Wood Fibre Insulation Systems
STEICO – The group for green building products and leader in wood fibre insulation products.
The STEICO success story began in 1986 with the founding of Steinmann & Co. GmbH. From humble beginnings as a small timber importer, STEICO has evolved into the world leader of wood fibre insulation materials.
STEICO HQ is situated in a state of the art building outside Munich. Showcasing the company’s products, it fully illustrates the comfortable working environment made possible by intelligent use of wood fibre insulation.
Here, they manages all aspects of sales, marketing, technical research and development functions.
Production takes place at two plants in Poland and one in France. Sales offices are also located in France and Great Britain and the Group increasingly sells globally. Company structure is very lean, flexible and efficient ensuring excellent customer service and fast response times.
STEICO group is particularly known for its environmentally friendly wood fibre insulation materials. However, there has also been a large investment and growth in wood based structural building products in more recent years.
A €60 m investment for both Laminated Veneer Lumber production facilities and additional wood fibre insulation production has been announced. Both new facilities will be developed at the group’s Czarna Woda site in Poland.
All STEICO products are manufactured in modern facilities using advanced technologies. Combine this with decades of know-how to offer new possibilities in the production of innovative, ecological and economical building materials.
Manufactured products are certified under the banner of the FSC or PEFC. This shows full chain of custody to guarantee the commitment for producing environmentally friendly and ecological products.
STEICO products meet the requirements of all relevant European standards and building regulations. Some also carry the prestigious IBR (Institut für Baubiologie) mark.
Independent third party testing ensures strict compliance of the products with the relevant building approvals. All factories operate under a certified quality management system according to ISO 9001:2008. Therefore ensuring consistently high product quality during manufacture.
STEICO also works closely with its extensive supply chain to provide local expertise with onsite and after sales support.
They may be a relatively new name to many however its products have been sold in the UK for over 26 years. In 2006 the first STEICO owned UK office was set up in Dartford, Kent. This initially low key operation has now developed into a major supplier of structural timber and wood fibre insulation products.
The UK product range is truly unique and offers truly sustainable and future proof building solutions. This is backed by the highest level of expertise, product development and experience.
Major new investments and increasing demand for healthy homes and work places means the future for STEICO looks good. In the UK demand for housing, timber frame structures and roofs will intensify. STEICO has the capacity, knowledge and quality structural products to be an excellent long term supply partner and provider.
Increasing ecological awareness and the urgent need to renovate an aged housing stock will also play its part in driving UK sales of wood fibre based insulation into the main stream.
Today, STEICO can truly be classed as a brand synonymous with quality, service excellence and ambition – driving an increasing portfolio of future-proof products and solutions.
A very good company to partner with, long term.
Wood Fibre Insulation from PAVATEX.
Since their establishment in 1932, PAVATEX have specialised in the manufacture of high-quality wood fibre insulation systems for the building envelope. Over 80 years of experience and innovation therefore make PAVATEX the leading supplier of wood fibre insulation worldwide.
Wood fibre insulation offers outstanding solutions for both new build and retrofit of applications.
Ecological and sustainable wood fibre boards easily meet requirements for modern insulation and provide many additional advantages. They reliably protect against cold in winter, heat in the summer and shield the occupants from the noise of the outside world.
They are free from harmful substances and, thanks to their vapour permeability, enable healthy and pleasant rooms.
PAVATEX wood fibre insulation can even be composted at the end of its lifetime.
What’s Important to PAVATEX.
PAVATEX stands for sustainability and ecological construction. The environmental aspect has played an outstanding role since the founding of the company. Well insulated buildings rank among the most important factors of climate protection measures.
Through the use wood fibre insulation materials, energy requirements are lowered, emissions of CO² are reduced and carbon is bound by the structural use of wood.
By combining climate protection with living comfort, PAVATEX systems represent the perfect building envelope for sustainable building projects.
PAVATEX attaches maximum importance to energy efficiency and sustainability, both in the selection of the raw materials and in the manufacture and transport of wood fibre insulation boards. The production plants in Cham (CH) and Golbey (F) are among the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the industry.
The renowned Natureplus association has honoured these efforts: it has awarded the PAVATEX insulating materials its coveted certificate and thereby confirmed their environmentally friendliness and suitability for healthy living.
