JACKON UK at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre

JACKON is on Stand 205 at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon.

We provide installer training at the Centre on our ICF and insulated foundation systems. Our classroom based sessions are free as part of the ongoing support provided for our customers.

JACKON products are of great interest to the self-build community, because of the positive contribution they can make in the construction of highly energy-efficient buildings with very low energy inputs required for heating or cooling – and also because of their ease of use. 

The JACKON systems integrate insulation materials into the concrete formwork, which totally changes and modernises the way houses are constructed. 

As well as being easier and quicker to build, an ICF house provides massive advantages during the life of a building. These include: dramatically improved insulation and therefore reduced expenditure on heating and cooling; excellent acoustic performance; fire resistance; enhanced resilience to flood, extreme weather and seismic activity; rot and vermin resistance; minimal maintenance requirement; mortgage, insurance and planning acceptance.

The product range meets Passivhaus standards and also has BBA accreditation for the UK market.

JACKON at Housing 2022 Exhibition

JACKON UK is exhibiting at Housing 2022, taking place from 28 – 30 June at Manchester Central.

Come along in June to Stand C37 to get an idea of the key benefits of using Jackon UK insulated foundations and ICF building systems. JACKON products make a positive contribution to the construction of highly energy-efficient buildings, due to very low energy inputs required for heating or cooling. Housing 2022 is an ideal opportunity to explore alternative solutions to tackle the shortfall in the UK housing stock.

The company’s two building systems will be on display – THERMOMUR® – an ICF wall system, manufactured from expanded polystyrene (EPS), comprising robust pre-formed blocks with a hollow core, which is filled with a concrete pour during construction; and JACKODUR® ATLAS – an extruded polystyrene (XPS) system, which provides thermal insulation systems for floor slabs. 

For building interiors, the JACKOBOARD® range will also be on display. JACKOBOARD® is the leading UK brand of polystyrene-based construction boards and tile backerboards for wet rooms and showers. The boards are moisture resistant, waterproof, thermally insulating, lightweight and very strong.

JACKON UK strengthens its business development resource

JACKON UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Douglas as the company’s second Business Development Manager within its Building Systems Division.  Working alongside Glenn Kiely, JACKON UK’s first BDM in the Building Systems Division, Richard will be responsible for developing JACKON’s relations with contractors, developers and architects.

He has broad experience of the construction industry stretching back 20 years, and spent 13 years working  for a company specialising in damp-proofing remedial work. During this time Richard obtained a CSSW qualification (Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and also developed an appreciation of ICF (Insulating Concrete Formwork).

At JACKON UK his responsibilities include developing market opportunities for THERMOMUR® ICF expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is used for constructing the formwork for buildings and also for JACKODUR® ATLAS extruded polystyrene (XPS), used for constructing insulated floor slabs.

“This is a great time to be joining JACKON UK,” he says. “The company’s polystyrene construction products are gaining a wider acceptance in the marketplace, driven on by constant Government pressure to construct ever more energy-efficient buildings. At a time when changes to Part L Construction Regs and initiatives such as the Future Homes Standard are increasingly directing the way the construction industry works, it is very exciting to be working for a forward-looking business which has momentum behind it and has the right product range to meet and exceed present and future market requirements when it comes to sustainable construction.

“I look forward to meeting customers old and new in the coming months, either on-site or at one of the trade shows in which JACKON will be participating.”

Part L – bring it on!

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations are the latest phase of the Government’s drive to reduce CO2 emissions caused by the domestic housing stock – and they come into effect this month!

The changes were first announced in December 2021 and aim to tackle the fact that heating and powering buildings currently accounts for 40% of all UK energy use and 20% of emissions. From 15 June 2022, all new homes must produce 30% less carbon dioxide emissions than previous standards.

A step on the way towards the Future Homes Standard, which comes fully into effect in 2025, the Part L changes now put responsibility on to housebuilders and developers to deliver more energy-efficient homes and play their part in combating climate change.

Critically the part L changes involve a tightening up of the U-value targets for new homes, renovations and extensions. The new U-value targets can be found on the Government website.

The target U-value stated in the new part L regulations for external walls is U = 0.18 W/(m2 K), while the target U-value for floors is U = 0.13 W/(m2 K).

These targets are no problem for JACKON, since its THERMOMUR® 350 Super range – currently the company’s best-selling range in the UK – achieves 0.15 for walls with no added materials, and the JACKODUR® ATLAS system can achieve 0.11.

