Urban New build: Looking for value

Urban New build: Looking for value

Worsley is a leafy suburb on the outskirts of Greater Manchester that shows little trace of the activities that made it a centre of the Industrial Revolution on the Bridgwater Canal. A new development of 24 houses in the area aimed to offer good value family TLX Silver with mineral wool new buildaccommodation, and the insulation buildup chosen had to achieve the required U value, yet also make economic sense.

The problem: how to provide a value build up that will achieve U=0.18, yet keep the room-in-roof cool in summer?

With trussed rafters 200 mm deep at 600mm centres, the solution was to use 150 mm of 0.035 W/mK mineral wool with TLX Silver below, secured with a 38mm deep batten so as to create an unventilated air gap across which heat is reflected back, giving a U value of 0.18 W/m ²K.

Using TLX Silver Multifoil with Mineral Wool in the Worsley Houses project

Using mineral wool rather than PIR board makes for a cheaper solution, and has benefits in terms of fire resistance and sound insulation. If lower U values were required by the SAP calculation, then in 200mm deep rafters 175mm of 0.035 W/mK grade wool would achieve 0.16, and in 225mm deep rafters 0.15 can be reached.

TLX Silver also offers the benefit of being an excellent vapour barrier and providing airtightness. Although its shiny surface reflects heat back into the building, it’s often overlooked that such a low emissivity surface also does not radiate heat - even though heatwaves are a relatively rare occurrence in the North-West! TLX Silver is able to reduce the amount of heat entering - a benefit in summer when rooms in the roof are prone to overheating.

Adding a layer of TLX Silver to the inner face of timber frame walls can make a big difference to the U value, as well as providing a useful service cavity and functioning as the vapour barrier. Added value indeed!

The solution: TLX Silver offers a cost-effective solution when used with mineral wool, not only minimising solar heat gain, but acting as a vapour barrier as well.

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