Adaptavate launch ultra-breathable plaster primer companion product to Breathaplasta

Breathaplasta might well be the best lime plaster that money can buy (and the easiest lime plaster to use), but even the very best need a helping hand occasionally and that’s why we’ve launched our plaster primer (grip coat) product.

Adaptavate Grip Coat is a universal plaster primer suitable for all substrates and has a granulated formulation to offer a helping hand on those difficult and particularly smooth surfaces. It is intended to be rollered or painted on to areas that would benefit from an ultra-breathable, natural grip coat to provide better adhesion for the application of Breathaplasta.

Adaptavate Grip coat is a healthier alternative to standard primer and is preservative-free, odour-free and has no toxic chemical emissions. Like all our products it is also ultra-breathable (vapour diffusion-open).

Adaptavate products are independently tested to the highest standards and are scientifically validated to ensure they are of a consistently high quality and offer our customers the very best performance on the market.

To find out more about Adaptavate Grip Coat, visit the products page of our website by clicking here.

To find your nearest stockist of Adaptavate products, visit the stockists page of our website by clicking here.


Adaptavate welcome new Research Assistant, Lana to growing team!

We’re very pleased to introduce the newest member to the Adaptavate team, Lana!

Lana looking good in her fresh Adaptavate overalls.

Joining our growing technical department, Lana comes to us directly from Bath University and brings with her an abundance of knowledge from five years studying for a master’s degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering as well as the extensive knowledge she’s gained as a Passivhaus designer. She also has the accolade of becoming the company’s first female team member! We hope she’ll set the trend for more to follow!

Welcome to the team, Lana…what is it that’s brought you to come and work at Adaptavate?

Hey! So I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and the environment and with my interest in buildings, what’s happening at Adaptavate seems right up my street!


An MSc in Civil and Architectural Engineering at Bath University and a Passivhaus designer, congratulations, that’s quite something! You must be really pleased. Do you think this sets you up well for your technical role here?

Already I’m seeing things that I’ve learnt about at university being used in practice, which is great and I really hope I’ll be able to contribute some knowledge!


You’re obviously interested in the Passivhaus standard. What appealed to you most about studying this and do you think this is the gold standard for construction in the UK?

I really like the fabric first approach and aim to minimise energy use, but for my ‘perfect building’ there’s definitely other things to consider such as material source and renewable energy use.


Passivhaus is well known for its super insulated, high-tech buildings. Do you think there is a place in there for natural materials and natural building technologies?

Yes, I think there is and I would really like to see more of a focus on this in the standard, so hopefully that will develop. With the endless benefits, to me it seems silly not to use natural products and technologies!


Joining our technical team, you’ll be working to develop the science behind our products to validate their high performance and get them to market . What does a normal day look like to you?

So far I’ve been doing a mix of desk based research and report writing as well as more hands on making and testing. It’s a bit of a mix and I feel that no day will be the same, which is great!


Now for a few fun questions…        


We hear you’re soon off to France for a well-deserved post-study break! What holiday outdoor adventures have you got planned?

I think there’ll be lots of walking, kayaking and river swimming. And probably wine tasting too!


So, you’re clearly into your outdoor activities…do you play any sports too?

I like to go running and attempt at playing tennis


And you’re clearly into travelling…what’s been the best place you’ve travelled to so far?

Probably the Philippines, which was absolutely beautiful. Not just the beaches, but the mountains too. Diving was the best bit – I was lucky enough to dive in shipwrecks and this was just incredible.


Holiday snaps…the mountains and the beaches in the Philippines.


And if you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Nepal and India are next on my list!


What other interests do you have?

I really love cooking and am a big festival fan.


Favourite food/dish?

Anything with eggs is delicious!


Favourite film?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I saw Ladybird recently and loved it, so that’s at the top of my list for now.


Bringing Breathaplasta to the Benelux

Adaptavate are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with a forward thinking building materials company serving the Benelux region consisting of the three neighbouring countries of Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Adaptavate have signed an exciting agreement for Eco-Makelaar to be the main distributor of the Breathaplasta product in the growing market of the Benelux region.

Eco-Makelaar is a building materials supplier that is looking to the future. They are a company that shares a similar vision to Adaptavate and are driven by the need for us to create healthier and more sustainable living and working spaces. Eco-Makelaar is guided by the cradle to cradle principle and recognises the huge positive impact we can all have on our health and the environment by smarter sourcing of our building materials.

