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The ASBP Awards return for 2020

The exciting awards programme, organised by the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and sponsored by Thermafleece, Steico, Cleveland Steel and Tubes and UK Hempcrete are open to construction projects from across the UK built environment sector that were completed and handed over by July 2019 and recognise projects that exemplify excellence in sustainability through their products, design and delivery.

So, if you believe your sustainable building project excels across the ‘Six Pillars of Sustainable Construction’, submit your free project entry this summer to compete for a place on the Awards shortlist and the opportunity to present your project at our 4th Healthy Buildings Conference in February 2020.

The online submission form goes live on 1st August. Visit the ASBP website for more details at https://asbp.org.uk/asbp-awards

The Versatility of Wool

This Summer, The Campaign for Wool will create a Wool Beach Lodge on Porthtowan Beach in Cornwall from 4th – 13th July. The interactive pop up will be home to an exciting programme of events and activities showcasing the versatility of wool during the British transeasonal climate. The Lodge will highlight the latest developments from leading brand partners in the worlds of interiors, sport performance and casual fashion, highlighting wool’s role in the next generation of renewable fibre products.

Visitors and holidaymakers will be able to sit and enjoy the lodge or take part in a range of summer beach activities including surfing, yoga, wool workshops and beach movie screenings all hosted by Campaign for Wool supporters, as well as an exclusive hike with author and survival expert, John Hudson. Additional activities including beach litter clearing will also feature on the programme highlighting the eco-friendly nature of wool, which biodegrades in the land and ocean to reduce waste and help the planet.

Plastics in Construction

Mark Lynn & Katherine Adams (ASBP)
STBA/SPAB conference – London 11th June

ASBP Mission:  To accelerate the transformation to a healthy, low carbon built environment by championing the use of demonstrably sustainable building products.’ With this in mind Mark Lynn Vice Chair of the ASBP and Managing Director of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd together with ASBP Technical and research Associate Katherine Adams addressed the STBA/SPAB conference on the thorny subject of Plastics in Construction, held in London on the 11th June.

Thermafleece wins Build Magazine 2019 Award

Thermafleece the sheep’s wool insulation from Dacre based company Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd has won the 2019 Build Magazine’s Award for ‘Most Innovative in Home Insulation Solutions’.
Megan Cashmore, Build’s Features Executive said: “We are delighted to announce that Thermafleece has been recognised in Build’s 2019 Design and Build Awards.

Grand Designs: The Street. UK’s first U-Build house uses thermafleece

Episode 3 of Grand Designs: The Street airs on the Thursday 25th April and follows  Chris and Roxie, one of the youngest couples out of the 10 families who are building their own bespoke homes on a single street.

Using ‘U Build’  the revolutionary new self-build system created by pioneering London based architect’s Studio Bark,  Chris and Roxie take control of the whole build process: designing, creating and adapting their  own spaces with the help of a team of young architectural students willing to exchange their free labour in return for experience.

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Insulation Master Class

If you are attending the Home Building and Renovating show at the NEC on the 28th to 31st March and interested in wool and the benefits it offers to the home environment then head down to the MasterClass Theatre on Sunday 31st March for 11am. Mark Lynn, MD of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd and Vice Chair of the ASBP will be speaking on the benefits and costs of using wool as insulation in the home.

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Thermafleece stars in Coronation Street factory collapse

Producers used thermafleece CosyWool Slab as the insulation of choice in the recent factory roof collapse stunt of Coronation Street. The episode which has left the residents reeling and claimed the life of character Rana Habeeb featured  CosyWool throughout the episode. 4 packs were sent out to the Coronation Street Design Department in readiness for the stunt which was aired on the 20th March.
See the aftermath of the collapse at https://www.itv.com/coronationstreet.
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Thermafleece – Made in Yorkshire using British Wool

Thermafleece, proud of their British farming heritage and  the only sheep’s wool insulation company with products made in the UK exclusively using the coarse coloured wool from British Hill sheep which would otherwise go to waste.

