Silence is golden
Regupol 4515 Eco, a rubber and cork acoustic underlayment, has been installed in Pacific Court the second phase of apartments to be released at Berkeley Homes development, Caspian Wharf in Bow to provide cost effective impact sound insulation. Compatible with a range of floor finishes and underfloor heating systems, Regupol 4515 Eco delivered Part E compliant acoustic dampening beneath carpet and vinyl flooring.
In an effort to regenerate London’s waterways, the Berkeley development was intended to serve the housing needs of business professionals by exemplifying the highest in quality of living. As excess impact sound transfer can cause considerable discomfort to residents in lower level apartments, the remit included the provision of an acoustically sound environment. Comprising of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, it was vital that any acoustic solution selected was suitable for use in a broad range of applications.
Specified to satisfy Part E requirements, flooring contractor, Loughton Contracts installed 4,000sq m of 4.5mm Regupol 4515 Eco with water based acrylic dispersion Regubond 100 in 171 apartments. Applied beneath vinyl and carpet flooring in all dwellings, the robust acoustic underlay delivers acoustic attenuation under a range of floor finishes. In addition, system performance is retained even with the use of underfloor heating, making Regupol 4515 Eco one of the most versatile acoustic products on the market.
Effectively minimising impact energy transfer by attenuating the sound at source, Regupol 4515 Eco offers long term performance without the risk of collapse under high point loads. Manufactured from 100% recycled and recyclable material, it generates zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and zero global warming potential (GWP). As a sustainable yet cost competitive acoustic solution, Regupol 4515 Eco is an attractive proposition for developers aiming to satisfy strict Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) criteria.
Chan Sau, Divisional Manager for Loughton Contracts, explained: “Regupol 4515 Eco met all of the client’s acoustic requirements in one convenient product and thanks to our positive experience at Pacific Court, we will be using the product in further phases of the Caspian Wharf development.”
Paul Absolon, Technical Director for CMS Acoustics, concluded: “In high rise new builds achieving Part E compliance without sacrificing room height is crucial. With guaranteed thicknesses, Regupol 4515 Eco helps maximise ceiling heights to ensure best possible use of the available space.”
Tyco escapes to the country
A complete underfloor heating system from Tyco Thermal Controls is providing the ultimate in luxury heating for guests at the prestigious London Syon Park, a Waldorf Astoria hotel.
London Syon Park sits at the edge of the two hundred acre Syon House estate, a unique setting that has served as the country home of the Duke of Northumberland for over 400 years. Its 137 rooms and seven luxury suites boast the ultimate in luxury for guests, which combine with the finest traditions of a country house estate to make this a truly unforgettable experience.
With such a prestigious project, there could be no room for error which is why the Raychem intelligent underfloor heating system was specified for the guest bedrooms throughout the hotel.
The T2Red, self-regulating system offers increased comfort while saving on heating costs, is easy to install and is suitable for all floor types. It works by sensing other heat sources in the room, such as solar radiation and automatically adjusting its heat output accordingly.
A number of different systems were installed throughout the hotel to achieve maximum comfort and efficiency. T2Red with T2Reflecta was installed in the bedrooms and combines the self-regulating heating cable with a pre-grooved aluminium covered insulation profile to reduce heat losses and provide increased energy efficiency and an even heat distribution throughout the room.
In the luxurious bathrooms, T2Quicknet 160, a thin self-adhesive heating mat was used as it provides fast heat up time, and at only 3mm thick is ideal for installation under tiled floors.