So the benefits of JACKON’s 60 years’ expertise in EPS (moulded expanded polystyrene) and XPS (extruded polystyrene) manufacturing are easy to see. The company’s two complementary building systems, JACKODUR® ATLAS for insulated floor slabs and THERMOMUR® ICF for the formwork, enable you to build energy-efficient, sustainable buildings, which help keep you on the right side of the ever-changing construction regulations!

What is the Future Homes Standard, and Why does the Construction Industry Need to Act Now?

The Future Homes and Building Standard is a set of standards that homes and buildings must adhere to. This ensures that all new homes built from 2025 onwards produce 75%-80% less carbon emissions than homes built under the current regulations. This is a huge step forward for the construction industry, and it’s something that the industry needs to start preparing for now. The standard will require a change in the way homes are designed and built, so we must begin to explore these changes now. In this article, JACKON UK will explore what the Future Homes Standard is, why it is so important and why we produce all our current products to meet these crucial standards now to be ready for the change in the law.

According to the government’s consultation in 2019, 20% of greenhouse gas emissions are made by new and existing homes in the UK. Future Homes Standard aims to improve energy efficiency in newly built homes from 2025 onwards, applicable to homes built in England.

New homes built from 2025 must have:

  1. low carbon emission heating systems installed
  2. high rated insulation for maximum energy efficiency
  3. double glazing, which can insulate around doors and windows and reduce energy consumption
  4. 75%-80% less carbon emissions than current homes

These moves help homes move toward the government’s goal of becoming Net Zero in 2050 and decarbonising the electricity grid. The Future Homes Standard should mean that these new homes built will not need to be retrofitted with the latest technology to meet the net-zero targets. The government will continue to consult the industry and refine the standard before they are made into regulations. These will be given out with notice for the industry to implement.

The Immediate Future for New Homes:

The government also introduced the interim uplift regulations that will come into force in June 2022. This is so building regulations make sure homes emit up to 30% less carbon, prevent over-heating and improve ventilation and insulation before the Future Homes Standard comes into effect.

There are caveats, including transitional arrangements in place. If a building notice or full plans for building work are submitted to a local authority before 15 June 2022, then, provided the building work starts by 15 June 2023, the building is subject to previous building and regulation standards. All contractors must be aware of this as the deadline approaches.

How we can prepare for the Future Homes Standard:

  1. Learning about the new standard and how it will affect the way we design and build homes
  2. Updating our skillsets to reflect the new requirements of the Future Homes Standard
  3. Looking into new technologies and materials that can help us reduce carbon emissions in homes

The Future Homes Standard is essential to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring that all new homes are energy efficient. We need to start preparing for this change now, and the construction industry needs to act fast to meet the 2025 deadline. JACKON UK provides multiple sustainable building materials to help homes achieve greater energy efficiency, insulation, and sustainability and help meet the Future Homes Standards, including THERMOMUR® building systems and JACKODUR® insulation. Contact JACKON UK, pioneers of sustainable construction, to discuss your requirements today!

World-first hydrogen trials demonstrate pathway to net zero cement

Concrete has strong sustainability credentials and is playing a vital role in meeting the UK’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Increasingly, the industry is recognising the importance of measuring the environmental performance of a building over its whole life, rather than simply considering the impact of its construction.

JACKON UK receives daily questions regarding the carbon footprint of the materials we use. This is why discussing the life cycle of the current housing stock and future proofing buildings is so important. JACKON UK is relied on by many customers due to its broad range of climate-friendly, sustainable thermal insulation solutions and it is committed to contributing towards high-quality, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings. 

The UK concrete industry is making great strides in its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its raw materials, and recent trials at Hanson Cement’s Ribblesdale plant in Lancashire shine a spotlight on one of many ways the industry is changing.

Led by the Mineral Products Association (MPA), Hanson UK and made possible by Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funding, the trial used a mix of 100% net-zero fuel for commercial-scale cement manufacture. During the demonstration at the Ribblesdale plant, the proportion of fuels in the cement kiln’s main burner was gradually increased to a wholly net-zero mix consisting of tanker-delivered hydrogen as well as meat and bone meal (MBM) and glycerine. 

If fully implemented for the whole kiln system, nearly 180,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved each year at Ribblesdale alone, compared to using the traditional fuel of coal at the site.

