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Sponsored by: NHBC

For over 70 years NHBC has occupied a unique position in the industry, protecting homebuyers through the Buildmark warranty cover and engaging with stakeholders and policy makers to develop long term solutions to housing issues and helping builders and developers facilitate change. Through its independent research organisation- NHBC Foundation- established in partnership with BRE, NHBC is delivering a programme of research projects targeting sustainability and zero carbon. In particular focusing on the drivers and barriers of existing technologies and materials, as well as those in development, to provide best practice guidance for house builders.


Sponsored by: Velux

As a global company founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and quality of life, it has always been a fundamental principle within the VELUX Group that we aim to be a good corporate ‘citizen’, conducting our self responsibly towards the public domain, the environment and our employees.

We support architecture that promotes natural day light and ventilation; incorporates design solutions that ‘future-proof’ the buildings use, and that makes every effort to reduce energy consumption.

A natural evolution for VELUX is the introduction of renewable technology, and 2007 saw the launch of its’ WRAS approved Solar Hot Water Systems for the new housing sector.

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Sponsored by: Mitsubishi Ecodan

Ecodan is an advanced low carbon heating and hot water system for your home which will supply heating and hot water cheaper than a conventional boiler system. You could save a third off your energy bills by using Ecodan, as well as reducing your home’s carbon emissions by up to 50%.
Ecodan technology is tried and tested. It has been widely used in other European countries for decades. Ecodan can be installed in your home in one or two days by our expert installers, who will give you all the advice you need about the system.
How does Ecodan work?
Ecodan is an air to water heat pump, and the technology inside it is very similar to a domestic fridge. It basically transfers heat from one place to another - the back of your fridge is warm because it is removing heat from inside the storage space to the room. A heat pump removes warmth from the air outside and transfers it inside the home to heat radiators or water.
Ecodan represents a new era in the provision of heating and hot water for homes, and it is brought to you by Mitsubishi Electric, one of the world’s leading experts in creating comfortable living environments.
Ecodan is simply one of the most advanced, efficient heating systems available today.

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Sponsored by: Knauf Insulation

Knauf Insulation is a leading insulation company, representing one of the most progressive and respected names in European building products.

Part of the Knauf Group, we are the UK’s leading manufacturer of insulation products, and the only producer of four types of insulation: glass and rock mineral wool, extruded polystyrene (XPS) and extruded polyethylene (XPE) in the UK under the brand names; Crown®, Rocksilk® and Polyfoam®.

Glass Mineral Wool

The world’s most popular and widely used energy saving and acoustic insulation. It’s highly sustainable and contains a high recycled content.
Main uses:

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Sound insulation within partitions and floors

Rock Mineral Wool

Made from volcanic rock, rock mineral wool has excellent fire, thermal and acoustic properties, and is also ideal for specialist fire protection.
Main uses:

  • Thermal insulation on flat roofs and external walls
  • Fire protection, including smoke and fire barriers
  • High temperature applications
  • Sound insulation in walls and floors

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)

Made from polystyrene beads that can be extruded into rigid foam boards, this type of insulation is ideal where high compressive strength is required.
Main uses:

  • Ground floors
  • Flat roofs
  • Heavy-duty floor insulation

Extruded Polyethylene (XPE)

Made from polyethylene pellets and other ingredients it is a closed cell extruded polyethylene foam which is lightweight and flexible, available in roll foam.
Main uses:

  • Acoustic underlay for laminate or concrete floors

The company’s knowledge and experience allows us to create the industry’s widest range of products for thermal, acoustic and fire protection insulation. This means we can offer genuinely impartial advice, giving you confidence you’ve been recommended the best possible insulation system for any type of project.

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Stannah - The Chair Lift People

Stannah is a British family owned company that has been making innovative products for over 180 years and since 1975, it has drawn on its technical experience to manufacture and install stairlifts of the highest quality to over a quarter of a million satisfied customers in more than 40 countries.
Stannah Stairlifts aims to promote independence in the home and is working with those in the housing industry to encourage building and designs which enable the ageing population to easily adapt their homes to fulfil this objective.

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