YBS Superquilt helps save Yorkshire social club

The multi-foil and membrane product manufacturer, YBS, has come to the assistance of a local community group, striving to refurbish their much-loved village hall, providing the volunteer task force with its high performance SuperQuilt to insulate the building’s roof and sub-structure.

Originally constructed by ICI to house quarry workers, Sterndale Moor in Derbyshire numbers just 80 homes and has no facilities other than the 1930s three-room, club house which once served as a school. Residents are therefore determined to keep the club in a fit state for the many roles it plays hosting activities for all age groups and interests.

Local couple, Colin and Barbara Grindy, have been instrumental in organising the work carried out over the past year, which has seen various aspects of the building fabric improved, including energy performance and airtightness.

Colin Grindy commented: “The club house dates from 1935 and has been a constant maintenance headache for years. Prior to the current refurbishment programme, you could get a shower just walking between rooms because the roof gully leaked so badly, and the oil-fired heating struggled to keep the place warm in winter.

“We did get some grant funding from the local quarry companies which paid for the new electrics we needed, but my wife Barbara also contacted a number of local building companies seeking help, including YBS which is well known. Following discussions with Daniel McKane, the sales and marketing manager, about the building’s uninsulated roof, YBS kindly supplied us with their SuperQuilt insulation which proved very straightforward to install.”

With only a narrow hatchway providing access to the two parallel pitched roofs and hipped areas, two of the club’s slightly-built volunteers – Bob Akers and Tegwin Holman – undertook the installation of the SuperQuilt: rolling it out across the ceiling joists and securing it with the special tape YBS also supplied. They also lined the underside to the various roof pitches to create a fully insulated warm roof-space, and still had sufficient SuperQuilt left over to tackle the cellar.

Colin continued saying: “The insulation was finished back in early April and the difference to the comfort levels it made was immediate. We had not only been losing a lot of heat through the roof areas, but we also realised that air movement through the cellar was having a big effect, so the SuperQuilt was installed underneath the suspended ground floor as well. The central heating is oil-fired so we will find out just how much fuel the insulation is saving us – so it’s a massive thank you to YBS for their help.”

Recognised by the NHBC, compliant with Part L of the Building Regulations and holding an Agrement Certificate, SuperQuilt is suitable for both new-build and refurbishment work. It comprises 19 layers including reflective foil, expanded polyethylene and polyester wadding to provide a cost effective and user-friendly alternative to much thicker insulation materials. Installed with a 25mm cavity it controls not just radiated energy, but thermal conduction and convection, while also combating thermal overheating in the summer months.