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BREEAM On as Insulation Delivers Excellent Building

15 November 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

The building envelope specialist, CA Group, has incorporated Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool glass mineral wool insulation into its curved roofing for Prologis and BMW, at the car manufacturer’s 43,600m2 distribution facility in Northampton. The design reportedly offers this profile without the price tag normally associated with this type of structure.

Sustainability was high on the list of priorities for Prologis and BMW and this is reflected in the design of the roof, which was created using CA Group's Twin-Therm technology.

The choice of insulation used on the project was seen as critical. CA Group selected Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® glass mineral wool for its ‘excellent environmental credentials’, acoustic properties and thermal performance. The combined result is an efficient, highly sustainable distribution centre, which has been rated ‘Excellent’ by BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). 

Earthwool uses a formaldehyde-free binder that is free from phenols, acrylics and blowing agents with no artificial colours, bleach or dyes added.

Other sustainability measures include the reduction of wasted space in the roof cavity, thanks to the curved design, and the introduction of eaves to eaves roof lights, which make the most of natural daylight, minimising shadows and reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 15 November 2013


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