Richard de la Roy, owner of Eco-Makelaar said “it is vital that our building industry becomes more sustainable and more innovative and Eco-Makelaar is playing a leading role in this. We are guided by the cradle to cradle principles and working with bio based building materials closely aligns with this. Solving condensation and moisture problems and preventing mould growth is a big issue, not only in the UK and bio based materials are a simple and healthy solution for retrofit and new build alike. We see a lot of potential for Adaptavate products in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. They are a perfect fit for the circular economy, our common future”.

“It is an exciting period of growth  for Adaptavate”, Tom, Managing Director of Adaptavate said. “We have taken Breathaplasta from an idea on a building site to a fully operational supply chain and a product manufactured under ISO 9001 and sold in around 20 outlets across the UK. We have identified the Benelux region as an important market for Breathaplasta and one where the product can have significant social and environmental impact and sizeable commercial growth. We are excited to partner with Eco-Makelaar in this region – here’s to a successful partnership”!

If you have an enquiry for Richard, you can contact him using the details below.

Online: www.eco-makelaar.eu

Email: info@eco-makelaar.eu

Tel: +31 (0)478 51 16 03

Post: Lidwinahof 16, 5801 JW Venray, Netherlands








Adaptavate welcome new Research Technician, Jamie to growing team!

Adaptavate extend a warm welcome to Jamie Parry, our Research Technician and newest member of the growing team. We caught up with Jamie to find out a little more about him and discover why he’s chosen to work at Adaptavate.

Welcome to the team, Jamie! What’s brought you to come and work at Adaptavate?

I worked in the construction and landscaping industry for 10 years and recently decided to upskill. I’m currently studying for a BSc in Biosciences at the University of the West of England alongside working at Adaptavate. I’m particularly interested in biotechnology and biomimicry, especially regarding their facility in the construction industry.

Given my interest in biomaterials, my experience in the construction industry and my desire to make a positive contribution to the environment, Adaptavate was an obvious choice!


Your new role is in the technical team at Adaptavate – what are you currently working on?

We are currently preparing boards for a suite of structural tests. This means I get to be very hands on and practical which suits me perfectly – much better than sitting behind a desk!


What is a typical day like in your new role?



OK, now for some personal questions! What excites you outside of work – what do you do for fun?

Outside of work I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as climbing, caving, wild swimming and hill walking. I’m also an avid reader and a keen gardener.


Adventurous! What about music, what’s your favourite band/artist?

I like Jimi Hendrix, but also Ludovico Einaudi or possibly Mozart.


Best concert or gig you’ve ever been to?

Ludovico Einaudi or Rolling Stones.


Favourite film?

Inglorious Basterds

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

Ystradfellte in south Wales. Birds and beasts, caves and crags, waterfalls and woods. Awesome.





And if you could go anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Svalbard, Ural Mountains or the Centre of the Earth!


We are hiring a new Research Technician!

As part of the next exciting phase of Adaptavate’s technical development, we are searching for a Research Technician to support our Technical Manager in the development of Breathaboard and other exciting product projects at Adaptavate.

Please look at the Job Specification (below) and if you are interested, or know someone who may suit this role, then please contact Jeff on jeff@adaptavate.com or call 01453 827800.

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Tom speaking at the International Board Conference 22nd-23rd January 2018.

It is exciting times at Adaptavate, a new year and a fresh energy is around Unit 10 with many exciting projects and developments for 2018. This week has seen confirmation of Tom speaking at the International Board Conference 2018 at Hallam Conference Centre in London. The Conference and Exhibition will be looking at global market trends in boards and panel systems, at the latest advances in production technology and at how producers can add value to their products worldwide.


When we caught up with Tom, he said “being a speaker at a mainstream international event such as this further supports the large scale application of Breathaboard in the International market.  It is really exciting to be able to talk to the large players in the industry as we search for the right industrial production partners across the global market.’




Tom will be talking about the performance benefits of Breathaboard, the low-energy, scalable production process  and the favourable market conditions that make this an attractive innovation in the building materials industry. This is especially important at a time where countries are reassessing their agendas and policies around resource use and recycling of materials such as plastics.

Tom finished by saying ‘I can’t wait to share the forward-thinking work we have been doing on Breathaboard and bio-materials with the audience – we are ready to find a large-scale production partner to realise the benefits of Breathaboard that we have been developing over the last 3 years. Its exciting times!’

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