Internal wall insulation – field test

Internal wall insulation blog post The construction industry received an early Christmas present in mid-December when, after much delay, the Each Home Counts – Bonfield Review was finally published.

The review’s primary objective was to identify ways of ensuring energy efficiency and renewable energy measures … Read the rest

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Facades & Fire Safety: Performance Route – Going Big on Testing

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Performance based routes to fire safety compliance allow specifiers and installers to take a step back and really consider how an entire facade system would react in the event of a fire.

The performance criteria for these tests are included … Read the rest

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What’s the difference between FSC® and PEFC responsibly sourced timber?

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There are a number of schemes in place to not only protect the world’s forests now but to also ensure a responsible supply of timber for future generations. In this blog we will look at the two most prominent schemes … Read the rest

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Facades & Fire Safety: Under 18? It’s all about classes and cavities

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When deciding which route to take for fire safety compliance, one of the first things to check is how tall the building actually is, or more specifically, how far above ground level the top ‘habitable storey’ is. This is measured … Read the rest

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Premium Insulation Brings Fringe Benefits for Scots

Blog-6---Edinburgh The 68th Edinburgh Fringe Festival reaches its climax this week after another hugely successful season. The close of the festival next Monday also leaves precisely one month until the revisions to Section 6 (energy) of the Scottish Building Standards come… Read the rest
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Towards Nearly Zero Energy (non domestic) Buildings

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Non Domestic building standards are generally considered to be difficult to develop and address. The diversity and breadth of possible building types can be vast and as a result of this complexity, new standards get less attention and consideration compared Read the rest

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Meeting the Home Quality Mark

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BRE is developing a voluntary sustainability Home Quality Mark for new homes that will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace. It will recognise performance beyond minimum regulatory standards to provide increased quality and choice for the consumer…Read the rest

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When does Zero Carbon start? Is it 2016?

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We received the following query through a blog comment recently: “Please can you tell me more when the Zero carbon starts. Is it 2016 ?” Thinking about how to answer this one sent me off on a bit of a Read the rest

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The why, what and when of SAPs (Standard Assessment Procedures)

Thermographic image of wall Many people are familiar with EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates), which are a mandatory requirement for a property sold or rented. The work done in creating them starts even before a single brick is laid. The first step in creating an Read the rest
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Scottish Building Standards 2015 – Overview of Domestic Retrofits and Extensions

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The Scottish government released the 2015 building standards earlier this week, ahead of their implementation (from October 2015). This allows industry plenty of time to get to grips with the requirements. This blog post considers the changes to domestic retrofit Read the rest

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