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SupaSoft, proud to have played a part in Bowman’s Lea – winner of the ASBP Awards 2019

The winners of the inaugural ASBP Awards were announced at the ASBP’s Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo which took place on 28th February

OVERALL WINNER AND THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Bowman’s Lea  Harry Paticas, Arboreal Architecture

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Insulation – An intergral part of the building fabric

The Campaign for Wool recently visited Eden Renewable Innovations base in the  Lake District to see just how  thermafleece sheep’s wool insulation is made from start to finish. See why sheep’s wool insulation is the perfect choice for your home. Watch the video at byff.ly/2L3wsUa
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Opting for wool has a positive impact on the planet

To support their Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, lifelong concerns of the dangers of plastic on the countryside and marine environments Campaign for Wool have created this animation to share the positive benefits of wool. Available to view on YouTube at
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Innovating with low impact materials

Our own MD and Vice Chair of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) Mark Lynn will be speaking at The London Build Sustainability Summit, part of the London Build Expo being held at Olympia on the 23rd and 24th October.
Added 21st October 2018

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Insulation – consider your options

The right insulation for an old building has been much debated over the years. Most period homes were built in the days before cavity walls and modern insulating materials and adding an extra layer can be a delicate balancing act – get it right, and you will be warm and comfortable, but get it wrong and your home could be damp from condensation, and you could even damage the building fabric.
By Melanie Griffiths – Period Living June 2018 – The right way to insulate an old building
Added July 30 2018

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ASBP Awards 2018 now open

The ASBP Awards 2018 are now open – The awards, which recognise construction projects exemplifying excellence in sustainability through their products, design and delivery opened for entries on the 1st July and remain open until the 14th September with shortlisting taking place in the autumn.
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The concept of breathability in buildings

By Mark Lynn, ASBP Director & MD of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd
and Gary Newman,
Executive Chair of the ASBP.

The first in a planned series of ASBP industry briefing papers on the topic of breathability in buildings. Our aim is to explain breathability in a language that can be understood by building practitioners and provide guidance on how to design for breathability. In doing this, we hope to enable industry to deliver better buildings designed to take advantage of the significant building performance benefits of breathability.
Added March 2018

Think natural insulations is more expensive? – think again

Interested in using natural insulation but  worried about the cost?
Like most people, we’ve become very familiar with the “ethical premium”: if you want the healthier, greener option – you usually have to shell out more. So we were happily surprised when we found out how competitive natural insulation actually is.
Added April 2016

12 ways to save energy in a period home

Period homes have a reputation of being draughty and expensive to run, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Old, uninsulated solid-wall homes do lose more heat than newly built houses, and outdated, inefficient appliances and fittings use more energy than necessary. However, it is possible to carry out some simple improvements to make your home warmer and reduce bills.

Real Homes – Melanie Griffiths
Added October 2017

UK must insulate 25 million homes by 2050

Authors of a report to Parliament say that in order to meet the insulation standards required by 2050, more than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK if we are to meet our carbon emission targets.
With the UK needing to cut carbon emissions by 80%, the targeting of inefficiently heated, draughty and poorly insulated buildings will be high on the government’s agenda – given refurbishment of properties of this kind will be expected to deliver over a third of the overall reduction.

The real lady in the van

SupaSoft insulation helping to keep an eco-friendly mobile home warm and cosy.

Louise Watts wanted her unique mobile home to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  However, with limited space, weight restrictions and a roller shutter at the back making it difficult for the van to conserve heat.  The insulation not only had to be eco friendly and able to help keep the van warm, but also be lightweight and non bulky.

PLASTIC WASTE SWAMPING UK RIVERS, WITH ONE WATERWAY MORE POLLUTED THAT GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH.

All 13 rivers tested found to have waste microplastics floating through them
British rivers are so polluted with waste almost all samples contain microplastics, and one is choked with a higher concentration of plastic than the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, the world’s largest accumulation of floating debris, in the north-central area of the ocean, a report has found.

The study of 13 UK rivers by Greenpeace revealed they all had microplastics in them, but the Mersey, which runs from Stockport, through suburban Manchester and empties into Liverpool Bay, was found to be the most contaminated. Researchers pulled an astonishing 875 pieces of plastic from the river in half an hour, using specially designed nets.

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said: “The UK is a global leader in tackling plastic pollution and is already making great strides – banning microbeads in rinse-off personal care products, taking 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation with our 5p carrier bag charge, and announcing plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers.

“We know there is more to do, which is why we are funding groundbreaking research into how microplastics enter waterways and working with the water industry to find new methods to detect, measure and remove microplastics from wastewater.”
8th July 2019


5 REASONS TO CHOOSE SUPASOFT RECYCLED PLASTIC INSULATION

  1. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles*
  2. Great insulation value (U Value)**
  3. It’s non itch loft insulation
  4. It’s soft, easy to handle and contains no harmful chemicals
  5. It’s manufactured in the UK
    CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL BLOG POST ON THE CELTIC SUSTAINABLES WEBSITE

STBA-SPAB CONFERENCE LONDON

ASBP Mission:  To accelerate the transformation to a healthy, low carbon built environment by championing the use of demonstrably sustainable building products.’ With this in mind Mark Lynn Vice Chair of the ASBP and Managing Director of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd together with ASBP Technical and research Associate Katherine Adams addressed the STBA/SPAB conference, held in London on the 11th June.

