Final Friday Five
In this month’s round up of key stories we are looking at competitions, government announcements, publications and the value of space.
Earlier in the month we attended the 2015 Passivhaus Trust Awards. It was great to be able to support the Small Projects Category and we saw a lot of amazing projects. Congratulations to @Mark_J_Siddall for winning the small project category with Steel Farm. We’ve talked about the benefits of Passivhaus previously on the blog, but if you’ve been considering it and want to know more about how the standard can be applied in case studies, this is an excellent place to start. The video below is just one segment of a three-part documentary series on www.passivhaussecrets.co.uk.
Keeping on the subject of competitions we were impressed by the six projects on the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist which was announced recently, especially as half of the projects have used Kingspan Kooltherm products. There is a lot more information about all of the projects on architecture.com/StirlingPrize and we’d recommend a visit to look through all the details that have gone into these exceptional buildings.
In our round up of stories from the month we usually like to keep it to new articles but there are a couple of publications that have be produced this month that we have to include as they are both really rather good. Firstly is @ZeroCarbonHub Builders’ Book to improve performance of new homes, which you can find on their website at www.zerocarbonhub.org, and the second is the Best practice guide to solid wall insulation launched by @INCASecretariat.
The final topic which has been of key importance this month is the announcements made by the government, and the construction industry’s response, with the scrapping of the Green Deal, and the axing of the Zero Carbon standards in the ‘Fixing the Foundations’ report. Our response to the report is here and we look at the implications of axing Zero Carbon Homes in 2016 on our blog here.
From the budget, where there was no mention of energy efficiency, industry has reacted with concern to the Government’s policy changes, which seem to suggest that improving the energy performance and sustainability of new buildings is not a priority. We’ve signed the UKGBC’s letter urging the Government to reconsider zero carbon targets and there is a good article about the scrapping of the Green Deal on building.co.uk.
Real Value of Space
Finally if you’ve ever wonder if you get what you pay for with insulation then take a look at our ‘Real Value of Space’ blog series which takes an in depth look at a new study from Sweett Group. The study looks specifically at the impact of using a premium performance wall insulation solution in commercial properties, compared to a cheaper and poorer performing insulation. As you might expect, the cheaper insulation resulted in walls which were up to 80 mm thicker. The real question however, is how much floor space can actually be unlocked by opting for a premium solution, and perhaps more importantly, what is the real value of this space? Find out more at Real value of Space.
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