Insulation specialist says now is a good time to get ahead with the technical side of projects, to ensure they are ready to go once we reach the other side of the crisis.
While much of the physical construction industry has, understandably, all but ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, there is much work going on at the planning and technical stages.
And pan European insulation specialist Actis says it is among the growing band of organisations stressing that now is a good time for architects and specifiers to get ahead with the technical side of projects, to ensure they are ready to go once we reach the other side of the crisis.
The Actis technical team is working from home – of course – with meetings and support advice available through various platforms.Actis says access to much of the technical advice it offers has not changed at all, as many of its tools have been available online for years, including its U-value simulator and suite of ‘how to’ videos.
UK and Ireland Sales Director Mark Cooper explained: “Obviously we’ve adapted our working practices, as our top priority is the safety of our staff, customers and wider network. We will continue to adapt as required to ensure we combine safety with offering a helpful technical service.”
Thomas Wiedmer, Actis UK and Ireland Technical Director and Architect, will be able to answer specific queries so that specifiers and builders planning projects will be ready to deliver them once it’s safe and appropriate to start building again.
Additionally, Actis says many of its systems are available from the NBS National BIM Library.The wall and roof systems come in HH, HB and HY variants – shorthand for all three Hybrid products or just Hybris and BoostR Hybrid, or Hybris and HControl Hybrid. They offer a complete, ready to use build-up for easy inclusion into the Revit software platform. In addition they can be downloaded in IFC format.The library also features individual product files covering every thickness of CE marked insulation Hybris, vapour control layer HControl Hybrid and breather membrane BoostR Hybrid. These should be invaluable to specifiers wanting to create highly insulated, airtight buildings which will meet the most onerous energy performance requirements.
In addition to enabling 3D ‘real life’ representations of the finished project and its intervening stages, the integrated BIM system enables specifiers to anticipate errors, design issues and clashes long before they would have occurred using older Computer Aided Design technology. A recently created set of Registered Construction Details created in partnership with LABC is another powerful, online tool.
The RCD provides construction details and checklists of points to look out for during design and on site and offers instant access to online tutorials to help specifiers reduce heat leakage through weak junctions and thus design out thermal bridging.
The RCD drawings and documents can be fed into specifications for new projects and are also accessible on the go. Builders can link to installation videos while out on site for example, ensuring the tool is useful at all stages of the process from specification to installation.