Corksol Ltd, the Brighouse-based company that exclusively distributes Corksol SprayCork to approved applicators across the UK, has received a £150,000 grant from the Sustainable Innovation Fund to develop a next generation coating that will protect homes against heat loss and damp from the inside out.
Developed in partnership with scientists at Teesside University and a network of approved applicators, this innovative new project aims to create an affordable new coating that will have a positive impact on the UK housing market, tackling the nationwide issue of fuel poverty, while reducing the negative health impact of cold homes.
The new thermally augmented cork-based thin insulation coating, known as TACTIC, is being funded through Innovate UK as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund, whose aim it is to help rebuild all sectors of the UK economy and create new opportunities following the fallout of the global health pandemic.
Joff Ward, managing director for Corksol, explains: “The nation is facing real problems and Yorkshire is very much part of that. The UK housing and construction market is one of many industries negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, while ageing homes and fuel poverty are ongoing issues that need to be addressed.
“By innovating and pushing the boundaries of our current cork product, we aim to deliver a ground-breaking solution that could answer the needs of 7.7 million hard to treat homes in the UK that suffer from a lack of insulation, leading to poor health and ever increasing fuel bills.
“It’s time to safeguard the future of those living in ageing properties and fight the fight against known respiratory problems caused by poor insulation.”