Insulation manufacturer Knauf Insulation has seen its ThermoShell® Internal Wall Insulation specified for use in the home of Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council.
King’s 1790 period home falls into the category of ‘hard to treat’ solid masonry wall properties. Older houses are not as easily treated as modern cavity wall constructions, which can be tackled relatively simply, so a flexible, cost effective and highly efficient system of insulating walls was needed.
He was keen not to alter the façade of the building, as two sides are exposed brick and the other elevations have been rendered for a very long time.
The ThermoShell IWI system was installed on a room-by-room basis, starting with the dining room area. The system can upgrade a property to current Building Regulation thermal standards and beyond. It consists of composite thermally engineered studs (EcoStuds) and insulation slabs (Earthwool® EcoBatt), which can be combined to provide greater thicknesses of thermal insulation than achievable by using a single thickness.
The system can accommodate wall imperfections, fixings for fittings such as radiators, and can be easily adapted around openings such as windows and doors. No scaffolding is required and the system can be installed as part of a whole house refurbishment plan.