JACKOBOARD construction systems are designed to provide the flexibility to meet modern requirements in bathroom design for both commercial and domestic projects.
The construction boards feature an extruded XPS polystyrene core with a special coating on each side. This ensures the boards form a suitable substrate for all types of ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone tiles. They are waterproof, thermally insulating, easy to shape, lightweight and strong, the manufacturer says.
Changes to the British Standard for tiling (which came into force in 2018) require wider use of more appropriate materials for construction, and for receiving tiles in water sensitive and wet areas. This has reportedly led to increased demand for the JACKOBOARD range in new build applications as well as in renovation works.
The product comprises 98% air and is 100% recyclable, the company says, meaning it provides insulation, helps improve the sustainability of houses and also helps drive down heating costs. It is also a very long-lasting material which is inert and does not leak liquids or gases.
When the product range is used in new builds or extensions which are constructed using the JACKON Building Systems, JACKODUR ATLAS and THERMOMUR, these buildings can be made to meet Part L regulations, which are designed to cut carbon emissions from houses by 31%. The product range also enables such dwellings to exceed the requirements of the Future Homes Standard, the company says, which is coming in by 2025 and will require 75-80% less carbon emissions than currently.
The JACKON product range not only has BBA approval but Passivhaus certification, meaning it can play a role in the drive towards net zero house construction.
The products are also manufactured sustainably – protection of the environment is top of JACKON’s list of priorities. The company says that plastics, when used as long-term construction materials, can greatly reduce the need for heating energy and can therefore make a positive contribution to tackling the climate crisis.
The company’s support for the Bee Centre in Samlesbury, Preston, is a reflection of this concern. It donated 200 insulated polystyrene beehives to the Bee Centre two years ago, which have the benefit of lasting a lifetime, whatever the weather, while providing better insulation than timber alternatives in the winter.
A recent project also involved the delivery of three JACKON beehives and a colony of 15,000 honeybees to Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, situated in the heart of Suffolk, in September 2021. The owner Jimmy Doherty has a life-long passion for insects and he shared this in the Big Bee Rescue on Channel 4 in 2020, inspiring others to care for bees across the nation.
Michael Hailwood, sales director for construction board systems at JACKON UK says: “We view the sustainable properties of the JACKON product range and our support for the Bee Centre as integral elements of the same message – namely that JACKON’s XPS and EPS product range are equally concerned with sustainability in house construction and in initiatives designed to conserve biodiversity. We can demonstrate that plastics, when used for the long term, can reduce energy requirements and benefit the environment.”