The construction industry accounts for 23% of all plastic used and produces 3 x more packaging waste than all UK households combined. Plastics are used in a myriad of forms within the industry, including PS, PIR, PUR and PET for insulation, PVC for windows, doors, ducting, drainage & pipework, cables and polythene and Polypropylene for membranes, and with global demand for construction products expected to more than double by 2050 it is imperative that the industry addresses the use of plastics whilst engaging the supply chain on alternatives for construction products and packaging.


ALDI TO REPLACE PLASTIC WITH PAPER AND BIODEGRADABLE BAGS FROM JULY

A new trial will see supermarket chain Aldi  replace plastic bags currently available at the checkouts with biodegradable and paper ones in stores across the UK. Half the Aldi stores will offer paper bags while the other half will offer compostable carrier bags from July.  At the end of the trial the most popular bag choice will be selected as Aldi’s permanent shopping bags across all UK stores. The store’s new compostable bags are made of a biodegradable material and designed to be 100% domestically compostable within 12 months.


PLASTICS IN CONSTRUCTION

Our own Mark Lynn, MD of Eden Renewables and Vice Chair of ASBP was Chair of Sessions 2 and 3 at the ASBP Healthy Buildings 2019 conference – Plastics in Construction, Issues, Impacts and Alternatives held in London on the 28th Feb.
One of the main speakers at the  event was Emily Penn – eXXpedition founder, Parley for the Oceans and Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador. Presentations from all speakers are available to download at the ASBP website: https://asbp.org.uk/presentations/healthy-buildings-2019-presentations


SUPASOFT PROUD TO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN BOWMAN’S LEA
– OVERALL WINNER OF ASBP AWARDS 2019

The winners of the inaugural ASBP Awards were announced at the ASBP’s Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo which took place on 28th February

The awards  focus on 6 elements which the ASBP believe underpin the sustainability of construction projects – The ‘Six Pillars of Sustainable Construction’: Health and Wellbeing; Resource efficiency, Whole-life Carbon; Ethics and Transparency; Technical performance and Social Value.

OVERALL WINNER AND THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Bowman’s Lea  Harry Paticas, Arboreal Architecture

To find out more about this year’s winning projects or how you can enter for next year’s awards  visit the ASBP website https://asbp.org.uk/


SUPASOFT NOW AVAILABLE IN IRELAND

SupaSoft Insulation is now available to buy in Ireland from Roundtower Lime, Innishannon, delivering a complete solution for conservation construction. Visit their website at www.roundtowerlime.com or call on IRL: +353 (0) 21 477 6677

PLASTICS IN CONSTRUCTION – ISSUES, IMPACTS AND ALTERNATIVES

ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2019 Thursday 28th Feb, London South Bank University

Leading researchers, activists and industry speakers have been announced for the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products’ third annual conference to be held on 28th February 2019 at London South Bank University.

LONDON, UK, January 2019 – Human health and planetary health are by very definition inter-related, we can’t have one without the other. Since the BBC’s Blue Planet II, the UK has woken up to the problem of plastic in the environment, with some commentators even suggesting that plastic is a greater threat to the planet than climate change. Anti-plastic has rapidly become a popular cause-celebre championed by all mainstream media. So, how should the built environment industry respond? Is the problem limited to single use packaging or are all plastic products a problem to which we must find alternatives?

Find out more about The ASBP Healthy Buildings Expo and Conference by visiting their website asbp.org.uk


SUPASOFT PART OF THE ‘TAKE BACK THE TAP’ EXHIBITION -TORONTO

Samples of SupaSoft have made their way over to Canada to become part of the  ‘Take Back the Tap’ campaign which aims to educate communities about the negative impacts of drinking from single-use plastic bottles.

In support of this , the Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre in Toronto,  to host an exhibition highlighting the impacts single-use plastics are having on Canadian waterways, the alternatives available, and ideas re: what can be done with those plastics already in existence.

Find out more about the ‘takebackthetap’ campaign here


VISIT US ON STAND 228 AT THE HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW

We will be back at one of our favourite shows on November 17th and 18th.  The South West Home Building and Renovating Show is held at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset from 18th to 19th Nov and offers unlimited inspiration for whatever your building needs.

Come and see us on stand 228 where you can pick up a sample, take a factsheet or two and speak to our team of experts who will be on hand to discuss your insulation needs
We look forward to seeing you!


DO PLASTICS HAVE A ROLE IN HEALTHY BUILDINGS?

The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic, with 20% of plastic waste coming from the construction sector. With the impacts and implications of the widespread use of plastics in the built environment just beginning to be understood it is time to find out more.

