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Architect Africa Online

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Eco-insulation’s professional service for developers


Eco-Insulation onsite a Garden Cities precinct in Sunningdale.

Eco-Insulation cellulose fibre thermal insulation is manufactured at an ISO9001:2015 specialised manufacturing plant in Kempton Park. Its mobile installation units have become an increasingly familiar sight at various housing developments – from high end security estates to low cost Gap housing.

Since the inception of SANS 10400-XA, Eco-Insulation has become the bulk insulation of choice for a number of high-profile developments, for a variety of reasons.

For Eco-Insulation client, Garden Cities NPC (RF), a Cape-based housing developer with a 100 year pedigree, the ultimate goal is ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’. The developer was also one of the first in the country to implement SANS 10400-XA across its projects.

According to Renier Smith, Group Manager, Engineering and Planning for Garden Cities (GC): “We are hoping to create the required awareness with our residents, contractors, suppliers and consultants alike; the latter resulting in a cumulative approach to achieve the zero waste goal.”

The company’s flagship developments are presently Sunningdale, along the West Coast and Pinehurst, Durbanville, and recently, Greenville in Fisantekraal, the latter inclusive of

BNG housing as well as a wider range of housing and development opportunities.

Accordingly, Eco-Insulation, has been the source of SANS 10400-XA-compliant insulation to the Pinelands Development Company (PDC), the construction and development arm of GC, for over 8 years, says Richard Ellis, who heads the Cape Town distributorship for Eco-Insulation.  PDC has over this period received 1 000 tonnes of Eco-Insulation above the ceilings of some 2 600 GCH homes.

“Cellulose fibre insulation solution aligns with our core approach to reduce, reuse and recycle”, confirms Smith. Eco-Insulation is made from 85% recycled newsprint waste, with an enviably low carbon/energy footprint.

“The PDC relationship began with the onset of SANS10400-XA when our client required a turnkey insulation service that came with a warranty of compliance and 100% coverage in the roofspace.

“The weakness of many blanket insulation solutions is their inability to provide 100% coverage of the ceiling. Often contractors/installers neglect to ensure the ceiling is fully covered with no air gaps in the corners or under trusses. These gaps are significant and cause heat to escape (winter) or enter (summer), due to a product not being professionally installed and is difficult to reach into those places. These installations are not efficient and continue to leak heat out of or into the house below depending on the season. Eco-Insulation is not like  this. We guarantee 100% coverage of your ceiling”, says Ellis

Above all, SHEQ considerations prevail. Eco-Insulation is a product that installers like to work with since it is safe on the hands, eyes and throat and is VOC-free. The householder rests easy knowing that the product is certified at SABS, is fire-rated under SANS 428 and is stable in the roof.

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