A honeycomb style insulation named Hybris has been named a finalist in the annual Structural Timber Association awards
Actis‘ Hybris is in the running to win the Product Innovation Award which will be presented in front of more than 500 construction professionals at Birmingham’s National Conference Centre on October 10.
Other finalists that have been recognised by the awards include social housing providers, architects, engineers and low energy developments.
One of the four products in the CE marked Actis Hybrid range, Hybris combines insulation, air tightness, moisture resistance and reflective properties while insulating timber frame or masonry walls, pitched roofs and ceilings.
Lucy Karpinski, Marketing manager of Vision Development, a Berkshire based timber framer explained the benefits of the products: “The ease of installation is attractive to us, as the main USP for timber frame is the speed of construction.
“There is also minimal waste, which again works well with our timber frame ethic of being environmentally friendly and the insulation being non-toxic. It is much quicker to use than PIR board and takes around half the labour time to install.”
In addition to being quick, clean and easy to use, the flexible nature of the Hybrid products ensure air tightness and eliminate thermal bridging. They can be easily bent round corners and squashed into strangely shaped gaps, creating a continuous thermal blanket – something difficult to achieve with solid insulation, which has to be cut precisely to size to avoid draught-attracting air gaps.
As well as being shortlisted for a prize, Actis is sponsoring the Custom and Self-Build Project of the Year category of the STA awards.