Final Friday Five
Can you believe we’re a third of the way through 2016? So much has happened this month, but here’s our pick of the bunch for April’s Final Friday Five.
Homebuilding & Renovating Show
Firstly, thank you to everyone who visited our stand at this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show. We hope you enjoyed learning all about the TEK Building System and trying your hand at our U-Value Calculator.
In case you missed it, here’s three things you might not know about the TEK Building System:
- The structural insulated panels, or SIPs, are available in two thicknesses – 142mm and 172mm.
- It can achieve whole wall and roof U-values of 0.016 W/m2.k or better with no additional insulation.
- A very air-tight structure makes it perfect for Passivhaus design, talking about which…
This NBS article helpfully highlights the defining characteristics of a Passivhaus. It also points out the benefits that can be achieved by building to Passivhaus standard, which include reduced energy bills and maintenance costs.
Passivhaus design is something we are really passionate about here – as evidenced by our dedicated blog series on the subject – which is why we were especially pleased to see that a set of 80 ‘extra care’ apartments are to be built to the standard right on our doorstep in Herefordshire.
Over the past month we’ve experienced snow, sleet and hail – a rather varied April Showers to say the least!
Unfortunately this unpredictable British weather can lead to damp problems, especially in solid wall properties where moisture – whatever its form – can soak through and leave unsightly brown stains on plaster or wallpaper.
However, as there are a number of causes for damp – from plumbing leaks to condensation – how can you be sure of its origin?
This useful article by Period Living helps to identify the causes of damp, and provides a number of solutions of how to combat it – for example, by improving ventilation, reducing emissions of water vapour and ensuring wall surfaces are well insulated.
Earlier this week, the House of Lords voted against the government’s controversial decision to remove Zero Carbon Homes from its Housing & Planning Bill. It will now go back to the House of Commons, where the amendment will be debated before a decision is made.
While it is entirely possible that the amendement will be rejected, and the government will continue to push for its removal, for the moment the door has reopened for Zero Carbon Homes.
Thanks to On The Tools for this ‘Man with Board vs Wind’ video, featuring one of our very own Kooltherm boards.
Just FYI – we’ve never advised installing insulation in gale force winds…!
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