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Eco-Liner Upgrades Victorian School to 21st Century

Eco-Liner - the insulated plasterboard from EcoTherm - made fast work of upgrading the energy efficiency of a Victorian school building in Essex to 21st century standards. Eco-Liner was used to insulate and dry line existing external walls in a ‘one board’ application at Eastbury Primary School in Barking as part of a £7 million redevelopment project by May Gurney. EcoTherm’s plasterboard faced PIR insulation offers an all-in-one solution to achieving Part L compliance, and provides an interior wall surface ready for decoration - saving time and labour on site.

Around 2,000m2 of 82.5mm thick Eco-Liner insulated plasterboard with an ‘R’ value of 2.66W/m2K was installed on site by Suffolk-based Vale Interiors.


Colin Crome, Contracts Manager for Vale Interiors, says EcoTherm’s insulated dry lining board was quick and easy to work with. He comments: “We used the Eco-Liner, and to coin a phrase it does what it says on the tin! Once the board is applicated to the wall, the surface just has to be skim plastered and the job’s done. Using a single board solution like Eco-Liner saves valuable internal space, without compromising insulation values.”

By factory bonding PIR insulation to plasterboard, EcoTherm has halved the time needed to insulate and dry line solid masonry walls. Eco-Liner boards are easy to handle, with the PIR adding only slightly to the weight of the plasterboard.

Eco-Liner PIR insulated dry lining board may be specified in new build projects, and is ideal for upgrading older buildings to comply with energy targets: it can be used for walls, loft conversions and ceilings. Depending on the design detailing, the boards could be used for all or part of the target U-value performance requirement for walls, whilst keeping construction thickness to a minimum.

Renewable technology and low-carbon building materials like Eco-Liner are playing a key role in the redevelopment of the Eastbury School site. In addition to refurbishing and improving the thermal efficiency of the existing school building, the project includes installation of a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic panels on south facing roofs.

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