We are launching our new park home guide as new British Standard deadline approaches
Park home manufacturers have until the end of November to comply with new thermal efficiency standards. We have produced a handy guide to help them meet the requirements quickly and easily.
The new standard BS 3632 was brought in last year to replace its outdated predecessor which had been valid since 2005.
Manufacturers were given a year’s grace to comply with the changes which affect thermal efficiency along with other structural and acoustic improvements. Any park home built to BS 3632 and produced after November 30 this year must comply with the new regulations.
With the deadline fast approaching, at ACTIS we have launched a technical illustrated guide giving precise information on how to achieve the revised U-value requirements quickly, cleanly, easily and cost effectively using the three products from our Hybrid range.
Park Homes have undergone considerable development since the British Standard was first introduced in 1963. As well as evolving through name changes from caravan, via mobile home to its current incarnation, they are also larger and better equipped than their forebears.
The latest standard, which replaces the 2005 version, takes into account a greater need for and awareness of energy efficiency.
New thermal requirements have seen U-value demands increase to 0.35 from 0.5 in walls and floors and to 0.2 from 0.3 in roofs.
The document, downloadable as a pdf on our Downloads section, as well as in hard copy format, gives examples of how and where to use each of the three Hybrid products in a range of scenarios.
The fact that the products are thin, light, clean, easy and quick to install is appealing to manufacturers, explains ACTIS technical manager Thomas Wiedmer.
“From the technical point of view, the benefits of creating a well-insulated and airtight building envelope and reducing interstitial condensation risk using the Hybrid range are proving extremely appealing to the park home manufacturers we have been working with so far.
“Because they are flexible and act as thermal blankets they have a dramatic impact on thermal bridging.”
National Caravan Council figures show there are around 100,000 park homes across Britain in 2,200 parks. The new standard applies only to newly produced units, with an average of 1,400 produced every year between 2010 and 2015, the majority to replace their outdated counterparts.