Creating Effective Drainage and Insulation on Flat Roofs


Organisation profile

Unilin Insulation is an Irish manufacturer committed to supporting the construction industry in the delivery of Low and Zero Carbon buildings.

From design stage to the delivery of ‘A’ rated buildings, the construction professional can rely on the expertise and support of the Unilin Insulation team. It is through the interaction between manufacturers, designers, engineers, builders and energy assessors that together we can formulate strategies to ‘Close the Gap’ between design and actual performance on site.

Training aim

An introduction of Tapered insulation Systems and Cut-to-Fall design scheme that provide designers with a precise, technically excellent solution to achieve thermal insulation and bespoke drainage.

Learning objectives

  • Roof failures: consequences of ponding, and how creating a fall in flat roofs avoids damage
  • How those falls might be created
  • How Cut-to-fall (Tapered) Insulation systems are designed and supplied in components to create a drainage system
  •  Introductiing the XtraFall System
  • What tapered design service entails, and the components included in such schemes
  • Compatibility of insulation and various waterproofing systems
  • A Critical Component: competency in U-value/condensation risk analysis

Course outline

  • Introduction to Unilin Insulation 
  • Waterproofing membranes: the options
  • Roof failures: consequences of ponding
  • Creating a drainage fall: Key issues and solutions in new and refurb projects
  • Introducing the XtraFall cut-to-fall System: from Design to Delivered schemes
  • Case study part 1
  • Critical Component: BRE approved U-value and condensation risk analysis
  • Case study part 2
  • Technical support/Technical Approvals
  •  Conclusion

Trainer's profile

Emmanuel Bourdin B.Chem.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D., MBA has over ten years experience in providing CPD seminars approved by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Glass and Glazing Federation in the specification of construction and civil engineering products and services. Emmanuel has been working as specification sales manager in the Irish insulation industry since 2007. 

Course duration

The seminar is 45 minutes long plus Q&A.

Assessment & certification

CPD Hours

Who should attend

The seminar is aimed at engineers and designers looking for a cost effective and quality assured design service and range of products to create effective drainage and insulation on flat roofs.