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The KORE Blog

Can I Retrofit My Home to the Passive House Standard?

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 06:38 PM


If you've been around the construction or insulation industry the past few years there's no doubt you've heard about the Passive House Standard. Houses built to the Passivhaus Standard focus on energy efficiency, whether reducing energy demand for heating and cooling, introducing renewables to offset energy usage or generating a surplus of energy that is stored or sold back to the electricity grid. The Passive House is a "construction concept" that has taken off to help bring low energy buildings into the spotlight. 

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Tags: passive house, Home Insulation, enerphit

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose EPS Over the Competition

Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 06:32 PM


How do you normally choose the material you use for insulation? Do you base it on performance? Cost? Availability? Do you go with what you know and what you've been using for years, or maybe you look for recommendations from other professionals in the industry?

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Tags: insulation, EPS

Insulation Series: What Type of Foundation is Right for Me?

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 @ 07:17 PM



Here at KORE our technical team receives a lot of questions. Whether someone is looking for a U-Value calculation, the best type of insulation to install or a self builder with a general question about planning their first build, we're here to help as best we can. One question we're often asked is "what is the best type of foundation for my build?". While there is never one correct answer for every situation, we figured we'd spend a bit of time exploring the different foundation systems used across Ireland and the UK in our latest post on the KORE Blog.

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Tags: insulation, Insulated Foundation System, Foundations

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Open Their Doors to Public for Fourth Time

Posted on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 @ 01:01 PM


For the fourth year in a row, owners of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings will open their doors and invite interested parties inside for a look around. The annual event hopes to inspire visitors to aim for similar low energy building standards for their own projects. The NZEB Open Doors event showcases a wide range residential and commercial properties scattered across the country, making the event accessible for nearly everyone.

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Tags: Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, NZEB Open Doors 2016

Insulation Terms You Need To Know: Part 3 - U-Values

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 02:44 PM


In part one of our insulation series, we focused on insulation materials and applications. In part two we discussed the necessity of adequate roof, wall and mechanical ventilation. In part 3, our latest installment, we're going to dive a bit deeper into the technical terms associated with insulation, more specifically U-values and what these numbers mean.

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Tags: U-Value, Thermal Conductivity, Thermal Resistance, Thermal Transmittance

KORE to Present on ISO 9001 & 14001 at NSAI Roadshow

Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 @ 04:10 PM

This week, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) will be hosting a series of road shows across Ireland. KORE is pleased to announce our own Caroline Ashe will be presenting on our transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 on 20th September in Galway, and 21st September in Dublin. These NSAI seminars are completely free to attend for existing and new clients.

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Tags: insulation, ISO Certification, NSAI

Insulation Series: How We Ensure the Quality of Our Insulation

Posted on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 06:12 PM


At KORE we're serious about the quality of the insulation we provide to all of our customers. Whether you're a part of our KORE Fill Network, a contractor or self builder, you can rest assured that the insulation you receive fully meets the standards published in all of our technical documents and Agrément certifications. Not only do we routinely test our own products in-house to ensure quality, we work with fully accredited independent labs to crosscheck all data and results. This ensures we're manufacturing high quality and high performance insulation day in and day out - and we have the proof to back it up.

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Tags: Cavity Wall Insulation, expanded polystyrene, Quality

5 Reasons Why Insulation is an Investment Worth Making

Posted on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 02:56 PM



There are many reasons why insulation is a good idea. In fact, we could write a book on the benefits of properly insulating and ventilating your home. Instead, we'll sum it up in a short blog post so you'll be on your way to investing in your health, comfort and the environment.

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Tags: insulation, Insulation Grants, Building Energy Rating, Home Insulation

5 Reasons You Should Choose airpop for Your Packaging Needs

Posted on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 03:30 PM


If you've been following the KORE Blog you probably know that airpop (EPS) is great when used as an insulator, such as cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation or passive foundation systems. The usefulness of airpop doesn't just end with insulation - there are many other uses for airpop that you may or may not know about. 

One of the main benefits of expanded polystyrene is the versatility of the product. Airpop can be provided in loose fill bead form, in large blocks, boards cut to a specific size and just about any shape you can imagine. 

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Tags: EPS, expanded polystyrene, manufacturing, EPS Packaging, airpop

Thermal Bridging: What It Is & Why You Should Avoid It

Posted on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 06:22 PM



If you've been around the construction and insulation industry you probably know the term thermal bridging, also known as cold bridges or heat bridges. In an airtight and insulated home, thermal bridges can account for heat loss of up to 30 percent.

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Tags: insulation, Heat Loss, Construction, thermal bridging