Gillman said although not as much a household name as the likes of Recticel and Kingspan, Quinn was well-served to meet the needs of the UK insulation market. “What we are seeing is a growing interest in some thicker insulation boards, sometimes up to 200m,” which he said, “went against others’ logical thinking.
“The issue is smarter building,” he said, “and construction theory moving more to building with each property’s particular environment and aspect in mind. An example would be, why would you necessarily need equal insulation on a south-facing wall as you might have on a north-facing one?’”
David Philips of SPT Systems – an Inverness, UK-based company that developed its own brand of structural insulated panels (SIPs) using BASF polyurethane core materials – said traditional building methods would be extinct in five years. The thermal core comprises BASF Elastapor H PUR foam insulation
He told UTECH-polyurethane.com that the accuracy that is achievable with factory manufactured construction components far outweighs that of brickwork carried out on site. The speed that a building can go up is an additional advantage.
“We could erect a school building within four weeks,” he said.
Peter Morgan, media and communications manager at Kingspan, said the firm’s presence at the show was a success. “Day one and two were in particular were extremely busy.”
The launch of a new app that calculated U-Value through of series of droop-down answer choices had attracted a great deal of interest too. “From DIY-ers all the way up to architects, the feedback is that we have created useful tool.”
Ecobuild ran from 8 – 10 March 2016.