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NEW Training Course - Low Energy Retrofits

Retrofitting thermal insulation in buildings presents a unique opportunity to significantly reduce heat losses, improve comfort and reduce fuel bills.  This new training course will provide a unique opportunity to see the latest developments in low energy retrofits.  The course also covers Passivhaus and Enerphit principles and provides guidance on how to optimise specifications to offset condensation risk.  

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Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Solitex Plus Connect - Diffusion Open Roofing Underlay

One of the most significant factors required to maximize the energy efficiency of a roof, particularly when insulation follows the pitch of a roof, is to ensure that it is sealed both airtightly internally with a suitable vapour control layer such as INTELLO PLUS and wind tightly externally with a suitable diffusion open membrane such as SOLITEX PLUS CONNECT.  pro clima

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Posted on Monday, 25 July 2016

Wind Tightness - The Missing Link In Thermal Performance

Fintan Wallace (Architectural Technologist & Certified European Passivhaus designer/tradesperson) from Ecological Building Systems UK Ltd discusses
the importance of Fintan Wallace Ecological Building SystemsWind Tightness in ensuring a roof build up delivers its designed thermal performance.

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Posted on Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Ask The Expert - Insulating a Roof

At the design stage, whether detailing a new build or retrofit, externally insulating a roof can be the most effective option to  upgrade thermal performance. This is especially pertinent if there is a living space in the roof.     

A local Architect asked the following questions regarding this subject recently: 

Why Should I Consider Specifying External Insulation on a Roof?

 

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Posted on Thursday, 19 May 2016

Ask The Expert - Thermally Upgrading Suspended Floors

Suspended floors are one of the leakiest and thermally inefficient elemetns of the fabric of older buildings, particularly where there are gaps between old floorboards.Upgrading Suspended Floors
 
While it is desirable to reduce heat loss in this area, one should take care that an improvement in thermal performance does not lead to condensation risk and moisture induced problems in the long term.  

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Posted on Wednesday, 4 May 2016