Using panels made of SFips, the high performance multifoil panels made with Superfoil SF60, the only panel that can meet the upcoming new 2014 regs in a single layer of multifoil, this “tool shed” would be at home in the Arctic never mind the EU… It’s the highest insulation performance tool shed we know of. Is this the worlds most insulated tool shed?
Bosch, Professional Tools & SuperFOIL Insulation
The Bosch GUS 10,8 V-LI Cordless Universal Shears
A professional cutting tool increases efficiency, the Bosch GUS 10,8V cordless cutting tool makes short work of cutting All SuperFOIL insulation products to size. Here you can see it making short work of cutting the 100mm thick SF60!
Available direct from SuperFOIL and at all good tool shops, eBay & Amazon.
Prague gets a SuperFOIL Spring
SuperFOIL has the benefit of being tested to International Standards that are recognised worldwide. Now through the focused work of our Eastern European distributor Globtrade LjubIjana with local resellers and the Czech Authorities we are able to add Czech Building Standards approval to our list of approvals making it easy for builders and architects to use and specify SuperFOIL.
Scotland Proactive Performance with SF40
SuperFOIL were asked to find a thermally efficient and space economical solution for cold walls in a typical Scottish building. The solution was SF40, this gives a high performance simple single layer solution, improving the thermal insulation of a wall to a performance higher than current regulation requirements.
Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Services approved SF40 and the design detail solution “we accept SuperFOIL insulation for use within the wall construction”. Byron Lawson business development at SuperFOIL who liaised with Aberdeenshire Council said “Aberdeenshire have approved the use of SF40″ he went on to say, “SF40 gives a cost effective solution in a single layer that exceeds the current building regulation requirements, its perfect for high performance in new build or retrofit and its performance exceeds other manufacturers products”.
SuperFOIL Solutions for the 2014 Scottish Building Regulations
Making efforts to innovate and drive standards forward The Scottish Government are improving building regulations to support “A low carbon building standards strategy for Scotland”. The table below indicates what you will need to achieve for Scottish Building Regulations for Dwellings.
New Regulations Standards and Target Emission Rates (TER):
|Main Space Heating System Fuel|
|Element or System||U-Value|
|Walls||U = 0.17|
|Floors||U = 0.15|
|Roofs||U = 0.11|
Highlighted above are the U-Values planned for Roofs, Walls and Floors. Below we have listed a selection of the many solutions we have available for Roofs.
In preparation for the new Scottish building regulations SuperFOIL have prepared multiple solutions to meet your needs.
Call (01636 639900) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk directly to one of our experts for a tailor made solution. Here are some general build-up examples:
- SuperFOIL SF19 Duet – U-Value 0.17
- SuperFOIL SF40 Duet – U-Value 0.12
- SuperFOIL SF19 + 60mm High Definition Foam Board – U-Value 0.17
- SuperFOIL SF40 + 30mm High Definition Foam Board – U-Value 0.17
- SuperFOIL SF60 + 10mm High Definition Foam Board – U-Value 0.17
Easy Timber Frame Wall Solution
These timber frame sections (click for full size) show solutions for a typical modern brick clad timber frame house, using SuperFOIL and or combinations of SuperFOIL, Foam board and old fashioned Mineral Wool.
There are solutions to meet the new England building regulation targets of U 0.18 and we have included 0.16 to exceed the new Scottish regs).
The simplest solution uses just one layer of SF60 on its own, that’s an achievement only SuperFOIL can provide, no other insulation manufacturer can match this.
A Better Solution – U0.11
An SF60 solution that’s even better than the new building regs requirements! Duet SF60 over and under 100mm rafters U-value 0.11. A high performance solution for very low running costs where energy is an important factor.
SuperFOIL Provides Thin, Thinner and Thinnest Solutions
We have prepared a variety of timber wall solutions to meet the needs of any project. SuperFOIL beats its competitors with a range of solutions for timber frame buildings. SuperFOIL SF60 is the only multifoil to provide a single layer solution under the new 2014 building regulations.
Point of Sales displays are now available for the 2014 year, the first just installed. For use by our foremost distributors and resellers these attractive eye catching displays provide with lots of information about using SuperFOIL as well as displaying the actual product. They are sure to provide customers with better service and promote sales.
Best Seller in Amazon Barriers Category
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of distributors, SuperFOIL SFTV thermal vapour barrier has achieved the number 1 best seller in Amazon’s “Barriers” category.
SuperFOIL – Solutions for the 2014 Building Regs!
Building Regulations are due to change in April 2014, new rigorous thermal values show the commitment to the energy efficiency of buildings. SuperFOIL can deliver slim profile single product solutions.
