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UK insulation manufacturer Xtratherm is the first company to be included in the certification listing of the new BRE Global Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme.
The scheme which was launched in March, aims to reduce the level of thermal bridging that can arise in buildings and homes causing heat loss. It certifies the ‘as designed’ thermal performance of junction details (SAP table K1 and other bespoke details), products (windows, doors and roof lights) and major building elements (wall, roof and floor systems).
It also enables suppliers to demonstrate that their products and services meet the appropriate performance standards, helping clients avoid costly mistakes and reduce risk.
Xtratherm, which is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of rigid insulation products, submitted a full set of 25 junction details which were assessed by BRE experts and then independently certified by BRE Global (BRE’s certification company).
BRE Scheme Technical Manager Graeme Hannah said ‘Our aim with the scheme is to improve the energy performance and internal environment of buildings by providing independently and accurately assessed thermal details and products. I’m delighted that Xtratherm is the first company to submit details to the scheme – more companies are taking their lead and getting involved, we are starting to make a positive difference’.
The certified details will be accessible via a free online database aimed at manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and designers. It will include a range of government accredited construction details, as well as BRE certified details, products and elements. The database will go live on 31st July.
Danny Kearney Technical Manager with Xtratherm said ‘We view this scheme as being a truly independent verifier of this most critical component in achieving an efficient building fabric. The concentration on U-values only, without looking at how insulation joins with other components gives an unreliable picture of overall insulation performance. The new cataloging and verification system will be a great asset to designers and building professionals not only in the UK but throughout Europe.’
For further information on the scheme go to www.bre.co.uk/certifiedthermalproducts
or contact the scheme manager at [email protected]
For press enquiries contact Linda McKeown, BRE, [email protected]
NOTES TO EDITOR
BRE is a world leading building science centre that generates new knowledge through research. This is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. BRE helps its government and private sector clients meet the significant environmental, social and economic challenges they faces in delivering homes, buildings and communities.BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity. The Trust uses the profits made by the BRE companies to fund research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment.www.bre.co.uk
BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global’s product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories. BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands includiing:
- LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books.
- BREEAM the world’s leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance.