Eastland Homes undertook the upgrade of Enerley Close two social housing blocks and successfully achieved the Enerphit Standard and have recently been won a UK Passivhaus award.
The project consisted of 32 maisonettes; the buildings were in poor repair with complaints from residents of damp, condensation and draughts.
VACUPOR is a vacuum insulated panel that is able to deliver excellent U-values using a minimum thickness, making it ideal for retrofit projects. VACUPOR was specified at Enerley Close as specifying a thicker material would have meant restricting headroom and doorways.
The VACUPOR NT used at this project delivered a U-Value of 0.21 W/m2k for just 30mm of thickness. The thermal conductivity as quoted on the product’s CE certificate is 0.007 W/mK.
Vacutherm supplied insulation to the ground floor of all the duplexes in both blocks and the panels were laid onto the existing concrete floors. Previously we had visited each of the flats and spoke with the tenants as was the whole ethos of the project, tenant liaison was a key objective for the whole site. This also gave us the opportunity to survey each home and to provide a detailed AutoCAD allowing the installers to follow ensuring the panels were fitted in the correct positions.
The panels had a foam underlay both beneath and over the top to afford some mechanical protection during installation. With a final floating floor fitted to complete the floor.
We are delighted to have been a part of this successful project. The whole image of the area has changed beyond recognition it is now viewed as a desirable place to live and it looks beautiful. Vacutherm is also excited that this has won for the UK Passivhaus Award.
- Manchester Social Housing uses Vacutherm VACUPOR® Insulation: Vacutherm supplied the vacuum panels for this project