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An alternative to Dead Bats | BUILDING MAGAZINE

An alternative to Dead Bats

TEX Batsafe has been invented by TLX Insulation, a specialist in applied polymer science and insulating breather membranes. The major issue for bats with breathable membranes is the fibres used within the products become damaged and fluff up when put into contact with bat claws. The fibres then entangle the bat which become trapped and die. TLX Batsafe is designed with a protective mesh either side of he product that allows contact for the bat, alongside still enabling the breathable membrane to function. Bats are a protected species in the UK. Until now when bats are found, only bitumen 1F felt has been used. This has come at considerable cost to the thermal performance of the roof, because 1F felt requires extra rafter space if insulation is used, in old buildings this is often not possible. Bitumen 1F felt is not breathable and requires a 50mm ventilated airgap directly under the product, this airgap takes up the space required to fit insulation between the rafters. Properties with an uninsulated 1F felt roof can release up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year through the buildings fabric. TLX says “Replacing 1F Felt with a breathable membrane and additional insulation between the rafters can reduce CO2 emissions by 57% it claims. TLX said that a product was needed to protect bats from traditional breathable membrane, and the entanglement issue they cause, but also allow for architects, building control officers and builders to refurbish old properties in accordance with approved Document L of the Building Regulations, by insulating properties to the required standard.