Insulating Roofs – U 0.13. 2014 Regs
To achieve 0.13 U – as in a roof as required by the 2014 Regulations, this panel uses the SuperFoil SF40 Duet design.
Insulating Walls – U 0.18, 2014 Regs
A significant increase in the insulation requirements for walls for 2014. In this panel SuperFOIL SF60 delivers U 0.18 in one layer.
Plus with Superfoil of course you have the benefits of:
- Improving air tightness
- the benefit of enhanced radiant reflective properties
- Reducing the overall weight; SuperFoil is approx 1/5th of the weight of foam board!
- Easy and fast installation
Note: Compared to the Foam board solutions shown here SuperFOIL provides savings on space and construction cost. Glass wool has not been included in this comparison because its lower performance increases the depth of construction considerably.
Build a better… Dyson!
Taking our lead from British innovator Sir James Dyson we wanted to use our skills, brains and inventiveness to “build a better insulation”. We designed and solved unique manufacturing problems to produce a jump in the performance of multifoil insulation. SF40 out performs other manufactures while keeping costs down. Its a product that saves beyond its own foot print by allowing reduction in the overall core building structure. Rising insulation standards are essential to keeping CO2 production down, making better performance products essential for the future. We believe SuperFOIL is leading the way with innovation in high performance multifoil insulation.
On creating a better insulation product…
Craig Bown Managing Director of SuperFOIL said “It took a lot of innovation, as well as perseverance. We had to overcome unique manufacturing difficulties and we had to show the industry pundits who said it could not be done. SF40 is a product born out of the necessity of our times for better solutions.”
Build It Awards Ceremony
In recognition of our success and efforts to make better insulation, SuperFOIL SF40 has been nominated for the Build It “Innovation in Insulation” award.
At 65mm thick SuperFOIL SF40 is unrivalled in the market. SF40 outperforms its competition and contains 37 layers of reinforced laminated foil, aluminium reflective foil (PET), thermo-foam and loft quilt in total.
Multi foil insulation is high performance whilst also being incredibly fast and easy to install (simply staple in to place and tape over the seams). It works as an air barrier allowing you to control air movement for further energy efficiency and also acts as a radiant barrier, reducing solar gain in the summer and enhancing insulation properties in the winter.
SuperFOIL, building a better insulation!
SuperFOIL Short-Listed for 2013 Build It Awards
Innovation in Insulation
“The Build It Awards 2013 celebrate all aspects of self build and renovation including completed projects, products, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures in recognition of innovation and excellence in the custom home sector.”
The large number of entries to this years ‘Build it Awards’ have now been assessed, you can see the short-list here. As first time entrants all at Boulder Developments are delighted to see SuperFOIL SF40 on the nomination list for the “Innovation in Insulation” category.
SF40 provides a level of performance that cannot be matched by any other multi foil insulation manufacturer providing easy to achieve solutions to meet and better Building Regulation requirements in both walls and roofs.
All eyes will be focused on Alan Davies, renowned for his roles in QI and Jonathan Creek as he announces the winners at the high profile awards ceremony being held at the Hilton Hotel (Swindon) on the 21st November, 2013.
One of the many benefits of SuperFOIL is the strength of the material. The outer layers of SuperFOIL are made from a fully woven material with double foil laminate face and nano coating.
The fully woven construction plus foil layers and coating make it a material that is is 100% water and vapour proof (CE 13859 certification).
The strength of SuperFOIL is a bonus in installation, because it resists tears and punctures much better than other weaker products. This makes for a safer installation especially for over rafter installs. Corporate customers and specifiers conscious of the requirement for health and safety and the adequate precaution of risk appreciate how the strength of the material contributes to their safe planning efficiency.
Improving Insulation on a traditional Timber Frame
If you have been contemplating or are already building a traditional timber frame with insulation between studs, have a look at these U value calculations. Adding SuperFOIL (inside or outside) can bring your standard U value of 0.28 down to as low as 0.14 with the application of just 1 layer of SuperFOIL. With twice the standard of building regs you’re well set up to reduce the cost of heating plant and significantly lower running costs. “Superfoil Solutions”, giving better performance, air tightness and a radiant barrier to reduce solar gain and heat losses, making your home warmer in winter as well as cooler in summer.
From insulating loft conversions to providing under floor insulation for new builds, SuperFOIL products have been used in a variety of scenarios to achieve the best possible results. Whether designing a new build or retro-fit insulation solution, each project brings with it its unique challenges, and it is absolutely essential to consider the individual requirements of the project, when choosing your desired outcome.
Room dimensions and building materials are two such factors that must be taken into account, and also the thermal value you wish to obtain. With the UKs largest range of insulation foils, SuperFOIL can adapt its solutions to suit almost any project.
