SPECIFIER NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 4 – MAY 2021

Welcome to May’s edition of The Build Up. In the spirit of being clear and unambiguous, let’s get straight down to business. As always, if you want to get in touch, you can contact us here or reach us via the LinkedIn button at the bottom of the newsletter.

Demystifying Standards

Architects and specifiers are often told that they need to know all about standards and codes of practice. But many standards are big documents with a hefty price tag, meaning they are not always accessible or digestible. Our latest blog post series sets out to demystify some of those standards.

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What do architects need to know about the Code for Construction Product Information?

This month we’re focusing on the Code for Construction Product Information. What is it and how might it effect the way you work? Although not yet officially launched, a recent consultation on a draft version has shone a spotlight on how designers and specifiers might interact with product manufacturers in the future. Find out what you need to know about the CCPI here.

Design Resources

Following on from the theme of this month’s featured blog post, the two resources we’re highlighting both do an excellent job of making complex information more accessible and clearer to understand.

The Designing Buildings Wiki is a crowd-sourced hub of construction knowledge, backed by high profile associations and organisations. There is an existing wealth of information, to which anybody can contribute in accordance with the site’s guidelines.

Building Regulations are a notoriously complex set of documents. The third edition of Guide to the Building Regulations sets out the structure of the regulations, their requirements, and the technical guidance of the Approved Documents, in a way that is easy to navigate and is arguably more logical than the ‘official’ publications. Approved Document B has been updated a number of times since the book’s publication date, but it remains a useful reference.

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Getting More From Polyfoam XPS

On the subject of making information about construction products clearer and more accessible, why not book one of our CPD sessions?

What is extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation? How does it perform compared to other common insulation types? What makes it the ideal choice for below ground, ground floor, and inverted flat roof applications?

Our CPD presentation, accredited by the CPD Certification Service, answers all of these questions. View the seminar online (coming soon) or contact us to arrange online delivery to your team.

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What Caught Our Eye This Month ?

  • Tallest modular building in the world completes construction (via CIAT)
  • Building insulation: Is hydrogen our get out of jail free card? (via Energy Monitor)
  • Concrete batteries could create rechargeable buildings (via CIAT)
  • Building Services Design and Energy Modelling for Local Authority Housing Scheme (via GreenGauge)

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SPECIFIER NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 3 – APRIL 2021

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This month’s edition of The Build Up focuses on product manufacturing. We’re nearing the halfway point of the year, which means we’re also nearing the halfway point of the transition period from CE marking to UKCA marking.

What does that mean for the products you specify? We’ll try to answer that question, as well as give our regular round-up of news stories and useful design resources.

If there are any topics you’d like to see us cover in the newsletter, or if you have any feedback on what we’re sending out each month, you can contact us us at any time, or reach us via LinkedIn.

Demystifying Standards

Architects and specifiers are often told that they need to know all about standards and codes of practice. But many standards are big documents with a hefty price tag, meaning they are not always accessible or digestible.

Our new blog post series is demystifying some of those standards. We’re explaining how we apply them as part of providing you with extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation products, and technical services such as U-value calculations. This month, we’ve chosen to focus on BS EN 13164 – what it is, how it relates to CE marking, and the transition to the UKCA mark.

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What do architects need to know about BS EN 13164?

BS EN 13164 is one of a number of harmonised European Standards relating to the manufacture of thermal insulation products for construction. It covers extruded polystyrene (XPS) specifically. Read More.

Design Resources

The Get It Right Initiative, known as GIRI, is working to promote a culture within UK construction of learning from mistakes and seeking to eliminate error. Making improvements in this area would reduce waste and potentially save billions of pounds.

One of their resources is the Guide to Improving Value by Reducing Design Error, produced by the GIRI design working group.

At the end of 2020, GIRI hosted a webinar featuring the co-founder and director of the Designing Buildings Wiki. The session focused on knowledge sharing, and how better knowledge sharing can help to reduce error.

Technical Support for BS6229

Getting More From Polyfoam XPS

As this month’s new blog post looks at manufacturing standards for thermal insulation products, it’s worth recapping what Polyfoam XPS produces at its Hartlepool plant.

