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Timber Innovations has been delighted to work alongside insulation manufacturing specialists Actis, in trialling their new Hybris insulation panels – all in the interest of seeking to offer our customers better value for their money.


We did it as part of a self-build project we were involved with, the with idea to compare the installation of Actis Hybris’ installation and performance with that of traditional PIR board, and with the blessing of our client. We have done this because we are always looking to give Timber Innovations’ customers the very best in installation and value.


The trial involved 125mm thick Hybris panels installed in the walls of what will eventually become a 130 square metres self-build home. The original project specification was for a conventional timber frame solution using PIR insulation. But we at Timber Innovations – who use a variety of technical response teams to look into more efficient and cost effective alternative materials – called in a SIG360 technical team to see what it suggested, instead of the traditional approach.


Our Business Development Manager Ian MacCarthy explained: “This job was already in the system as a conventional timber frame solution, and had therefore been priced and negotiated with the client as PIR insulation.


“We had SIG360 technical data for the usual PIR stuff though, and with the new Hybris thermal information we were able to roll out sufficient comparative date to keep the client satisfied.


“Our client also needed assurance that the performance was equal to, or better than, the negotiated specification, and that he wouldn’t be at risk from any consideration of fire, structural, thermal, durability, or appearance issues.


“Hybris is the nearest equivalent to PIR in the form suitable for timber framing – and therefore the easiest to demonstrate to clients as a substitute solution at equivalent performance.”


While Hybris has been designed to be used as part of an overall three in one Hybrid system with sister products insulating breather membrane Boost ‘R Hybrid and insulating vapour control layer HControl Hybrid; it can also be used alongside other membranes. And for the purposes of the trial, Timber Innovations stuck with the original, single layer membrane specifications.


As with many other Actis Hybrid users, Timber Innovations found Hybris’ ease of use one of its key benefits.


Said Ian MacCarthy: “We like the prospect of its simplicity to store and to cut to size, the avoidance of dust and crumbly waste during handling, less weight in the finished panels, and potential for reduced manufacture cost overall.”


Though the superstructure has been installed at the home’s final resting place in Doncaster, the project is still awaiting the attention of various other trades before we at Timber Innovations can comprehensively assess the benefits of using Hybris. But if the results perform as anticipated, and should it offer a commercially more effective way of achieving an excellent thermal result, then other clients will be giving the option of using Hybris in the future.


Said Ian: “There is scope for us to amend our timber frame solutions to incorporate Hybris instead of PIR materials. It it is commercially better to use Hybris, and if it makes sense in the factory environment, then we can easily increase the proportion of timber frame projects that are converted to Hybris – subject, obviously, to securing our client’s agreement.


“We will find other self-build schemes that can be converted from PIR to Hybris and will continue to look for commercial project opportunities likewise.”