The joint certification means all three products in the ACTIS Hybrid range - honeycomb insulation Hybris, breather membrane Boost’R Hybrid and vapour control layer HControl Hybrid can now be automatically accepted by all 32 local authorities across Scotland, when used according to the certification, as well as the 300 or so LAs already able to use it in the rest of Britain.
With Scottish building regulations being more stringent than their English counterparts, the certification is an immense endorsement of the efficacy of the Hybrid range. ACTIS technical manager Thomas Wiedmer believes it will reinforce the reputation of the products not only in Scotland, but also south of the border.
Local Authority Building Standards Scotland is a not-for-profit organisation which represents all Scotland’s local authority building standards services.
With more than 500 professional surveyors, inspectors and support staff it provides a local, impartial service ensuring all new buildings, conversions and extensions comply with the building regulations and technical standards and are safe, accessible, energy efficient and sustainable.
In addition it performs an enforcement role for the industry in cases where construction fails to meet the building regulations and ensures dangerous or defective buildings are made safe by working in partnership with the emergency services.
The CE marked ACTIS Hybrid system, which is also NHBC approved, was designed so that builders could use just one of the three products or could combine it either with one or two of the others or mix it with a product made by another insulation manufacturer.
In fact, the majority of customers use either two or all three of the products in combination - mainly the insulation, Hybris with the breather membrane Boost’R Hybrid or Hybris with the vapour control layer HControl Hybrid. Not all constructions, such as refurbishments, are suitable for all three products but the use of the entire Hybrid system is perfect for new builds.
The system is enjoying growing popularity among timber frame manufacturers, modular building firms and companies specialising in replacement conservatory roof systems.
A former LABC officer who conducted his own DIY experiment to test out the thermal efficiency and ease of use of the system, now recommends it to his customers.
Energy assessor Ray Parker, who worked for Warrington District Council for 40 years, says the system is quick and easy to use, mess free, produces minimal waste, helps avoid repeating and non-repeating thermal bridging and achieves excellent U-values.
“Where possible now we’ll recommend Actis because it’s easier to use and LABC approved and we can say that with confidence. It has a lot of advantages – it’s just a case of letting the builders know about them,’ he said.