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The Knauf Group supports the "SOS PLANET" exhibition
By itradmin on September 03, 2010
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SOS Planet Knauf

Liège 2010, universal climate city!

Climate change and increasingly frequent ecological disasters are among the priority challenges facing man, and we are all potential actors in the struggle that needs to be undertaken in order to slow these changes down.

SOS Planet Knauf

Liège 2010, universal climate city!


Climate change and increasingly frequent ecological disasters are among the priority challenges facing man, and we are all potential actors in the struggle that needs to be undertaken in order to slow these changes down. Particular reference should be made to the buildings in which we live, buildings in the industrialised world accounting for 40% of total energy usage, thus making them the largest consumers. The Knauf Group, and its insulation division Knauf Insulation, has decided to sponsor the "SOS Planet" exhibition. This acts as an indication of how important we feel it is to support such an initiative to raise awareness and provide information on energy use and climate change.

 

The installation of thermal insulation in buildings is one of the most economical and effective actions that can be undertaken to achieve a drastic reduction in energy consumption,  and the technical solutions are already available today. By improving the thermal performance of the walls, roofs and floors of new buildings, and especially existing buildings, not only is the energy factor reduced but significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved and we therefore become actors in the fight against climate change.

 

The Knauf Group offered "SOS Planet" its know-how and highest performance materials for the exhibition area. The parking level of the new Guillemins station dedicated to this event needed to be partitioned. Heat and sound insulation, fire resistance and safety and mechanical stability were all part of the specification. A construction system combining Knauf Insulation's Mineral Wool with ECOSE® Technology and different types of plaster panel were used to build these partitions.

 

During the design of the project, Knauf's technical services manager, Mr. Bob Gall, submitted several types of partitioning to ASBL Europa 50 for approval. The main requirements were sound and heat performance, and fire and impact resistance, as well as concerning the method of fixing the partition walls to the existing structure. In fact, SNCB Holding wished at all costs to preserve the new Guillemins stations' architectural integrity. By installing timber plates using stanchions between floor and ceiling, a bearing structure was created. The sub-construction could be fixed to this along with the plaster panel covering. Knauf Insulation's new 100mm and 150 mm thick Glass Mineral Wool with ECOSE® Technology was used at the core of all the partitions. This resulted in the forming of an effective screen against the inherent noise from the station and the cold from our winters that are sometimes still rigorous.

At the end of the event, all the construction materials such as metal strips, glass wool and plaster panels will be recovered and taken to recycling facilities.

 

The "SOS PLANET" exhibition will thus be able to welcome visitors in the coming months under the best conditions.