Wood is a precious raw material with outstanding insulating properties. PAVATEX has developed a unique process that increases the natural insulating properties of wood three-fold. This highly efficient thermal insulation not only provides comfort, but also helps save energy. This is particularly useful in the winter: PAVATEX products ensure that cosy warmth lasts longer in the home, as the outstanding thermal insulation of wood fibre insulating materials prevents heat loss.
The natural porosity and the composition of the fibres make wood a particularly efficient insulating material. Professional PAVATEX products ensure that your heating costs are reduced even in the harshest winter.
When the sun beats down mercilessly on the roof on hot summer days, there can be an enormous build-up of heat if the roof is not sufficiently insulated. While insulating materials are supposed to keep the warmth inside the building in the winter, they must keep the heat out in summer. The high-quality PAVATEX wood fibre panels help to create an ideal room climate both in winter and in summer, as their greater mass means they are particularly effective at buffering heat.
With conventional insulation, the roof area heats up quickly to unpleasant temperatures above 27° C. In using wood fibre insulation, the temperature of the same area can be reduced to a comfortable 23° C.
Noise is not only bothersome, but also poses a risk to health. In cities in particular, people are exposed to sources of noise on a continuous basis. If you can’t get away from this noise even in your own home, this can result in serious health problems. It is therefore well worth protecting your home accordingly.
Wood fibre insulation offers outstanding protection from airborne and impact noise. In frequency ranges relevant to building acoustics, PAVATEX is a clear winner with its outstanding noise absorption properties. Regardless of whether you’re faced with a large building site on your doorstep or you live near an airport or busy road, PAVATEX provides reliable protection against noise.
Homeowners need to consider the worst-case scenario: the building catching fire. They need to be prepared for what should never happen in order to protect residents and the building as best they can. House fires can even generate temperatures of more than 1,000° C.
The so-called carbonisation effect means that compared to conventional insulating materials, wood fibre panels remain intact and thus prevent oxygen influx, limiting the speed at which the fire can spread. In the worst-case scenario, these are precious minutes that can save lives. In addition, wood fibre insulation panels release virtually no harmful emissions in the event of a fire.
Wood fibre products are breathable.
Buildings should be constructed so that they are permeable in order to allow humidity regulation of inside and outside air. Wood fibre products are ideal for this.
They are high-quality, permeable insulating materials which, thanks to their hygroscopic quality, reduce the risk of damage to the building’s structure and ensure a healthy and pleasant room climate.
The air tightness layer of the building shell should prevent warm and moist air penetrating building components and thus prevent convective moisture damage and condensation problems in construction. A special layer that is integrated into or applied to the components of the building shell (e.g. external wall, roof) prevents penetration. The vapour barrier often also serves to make the building airtight at the same time.
Vapour-permeable insulation and airtight construction – made possible thanks to the new sealing range from PAVATEX. Optimally tailored to the wood fibre insulating systems, its innovative system solutions open up new paths in terms of energy-conscious construction and renovation.
A Healthy Home
A healthy home is a significant factor for our well-being. It is possible to identify over 70,000 different chemical substances in the inside air of a residential building. Some of these are harmful to health. Since we spend almost ninety percent of our day in closed rooms and are exposed to these contaminants almost relentlessly, the number of people suffering from allergies is constantly growing. Many people suffering from lethargy, headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration or susceptibility to infections often don’t take poor indoor air quality into account as a factor when looking for triggers.
PAVATEX products are made of fir and spruce wood, which emit virtually no volatile organic compounds or harmful substances into the indoor air. This makes PAVATEX a guarantee of a healthy home.
Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly
No raw material for insulation is more natural than wood. All PAVATEX products consist of untreated wooden fibres pressed into panels in an eco-friendly process.
PAVATEX products represent an environmentally friendly use of resources. The wood used, mainly fir and spruce, comes from forestry operations in the region surrounding each factory. Since wood is a sustainable raw material and the production process in the factories is energy-efficient. Wood fibre insulation panels meet the highest demands in terms of ecological sustainability. Wood improves the carbon footprint two-fold, because it stores carbon and also considerably reduces the need for heating energy.