Builders and specifiers love the speed, ease and cleanliness of Actis’ thermally superb insulation
Builders, architects and specifiers who have discovered the thermally impressive Actis Hybrid range say the ease with which they can be used and their cleanliness means they will use the products on all future projects.
As with other areas of life, breaking an old habit and adopting a new one can seem daunting. In some cases, the products are initially chosen because there is simply no viable alternative – a tricky shape to wrestle with, the need to maximise saleable space while offering superb thermal efficiency or a low ceiling where every millimetre of headroom is vital.
But once the switch has been made, there is no going back for pretty much everyone who has opened their eyes to the many advantages of unique honeycomb insulation Hybris and the insulating membranes with which it is designed to work – Boost R Hybrid, Boost R Hybrid Roof and H Control Hybrid.
Quick, clean and very easy to use
The key pluses most often cited by builders are that the range is quick, clean and very easy to use. That’s in addition to the fact that it offers an incredible thermal performance and is guaranteed to last for the service life of the building – thus ensuring the stated U-value remains the same over time.
Its cleanliness and complete absence of dust makes life more comfortable – there’s no need for specialist PPE or masks. It also eliminates any respiratory issues that can arise from using power tools – an issue of great concern to the HSE, which runs an annual Dustbuster campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of workplace-generated lung disease.
Tony Byron-Cooper, site manager at a recently completed 43-home development in Kent for PCR Projects, is one of the range’s many fans. He says he will be using Actis products on all his future developments.
“Health and safety wise for our installers, it is light, easy to handle and there’s no dust to contend with,” he said.
“We’ve found it to be a big labour time-saver as it’s so quick and easy to install and achieves a better seal into timber frame as opposed to sheet insulation material. We’ve found just being able to store it easily is a bonus. Also, any waste is easy to dispose of.”
Builders generally report an installation time improvement of around 30% compared with traditional forms of insulation, which saves on labour costs. And as it’s very easy to install, the higher qualified members of the construction team can focus on carrying out more complex tasks.
The fact that Actis products are flexible and can be squeezed into odd-shaped gaps and wrapped around corners means thermal bridging is pretty much eliminated – leading, inevitably, to a more thermally efficient fabric envelope.
And because the system has been tested both in lab and in situ to ensure there is no gap between the declared and actual performance of its thermal efficiency the U-value achieved in real life is either equivalent to or even better than the lab predictions.
All four CE marked products are accepted by the NHBC and
Actis Hybrid range proves quick, clean and easy to use
Premier Guarantee, when used in accordance with the certification and have LABC and LABCSS registered details, which means they can be accepted by building control surveyors throughout mainland Britain.
The RIBA has recently approved the first of Actis’ two popular CPDs, on addressing the performance gap with reflective insulation.
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