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City West launches insulation trial

A Salford housing association is beginning a pilot project to trial a new type of party cavity wall insulation.

The pilot project will see the new mineral wool insulation fitted to separating walls between terraced and semi-detached houses in City West Housing Trust’s properties.

The housing association, which owns and manages 14,600 homes in Salford, is undertaking the project with Knauf Insulation using the company’s ECOSE Technology, which creates insulation using formaldehyde-free binder technology and naturally occurring and recycled raw materials.

If the pilot is successful, customers could save between £60 and £90 a year on their energy bills, and household carbon emissions will be reduced by between a third and half a tonne per home, per year.

The performance of the insulation is being monitored by Leeds Metropolitan University and the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association, alongside Knauf Insulation.

City West head of supply chain and sustainability Garry Vaughan said: “Through our commitment to the green agenda we are ensuring our properties can be as energy efficient as possible and offer value for money for our customers.

“The party wall insulation builds on the work we have already carried out with our external wall insulation programme which has already helped 66 households to cut their energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions. We look forward to continuing our work in this area.”

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