The Mail on Sunday
British Homes Awards 2009
SPONSORED BY VELUX
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.
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
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.
Please visit: www.carbon-neutralhome.co.uk
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
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
Please visit: www.stannah.com/