We manufacture extruded polystyrene insulation, in accordance with BS EN 13164, for use in ground floor and inverted roof applications. You can view our complete range of Floorboard and Roofboard products, as well as accessories such as Slimline Zero WFRL for inverted roofs.

Product literature, declarations of performance and BBA certificates are all available online, or you can contact us to discuss which XPS product is best suited to your project.

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SPECIFIER NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 2 – MARCH 2021

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Welcome to The Build Up, the Polyfoam XPS email newsletter. This month we’re focusing on flat roof design and specification, including how to achieve inverted flat roofs that perform as intended. As well as the usual round-up of news stories that have caught our eye, this month’s resources include a new white paper we’ve put together.

Demystifying Standards

Architects and specifiers are often told that they need to know all about standards and codes of practice. But many standards are big documents with a hefty price tag, meaning they are not always accessible or digestible.

Our new blog post series is demystifying some of those standards. We’re explaining how we apply them as part of providing you with extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation products, and technical services such as U-value calculations. This month it is the code of practice for flat roofs, BS 6229.

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What do architects need to know about BS 6229:2018?

Design Resources

    • Inspiration to achieve better buildings doesn’t come much better than Passive House + magazine. Every issue features multiple in-depth case studies telling the stories of low energy new-build and retrofit projects. Each is illustrated with site photos and supported by in-depth technical detail of how the end result was achieved. Comprehensive news articles, enlightening expert columnists, and technical examinations of current building performance issues complete each highly readable edition.

 

  • Although focused on helping to put London “on the path to a zero carbon future”, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) is creating resources that any construction professional can apply to their work, wherever they are based. Their Climate Emergency Design Guide is helping architects to approach a topic for which no formal standard currently exists, while documents like this Net Zero 1-Pager give a useful summary for anyone looking to engage with this complex topic.

Getting More From Polyfoam XPS

We’re excited to launch our new white paper, which is a detailed look at how the performance of inverted roofs is assessed and certified. If buildings are going to perform as they were designed to then it’s essential that designers and specifiers have confidence in the products and systems they select. This white paper explains everything you might look for in an inverted roof system.

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SPECIFIER NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 1 – FEBRUARY 2021

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Welcome to the first issue of the Polyfoam XPS email newsletter The Build-Up. Every month we’re putting together a round-up of useful resources and interesting news, focusing on delivering quality across design, specification and construction.

About Us

Polyfoam XPS Ltd is a leading manufacturer of closed cell, extruded polystyrene insulation. Through our Floorboard and Roofboard ranges, Polyfoam XPS Ltd offers high quality, high performance, rigid, closed cell, extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation for use in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings alike.

Demystifying Standards

Architects and specifiers are often told which standards or codes of practice they should be working to, and what they need to know about them. But many standards are big documents with a hefty price tag, meaning they are not always accessible or digestible.

In a new series of blog posts, we’ll demystify some of those standards. We’ll explain how we apply them as part of providing you with XPS insulation products, and technical services such as U-value calculations.

Technical Support for BS6229

What do architects and design professionals need to know about BR 443?

Any designers who perform their own U-value calculations should already be familiar with BR 443 and be applying its conventions. For designers who obtain calculations from elsewhere, however, do they need to know what is in the document? Read more

Design Resources

  • 99% Invisible is a long-running, design-focused, US-based podcast. Episodes cover building design, climate change and much more. We recommend browsing the archive and picking whatever sounds most interesting to you, but a good starting point is the episode about the invention of air conditioning and how it influenced the outcome of the 1980 US election.
  • In Designed to Perform, architect Tom Dollard offers practical advice on how to address the performance gap in buildings. Illustrated throughout with comprehensive thermally modelled details, the book identifies common building fabric issues and offers the solutions to create comfortable, low energy homes.
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Getting More From Polyfoam XPS

In need of more technical insight after reading this newsletter? The Polyfoam XPS blog is a hub for information about XPS insulation, ground floor and flat roof design and construction, relevant standards, and industry issues. Not sure where to start? Our most popular post is Bearing the Load: Floorboard Insulation, or you can browse the blog and pick out topics of interest.

What Caught Our Eye This Month ?

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