SIPs – A Retro-Fit Route

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Arguably one of the greatest challenges Britain faces when attempting to reduce its carbon emissions is the vitality of its existing building stock.

Estimates from the Chartered Institute of Building have suggested that 70% of the buildings constructed before … Read the rest

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Keeping cool, while staying warm

summer heat in the city, shown on mercury thermometer in front of the window, with a 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) and the Sun in the back. photo is taken with DSLR camera.

Careful attention to building design is essential to meet the challenges of warmer summers, while also reducing the amount of energy that we use during the colder times of the year…

Homes are constructed to higher standards, with improved levels … Read the rest

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Why are counter battens used in pitched roofs?

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Have you ever wondered why you’ve needed to have counter battens in your roof build up, or questioned whether they are worth the extra cost? Well they’re more important than you might think. Let us talk you through it.

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The ‘Why’ Behind Lower Lambda Insulation

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As the UK construction industry shakes off the effects of the recession and gathers momentum once again, there are three compelling reasons to re-prioritise the thermal efficiency of our buildings: climate change, energy security, and energy affordability. With these in… Read the rest
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SIPs – A High Performance Cladding Solution

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Last year, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors revealed that the number of European commercial properties carrying a sustainability certification mark increased by 64% in the period 2013 to 2015. In the UK alone, 2,422 properties were BREEAM certified with… Read the rest
Date: July 8, 2016
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SIPs – The History of a Truly Modern Method of Construction

SIPs - The History
“Little pig, little pig, let me come in…”

British children learn to fear alternative construction methods at an early age, courtesy of the tale of the three little pigs. Whilst hungry wolves aren’t exactly a concern for most UK homebuyers, … Read the rest

Date: July 5, 2016
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The difference between generic & specific Green Guide Ratings

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2016 has already been a busy year for our technical staff, with work well underway to support the updating of our Environmental Profile in a new round of product lifecycle assessments (LCAs).

This is just the latest step in a … Read the rest

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Cavity Walls: The Future

Cavity walls: Kooltherm K106 Lower Lambda
Back in 2011, the RIBA carried out an extensive survey of modern homes and homebuyers’ opinions towards therm.

The report showed that for people who would consider purchasing a new-build home, energy efficiency was the most important benefit, whilst for … Read the rest

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Final Friday Five

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Brexit. What now?

Yesterday the UK took to the polls to decide whether we should leave or remain in the European Union. This morning it was announced that we, as a nation, have decided to leave.

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Cavity Walls: The Present

Insulating a cavity wall with Kingspan Kooltherm
Thermal performance is the fundamental building block of the modern cavity wall.

Whether you’re looking to build a Passivhaus property, or simply meet Building Regulation / Standard requirements, achieving the correct U-value for the external wall is absolutely critical.

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