Dr Richard Leese, MPA Director – Industrial Policy, Energy and Climate Change, says: “Our sector is committed to advancing ground-breaking collaborative research and innovation to meet the industry’s climate change objectives. This world-first trial has demonstrated the potential of using net-zero fuel mixes for the manufacture of cement at commercial scale. 

“Building on the significant steps our members have already taken through the use of waste-derived fuels, in the future we envisage that combining the use of net-zero fuels with Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) technology will enable the production of cement to capture more COthan it emits.”

Energy & Climate Change Minister, Greg Hands, said: “This project, supported by £3.2 million in government funding, is a key example of how we are supporting industry to reduce emissions and move away from relying on fossil fuels.

“Fuel switching and developing hydrogen technology will be vital for decarbonising industries such as cement production and will help us further develop the green infrastructure needed as we drive forward the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”.

Read more about this trial here

New ICF project near Reading

JACKON UK is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the contract to supply the THERMOMUR® ICF system and JACKODUR® ATLAS insulated concrete raft system to a beautiful American colonial-style project just south of Reading. 

JACKON brings over 60 years’ expertise in EPS and XPS manufacturing to the market. JACKODUR® ATLAS uses XPS (extruded polystyrene) and THERMOMUR® uses EPS (moulded expanded polystyrene) to create the formwork. In accordance with the current trend towards green building and zero-energy homes, the combination of JACKODUR® ATLAS with THERMOMUR® enables more rapid construction and the most energy efficient buildings.

The property will consist of three large retaining walls set back from the substructure (to allow access and aid in the waterproofing design), an ICF Basement along with 2 further stories and a wrap-around balcony.

JACKON participates in Grand Designs Live

JACKON UK recently attended Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham, promoting the fact that we are Future Homes ready. That means we’re ready for the tough new u-value targets for new builds when they come into effect from 2025 as part of the Future Homes Standard.

Grand Designs hosted an ‘Ask an Expert’ area where attendees could access free consultations with experts, including designers, planning and finance specialists, architects, builders and project managers. JACKON UK are thrilled to have received lots of positive feedback from these consultations. 

The entire perimeter of the ‘Ask an Expert’ area was constructed using THERMOMUR® ICF blocks so not only did ‘Ask an Expert’ provide the panel of experts with a closed-off working space to interact with prospective clients, but it also gave JACKON UK an opportunity to showcase their ICF construction products in an environment where all questions could be answered about this leading insulated concrete form. 

JACKON UK would also like to thank Matthew Worrall for his support and Tudor Beams for the constant supply of beverages and insight into their sustainable and cost-effective alternative to real oak.

JACKOBOARD® signs up as a Gold Sponsor of TTA Awards 2022

JACKOBOARD® is one of the first brands to give its support to the TTA Awards 2022 as a Gold Sponsor. JACKOBOARD® is no stranger to the TTA Awards, having been a Gold Sponsor in previous years as well.

Michael Hailwood, Director of JACKON UK & IRE, says: “I am really looking forward to celebrating the excellence our industry has to offer at the TTA Awards 2022. The association with quality and brilliance provided by Gold Sponsorship is absolutely right for JACKOBOARD® and it also provides a truly unique opportunity to promote our brand in front of a key buying audience from right across the tiling sector”.

Entries are opening soon for the TTA Awards 2022 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 24 June.

Kay Porter, CEO of The Tile Association, says: “We’re pleased to announce JACKOBOARD® as a Gold Sponsor of the TTA 2022 Awards. Having major industry brands on board from the start is a real credit to the awards and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, without whom the TTA Awards would not be possible.”

JACKOBOARD® appoints Martin Harragan to further strengthen its commercial team

Martin brings a wealth of experience which has been gathered from many different roles. His career started in 1992 as a Fabrication & Welding Engineer, and he later developed into CAD Design, Quality Management and finally Specification Sales and Key Account Management. 

Martin has worked with industry leading manufacturers who supply into building, tiling, plumbing, retail and dry lining distribution. These accounts were all stimulated by specification and contractor-led projects and Martin has been active in the complete value chain. 

By most recently specialising in XPS-based products and understanding these products’ versatility in many different applications, he lends his considerable skill set to support the technical requirements, sustainability performance and commercial positions in each target market group. 

Michael Hailwood, Director of JACKON UK & Ireland, says: “This appointment shows the intent that JACKON have to continue with our impressive recent growth and increase the presence in the UK specification market with the industry leading JACKOBOARD® brand. Bringing Martin to the company is an exciting opportunity, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team”.