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New insulation material developed in Norfolk

Date: 12/03/2015

A new form of roof insulation has been developed at a plant in Norfolk, which could be inserted in many thousands of new homes being built over the coming year.

The new material, called XENERGY, is a polystyrene-based material that offers outstanding roof insulation, something that can prevent heat escaping from homes and thus cut energy bills. The product has been rolled out after being successfully piloted last year.

It has been created by Dow Building Solutions, which is based in King's Lynn, Lynn News reports.

Around £600,000 was invested into the development of the new material, which was shown to Norfolk North-West MP Henry Bellingham when he toured the factory last week. 

Speaking about the new material, head of commercial at the company Chris Gimson said: "Through the commercial roll-out of XENERGY, Dow in Lynn is leading the way within the company internationally and in the industry. 

"Our innovative approach, coupled with the highest standards of manufacturing, gives us a real competitive edge."

Site manager at King's Lynn Julie Beresford-Peirse remarked that the staff there have "built a reputation for manufacturing the highest standard insulation materials".

Because the new material is more effective the existing forms of insulation, it is likely to be in high demand. It is not just householders who want to keep their bills down who will benefit, as the material is likely to be sought after by builders who want to achieve high levels of green accreditation in the design and construction of homes, offices and schools, such as the top BREEAM ratings.

The company said the new products are flexible and offer a greater range of possibilities for building design, making them popular with architects.

Dow's Norfolk plant has been producing polystyrene-based products back to the 1940s, when such developments were in their infancy. This included blue styrofoam, although the new products are steel-coloured.

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