The ASBP and The Green Register are kicking of a series of events to investigate this topic with an afternoon of talks in Bristol on the 1st November.

For more info visit the ASBP website


NIGHTMARE OF PLASTIC IN OCEANS WILL ONLY GET WORSE

The Prince of Wales has spoken about the ‘nightmare’ of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans, saying he fears it will get worse. Prince Charles delivered a speech at a meeting of environmentalists and business leaders  in London to discuss the issue .

The heir to the throne spoke of his ‘deep frustration’ at the world ignoring the problem and called on companies to make changes to cut their plastic waste.

By Sarah Knapton,Science Editor The Telegraph
To read the full story click here


CIRCULAR SOLUTION TO PLASTIC WASTE

Plastic has a significant role to play in achieving a sustainable future. Global production has topped 300 million metric tons per annum, a figure expected to double in the next 20 years.
The systems for dealing with plastic waste lag significantly behind other materials, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reporting in January 2016 that only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling and just 10% of that is actually recycled.


END OF THE PLASTIC RECYCLING SHAMBLES

By Daniel Martin – Policy Editor Daily Mail

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has unveiled a four-point blueprint to help make recycling easier and create nationwide standards for plastic collection.

To read the full story visit The Dail Mail


FROM WASTE TO WARMTH

Construction Materials Online January 2018

Have you ever wondered what we should do with the world’s mountain of waste single-use plastic? What about insulating your loft with it?

Click here to read the full article


VISIT US ON STAND 228 AT THE HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW

Our final show of 2017 is Home Building and Renovating to be held at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset from 18th to 19th Nov. The go-to exhibition for self-builders and renovators, offeringunlimited inspiration for whatever your building needs.
SupaSoft Factsheets are available to download – visit our download page for more


BEST SUSTAINABLE THERMAL INSULATION COMPANY

Cumbrian based company Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd are once again winners in Build Magazine’s 2017 Sustainable Building Awards. This time the company has won “Best Sustainable Thermal Insulation Company – UK”

As suppliers of the UK’s most comprehensive range of natural and recycled insulation, Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd offer products that uniquely combine natural and recycled fibres at their optimum proportions and density. The company is recognised throughout the UK and Beyond for both their commitment to sustainable building and an uncompromising approach to performance, quality and service.


PRINCE CHARLES AND SKY’S OCEAN RESCUE

Sky’s Ocean Rescue Campaign is ‘Educating and inspiring people to protect our oceans’

The ‘Ocean Rescue’ campaign  backed by Prince Charles is gaining momentum. Bringing awareness to millions of people across Europe the campaign ‘aims to educate and inspire people to change their behaviour and help protect our oceans.Dramatically reducing the amount of plastic waste produced every day that ends up in them’


PLASTIC POLLUTION RIVALS CLIMATE CHANGE

Experts issue shocking warning as they reveal ONE MILLION plastic bottles are sold every minute.

The number of plastic bottles sold every minute will climb by 20 per cent by 2021, with more than half a trillion bottles sold every year in just three years.
Fewer than half of these bottles are recycled and most plastics end up in the world’s oceans and are ingested by marine wildlife


THE REAL LADY IN THE VAN

SupaSoft insulation helping to keep an eco-friendly
mobile home warm and cosy.

Louise Watts wanted her unique mobile home to be as environmentally friendly as possible, but with limited space, weight restrictions and a roller shutter at the back making it difficult for the van to conserve heat, the insulation not only had to be eco friendly and able to help keep the van warm, but also be lightweight and non bulky.


SUSTAINABLE BUILDING FIRM OF THE YEAR!

Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd named as winner of the Sustainable Building Firm of the Year Award!

“Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd stands out from the thousands of potential contenders due to creative movements, a dedicated team & brilliant quality of production and service you have offered to your customers. This shows in your constant progression within this sector allowing growth within your firm and being a one to watch in the near future. ‘– Build Magazine


HEALTH BUILDINGS AND CONFERENCE EXPO

Exploring the extent to which careful product selection can have a positive influence on occupant health.

Mark Lynn, our own Managing Director will be joining a number of expert speakers throughout the conference, where they will address urgent occupant health issues such as overheating, moisture and mould, and indoor air quality. They will also explore how building products can exacerbate the problem or provide a solution.


TOP 10 – BUILDING AND FACILITIES NEWS

SupaSoft chosen as one of the top 10 exhibitors at
The Home Building and Renovating Show
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SupaSoft,  the sustainable insulation product made from recycled plastic bottles and created by the team at Eden Renewable Innovations ltd, has been chosen as one of the Top 10 exhibitores at the Home Building and Renovating Show, london by the well-known trade magazine Building and Facilites News.