SuperFOIL offers everything from a thin thermal vapour barrier, in SFTV, to the highest performing multi foil insulation in the UK, in SF60. Therefore, we can utilise any product, or combination of products, to meet the desired solution. Our team of experts will be happy to help with any U-value calculations and offer advice on the best way to meet or better building regulations.
Written by Matthew Fowlds, University of Liverpool
New Insulation Material: Air!
One of the most effective ways of insulating a property is by using air! An air-gap has a thermal conductivity, or k-value, of 0.024 W.m-1.K-1. This is very low, when compared with, for example, brick (k=0.6 W.m-1.K-1), or glass (k=0.8 W.m-1.K-1). Utilising an air gap well, can lead to very efficient, (and cheap!) insulation. So, if air is such a good insulator, why are insulation materials necessary at all?
As an air-gap increases in width, its thermal resistance increases. However, if it gets too large, convection currents can form, and the thermal resistance starts to decrease. An optimum width for an air-gap is dependant on its environment. A low emissivity surrounding allows a greater air-gap width. In a roof, this difference is exemplified. When in a high emissivity environment, the thermal resistivity of the air gap begins to decrease when the air gap exceeds 7mm. On the other hand, when emissivity is low, such is the case with the SuperFOIL range (ε=0.02), then the air gap’s resistivity increases to 23 mm!
This complimentary solution, of using a combination of SuperFOIL and air-gap, is a formidable one. With SF60, the market’s premier performer with an R value of 4.42 in a roof, and the ability to produce U-values as low as 0.1, installing this material in combination with air-gaps is an excellent option, whatever the specific requirements of your project.
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Written by Matthew Fowlds, University of Liverpool
How non-residential buildings can also benefit from installing SuperFOIL insulation
Some non-residential buildings, such as shopping centres, supermarkets and factories, generally have structures whereby the roof surfaces are very large in comparison to their external wall surfaces. When conditioned artificially, these buildings become great consumers of electricity. In order to produce the maximum efficiency on such a large scale, insulation is absolutely essential.
In large towns and cities, the impact of humans on the environment is evidenced by the Urban Heat-Island (UHI) effect. This describes the way in which urban areas are observed to have higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas. The benefits of SuperFOIL include the reductions in both roof temperature and heat flux and, consequently, alleviation of the UHI effect and reduction of electricity consumption.
The application of this insulation into non-residential buildings is obvious, as similar buildings, such as schools in Nottingham and Lancashire, have already adopted SuperFOIL insulation and have begun to feel the benefits
With large non-residential buildings having such a high energy demand for heating and cooling costs, the importance of the efficiency of these building should be at the forefront of their thoughts. Many companies own multiples of such buildings throughout the country. A widespread usage of SuperFOIL’s top-of-the-range insulation could be the solution to their huge energy bills they are looking for!
SFNC Certified A1
SuperFoil SFNC is the only non combustible multifoil available. Certified by BRE, SFNC is not merely flame or fire retardant, it’s totally non combustible and has achieved an A1 rating which is the highest rating under the latest European Fire Classification system. You can be confident in situations where you need fire resistance and insulation that SuperFoil SFNC is the product to use.
SuperFoil SFNC adds a non-combustible insulation to the extensive range of SuperFoil products. Call on 01636639900 to discuss your project needs.
The Passivhaus standard: Can Britain take note from German efficiency?
German efficiency may well be a stereotype, but when it comes to heating fuel consumption, it is, most certainly, an apt one. Could Britain struggle to compete with current regulations that are so far removed from the stringency detailed by the German equivalent as detailed below.
Table 4. England and Wales Building Regulations (HM government, 2010) compared to the Passivhaus standard.
This set of regulations was accompanied by the often maligned ‘Green Deal’, which is an incentive scheme to help occupants to save money on energy bills. If Britain really wants to show their intent on creating a more efficient and greener nation, why not match the Germans?
Only one house in Britain has been retrofitted to the Passivhaus standard, with predicted savings of 89% or £910/year! This kind of efficiency can only provide a green and efficient future and is surely worthy of much investment.
With 23 million UK homes having lofts, loft insulation is an almost universal solution that could be undertaken. Predicted energy and carbon savings for loft insulation can be as high as 6,980 kWh/yr and 1,380 kgCO2/yr, respectively.
Retrofitting a property to meet all the criteria of the German standards, and taking total heating demand below 25 kW h/m2/year, may well prove a tough task. Nevertheless, with SF60 providing a possible U-value as low as 0.1 W/m2.K, installing this incomparable product, would certainly be a step in the right direction.
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Article written by Matthew Fowlds, University of Liverpool