Final Friday Five

Final Friday Five

In our quick catch up of five highlights of the month, the issues raised cover the performance gap, Passivhaus and retro-fitting insulation.

Quality and quantity

Earlier this month, Deloitte Real Estate’s Jon Lovell asked whether the push for housing growth is suppressing the industry’s focus on quality and sustainability. Read the details here.

We need a revolution in industry to solve the performance gap

Last week we talked about the performance gap in ductwork , but this is a wider issue throughout the construction industry; Sunand Prasad, Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Penoyre & Prasad has discussed his view on how this should be addressed on the opinion section of the UKGBC website. Take a look at the article here.

Why is the number of Passivhaus Standard Buildings Increasing?

This video from the Passivhaus Trust takes a look at why Passivhaus building are on the rise in the UK, getting views from industry experts (including Kingspan). It also asks the question about what can be done to continue this trend. Well worth a watch and if you want to find out more about Passivhaus, take a look at our blog series on the Passivhaus Standards.

Making Moregeous Mansions toasty and warm from the inside out

At Moregeous Mansions, Sian and her team are renovating an old property and in this blog post she looks at the importance of insulation and the difference it can make to a property. As this is a subject close to our hearts, we were delighted to see her photos about how she has insulated it. Take a look here.

New label for UK homes could transform buying, renting and housebuilding

An interesting blog post from Jo Smit on Build Positive, which discusses the home performance label being developed by housing industry body The Housing Forum. Taking a look at the benefits of the scheme and some results from the pilot study it suggests that this could have a positive impact on the market. .

As a bonus we’d like to share with you the UK GBC’s Sustainability Journey feature for this month. We were delighted to feature on this and recommend you take a read of this and the other Sustainability Journey’s that they have featured.


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