesters, reducing the heat demand of the process. In turn this will minimise the need to use biogas powered boilers to generate heat which can then be preferentially used by the CHP engines to increase onsite electrical generation.

Waste water treatment processes generate gases  and the project involved working in a Potential Explosive Atmosphere Zone (PEAZ). This is where eco Insulate Ltd were seen to excel as we have the correct equipment and skills to work under these conditions. By using two spraying rigs complete with their own generators, compressors, proportioning machines and  are crucially fitted with earthing rods to prevent static build up, the equipment is completely self contained. Whilst this isn’t the largest project undertaken by Eco Insulate it builds on our previous experience of working in fully operational industrial sites as well as occupied premises of Housing Association clients.

We also took on additional personnel to help fulfil existing commitments and maintain programme times for other clients.

Swedish timber frame house

ecoadmin, March 12, 2014

Swedish HT IR_0453The City of Edinburgh recently instigated work to eradicate cavity wind noise and improve the thermal efficiency of one of their Swedish Timber frame house stock following the tenant’s comments regarding draughts through the structure.With the Client’s previous knowledge of our services we discussed various options which followed a full survey involving exposing a small area of the cladding to determine the full extent of the timber framed construction. This enabled the most suitable method of installation to be determined which would minimise disruption  and avoid internal decoration. It was subsequently decided to inject open cell foam through the external cladding and between the studs, filling the cavity and preventing any loose material from vibrating, at the same time improving the thermal efficiency of the property.

The Client proposed to monitor the overall difference in the performance of the building by installing data monitors to record energy usage and heat loss.The treatment carried out was specific to this type of property to overcome the particular  problems being experienced by the tenant but involved the following work:

Protective sheeting was laid over windows  and pathways and services penetrating the framing were masked off prior to treatment. A series of 12mm dia holes were drilled at 600mm centre at the vertical joint of the  cladding and open cell breathable foam injected into the void formed by the timber frame. PVC colour matched caps were then inserted into the holes as a temporary measure until the property was externally decorated under part of the Client’s maintenance programme.The tenant remained in occupation during the duration of work which took approximately two days.

Following  assessment of the data monitors it appeared that the Thermal efficiency of the property had improved although the full benefits could not be determined because of the very low heating levels applied. However no further adverse comments were received from the tenant and subsequent independent Thermal imaging proved the extent to which the foam had successfully filled the void and reduced heat loss when compared with an untreated erty.However no further adverse comments were received from the tenant and subsequent independent Thermal imaging proved the extent to which the foam had successfully filled the void and reduced heat loss when compared with an untreated property.

Client satisfaction equals warmer homes.

ecoadmin, January 8, 2013

Following ongoing assessments of work carried out in 2012 eco insulate Ltd have achieved a customer satisfaction rating of 97%. Many of these projects came about following knowledge sharing and referrals from previously satisfied customers who were impressed with both the insulation properties of the company’s spray foam materials and the way in which the work was successfully completed. The direct outcome was that buildings were treated which may otherwise have remained uninsulated as more conventional materials such as those supplied through Government grant schemes were unsuitable.


Resolving condensation and mould growth problems.

ecoadmin, December 5, 2012

Living habits change from one individual to another and modern lifestyles affect the way buildings are used. Often properties built to previous Building Standards suffer from condensation and mould growth which is bad for both the health of the occupant as well as the building fabric. Eco Insulate Ltd has recently been contracted to carry out retrofit work to overcome such problems for two Lothian based Social Housing providers. Our open cell foam material was sprayed and injected to improve the insulation and air tightness of properties owned by East Lothian Housing Association (Tranent) and Prospect Community Housing in Edinburgh. This work followed previously unsuccessful attempts by the clients to resolve the issues using more conventional insulating materials.


Hard to treat properties the new focus

ecoadmin, August 10, 2012

Both the Public and Private sectors have previously taken advantage of various Government initiatives to successfully upgrade millions of homes and improve their energy efficiency. Typically the properties benefitting from this work comprise ‘traditional modern’ construction and as a result can be treated at relatively low cost. However as these are completed it’s becoming necessary to tackle the hard to treat type of property comprising older builds or system built dwellings.This is reflected by the increase in enquiries received by eco Insulate from public sector clients and those owner occupiers who exercised their right to buy housing stock from providers.


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