Actis Hybrid insulation

PIR board user switches to Actis Hybrid – and says his company will never look back

A development company which traditionally used PIR board to insulate its homes switched to using Actis Hybrid insulation when a national shortage meant it couldn’t get hold of its go-to products – and says it was so quick, clean, easy and cost effective to use it will only ever use the newly discovered system in the future!

MD of Dale Building Ltd, Alan Dale has just completed a courtyard development of eight barn conversions near Andover in Hampshire – and has sold six, leaving the remaining two largest properties to go on the market through Savills Winchester office in the new year for just under £1 million each.

Alan explained: “We would have had to wait six months to get any PIR board so we started chasing around for an alternative. We did some research and spoke to our building control people and Actis came up.

“We were pushed into doing it because of a problem and now the PIR board manufacturers have lost us forever. We bought whole lorry load quantities to do all the barns in one go which made the purchasing cheaper. The labour costs for the installation are also lower, so we are happy. We’re sticking to it now.”

Alan used honeycomb insulation material Hybris and insulating vapour control layer HControl Hybrid in all eight of the Down Farm Barns – which vary from a bijou 700 sq ft residence to an impressive 3,200 sq ft family home.

Thermally, the barns should deliver a cosy performance. Although conversions have less stringent energy efficiency targets than new builds, the development has exceeded building control requirements by using a greater thickness of Hybris than required.

The small one bedroom barn proved so popular it could have been sold several times over – even with its £300,000 price tag, said Alan.

“People were queuing up for it. It was the location and it is cute. It has a glass wall and looks over agricultural land. We had to disappoint several people. It is very cool and impressed everybody.”

The barns have wood burning stoves, underfloor heating, engineered oak and limestone floors and painted shaker kitchens.