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UK SME seeks licensees for retrofit cavity wall tray insulation solutions

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOUK20190709002
Published
10/07/2019
Last update
24/07/2019
Expiration date
17/07/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Materials, components and systems for construction
Installations related to construction (energy, lighting, …)
Building materials
Thermal insulation
Thermal insulation
Construction companies
Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
Distribution of building products and systems
Engineering and consulting services related to construction
Manufacture of other plastic products
Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
This UK SME has developed a proprietary retrofit cavity wall tray that is cheaper, quicker to install, more durable, & causes less disruption than alternative approaches and is seeking licensees to partner with to install and/or retrofit this solution.

Description

Description: 

Buildings are constructed to let air and water through the boundary wall of a cavity. Therefore, rain penetration is the major problem to cavity fill; more so, as weather patterns become more extreme. If cavity fill becomes wet, it then becomes a conductor of heat, rather than an insulator, and the heat loss can be greater than having no cavity wall insulation at all.

In winter the boundary/outer wall is the coldest of the walls within the cavity and water vapour/condensation will return to water on the inside of the boundary wall. The rest of the year the inner leaf/wall of the cavity is the coldest & the water vapour returns to water on the outside of the inner wall making this wall damp.

This system overcomes insulation & damp problems by using its unique design to collect the water and divert it out through the boundary wall. This reduces “bridging” (water transference across the cavity) & the associated damp risk (condensation) on the internal walls of the cavity & reducing frost damage to the outer walls. In addition, the system does not create further cold spots.

The system provides a barrier which closes any part of a cavity completely, independent of height. When used with readily available insulation material, this provides a cost-effective way to achieve an insured insulated wall.

This UK SME has developed, and holds patents for, the unique retrofit horizontal cavity wall barrier (cavity tray) that can easily and economically be fitted to any new/existing buildings.

The technology consists of a horizontal cavity tray, a unique insertion system which sections a continuous cavity; supports insulation material & addresses rain penetration by collecting water and removing it from the building.

Partnerships are sought with potential organisations to use the system under licence.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
• This product overcomes insulation limitations & damp problems by using its unique design to collect the water and divert it out through the boundary wall. This reduces “bridging” (water transference across the cavity) & the associated damp risk (condensation) on the internal walls of the cavity & reducing frost damage to the outer walls. The system does not create further cold spots. The system provides a barrier which closes any part of a cavity completely, independent of height. • Within a block of flats, the system also has the additional benefit of holding the insulation in place (stops slumping, insulation sliding down the cavity). Enables individual flats to achieve insulation without having to have the overall agreement of the total block, or, if one occupant does not require/want cavity fill this would stop the others having cavity fill, until now. • Removes 12 meter Rule (continuous cavities can now be insulated, to any height - UK & EU) • Can assist with party walls (dividing wall between homes) that have staggered rooflines. • Quick & easy to fit, saving labour costs, opening new markets for cavity wall insulation that is sustainable & affordable. • Currently, it is extremely costly to have insulation enhancements in mid/high-rise buildings. To achieve similar insulation savings (This is calculated using the Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure, RDSAP) to those achievable with this product, older multi-story buildings must be clad externally or dry-lined internally at a much higher cost & considerable disruption. • Allows installation of lower cost cavity fill • Lower energy costs for the end user through reduced heat loss (keeps insulation dryer) • No long-term mould/damp damage to fabric of building, improving living space environment • Reduced CO2 emissions • Trays are made from recycled plastic • British Board of Agrément (BBA) is the building regulator for the UK & EU & they have tested & passed the tray for fire regs

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The type of licensee /industry partner sought are those organisations that work within &/or involved with construction of both residential &/or commercial buildings. Potential partners are likely to include insulation manufacturers & installers; clad fitting companies looking to diversify; building maintenance companies as this product can be retro-fitted; plastic extruder companies & engineering companies.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA