How to insulate a loft conversion

Loft conversion using Kingspan Kooltherm K118 Insulated Plasterboard A common method of improving a home is to add space and value by carrying out a loft conversion.

As well as adding an extra room to the house, a well-insulated conversion may also provide savings by reducing energy bills. … Read the rest

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How to deal with bats in refurbishment

Bats in Pembridge Spring officially starts today! So it’s a good time to start thinking about those home refurbishments you’ve been putting off this winter.

Perhaps you need to replace those damaged roof tiles, or insulate your loft space with our new Kooltherm Read the rest

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The ‘Fabric First’ approach to energy bill reduction

kingspan detailing lena gardens We’ve talked earlier on this blog about the 2016 Zero carbon targets and how likely these are to be mandated (or not).

Fitting more energy efficient boilers and radiators is a common method of trying to reduce energy … Read the rest

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How to close a cavity around window and door openings in a cavity wall

Thermabate on site When building a property to achieve high standards of thermal performance it is important that all elements are insulated correctly. One of the areas that is often not addressed properly when insulating a building is the openings around the doors… Read the rest
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Passivhaus Case Studies

100 Princedale Rd copyright Octavia Housing passivhaus retrofit Over the last few weeks we have looked at what the Passivhaus Standard is and why people are building to this standard.

Today the UK Passivhaus Conference 2014 is taking place and will be looking at how Passivhaus can be … Read the rest

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Can you fix insulated plasterboard to existing plastered walls?

K17 insulated plasterboard On a DIY forum the question was asked if it was possible to bond the Kingspan Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard to existing plaster, and if so what would be the best method.

This is something that we have been asked … 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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Passivhaus Retrofit and EnerPHit Standards

Lena Gardens Passivhaus retrofit Passivhaus standards, where buildings are constructed with high levels of insulation and low levels of heat loss, are not just used for new build projects; these standards can also be applied when refurbishing buildings or retro fitting buildings to create… Read the rest
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Achieving Passivhaus Status

Photo courtesy of Daniel Bobker at Thermal Inspections Ltd

Photo courtesy of Daniel Bobker at Thermal Inspections Ltd

In this part of our series of posts about the Passivhaus Standards we examine the exact requirements that are needed for a building to achieve Passivhaus status.

It seems appropriate that, … Read the rest

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Refurbishment hub: Do we need one?

Refurbishment of existing building Should the UK have a single refurbishment hub to ensure government and industry hears a single voice from all involved in the retrofit of buildings? This blog post explains what such a hub may look like.

There is no one … Read the rest

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