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Roof Refurbishment Renovation pro clima WUFI study
Whether one wishes to retrofit existing buildings or optimise the thermal performance of new buildings, it is essential not only to consider improvements in thermal performance, but also, how modern building materials interact with existing structural elements.
Ecological have pioneered advanced support and guidance for specifiers for over 12 years now using the advanced dynamic hygrothermal modelling programmehe WUFI. WUFI is a useful decision support tool which allows users to interpret the hygrothermal impacts of a range of thermal solutions on the building fabric. pro clima have pioneered Inteliigent Airtightness and Vapour control solutions in both new constructions and retrofits for decades.
In 2011 pro clima published an in-depth analysis of the impact of retrofitting existing roofs externally with a range of natural (such as GUTEX woodfibre and THERMO HEMP) and synthetic insulation materials and membranes. With the array of complexities which can often arise in roof retrofits, this study is more relevant today than ever before. Their study provides detailed guidance with regard to the thermal refurbishment of roofs with pro clima SOLITEX PLUS, DASAPLANO and INTESANA membranes.
This technical paper employs WUFI 1 dimensional and the more advanced WUFI 2 dimensional hygrothermal modelling program to analyse the impact of refurbishing existing roofs with a range materials.
The complete study may be downloaded from the following link: pro clima Roof Refubrishment WUFI Study
A complete range pro clima techincal details and drawings both in relation to roof retrofit and for new builds can be downloaded from the following link
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Ecological Building systems were delighted to attend this year UK Passivhaus awards ceremony. The prestigious event hosted by the Passivhaus trust now in its 5th year, was held in the Austrian embassy in London and celebrated some of the very best completed Pasivhaus buildings across the UK.
This year saw a diverse shortlist of certified Passivhaus projects across all three categories. From small-scale dwellings to large-scale social housing as well as the deep retrofit of 19th century terraced houses, this was a further indication of just how far the UK has come in recent years in the development of high performance low energy buildings.
At Ecological Building Systems UK we’ve a host of products to help build your PassivHaus building. Ecological are based in Cumbria and that’s why we’ve been pleased to help bring this video together with Eden Insulation so you can see what is happening in our county with PassivHaus.
We are pleased to officially confirm that the pro clima Intelligent Airtightness system, including the pro clima INTELLO PLUS intelligent airtightness and vapour control membrane, has met all the requirements set out by both the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and the NHBC. This compliments the existing Irish Agrément Certificate providing specifiers, installers and homeowners with unsurpassed reassurance.
BBA is the UK’s major authority, offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers, installers, construction products and systems. BBA certification is only awarded after systems or products have successfully passed a broad assessment involving laboratory testing, on-site evaluations and production inspections.
Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer with Ecological Building Systems comments: “Receiving BBA certification for the pro clima Intelligent Airtightness system reinforces the unsurpassed standards set by pro clima in the manufacture and delivery of durable airtightness solutions which are fit for purpose and last the lifetime of the building. pro clima have already received independent tests to confirm an expected lifespan for their tapes of at least 100 years. pro clima are pioneers not only in delivering Intelligent airtight solutions, but combining this with optimum protection against condensation and mould growth by utilising Intelligent membrane technology. Receiving BBA certification provides specifiers, engineers and homeowners with even more reassurance that the pro clima Intelligent Airtightness system will assist in delivering a robust airtight result.”
Attaining NHBC acceptance for the use of INTELLO PLUS will also prove most beneficial to homeowners, designers, timer frame manufacturers and installers.
During the assessment process pro clima INTELLO PLUS was evaluated in a range of constructions where INTELLO’s unique INTELLIGENT vapour control properties provide unsurpassed safety against condensation. This included unventilated flat roofs. The advanced hygrothermal simulation programme, WUFI, was used to carry out assessments in accordance with BS 15026, based on British climate data. BS EN 15026 defines the practical application of hygrothermal simulation software used to predict one- dimensional transient heat and moisture transfer in multi-layer building envelope components subjected to non steady climate conditions on either side. In contrast to the steady-state assessment of interstitial condensation by the Glaser method (as described in EN ISO 13788), transient hygrothermal simulation provides more detailed and accurate information on the risk of moisture problems within building components and on the design of remedial treatment. While the Glaser method considers only steady-state conduction of heat and vapour diffusion, the transient models covered in this standard take account of heat and moisture storage, latent heat effects, and liquid and convective transport under realistic boundary and initial conditions. The application of such models has become widely used in building practice in recent years, resulting in a significant improvement in the accuracy and reproducibility of hygrothermal simulation (BSI 2007).
In the development of the BBA certificate it became clear that there is still some confusion on the market in relation to airtightness and its relationship with vapour control. To assist in addressing this, Ecological Building Systems in conjunction with the BBA will be hosting a series of information briefings throughout the UK early next year. More details will be available on our website later this year.
We have amended our pro clima product portfolio to incorporate the BBA logo for INTELLO PLUS, please follow this link to access the new product portfolio.
The new BBA certificate can be downloaded from the following link: pro clima INTELLO PLUS BBA Certificate
In March 2007, Lothar Moll, director of pro clima and renowned international expert in the field of building physics, airtightness and intelligent vapour control, published a seminal 2 part technical article regarding airtightness in buildings in the Journal of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.
As airtightness is now a central part of our building regulations in both Ireland and the UK, we thought it timely to upload this 2 part feature.
For anyone interested in Airtightness and vapour control we highly recommend this 2 part feature. The articles may be downloaded from these links:
Senior Technical Engineer, BTech,MEngSc,MIEI, CEPHC
Ecological Building Systems Launch elka strong board
Ecological Building Systems are delighted to introduce an innovative new wood particle board, elka strong board, to Ireland and the UK.
elka strong board (esb), is a high performance diffusion open, structural, wood particle board. esb is suitable for external or internal use. The boards are intended for use in load-bearing structural elements in humid conditions and categorised as a P5 racking board in accordance with EN 312. elka strong boards are produced by Elka-Holzwerke, a wood particle board manufacture based in Germany.
elka strong boards were successfully introduced to the German timber and building materials trade in 2009.
The boards have considerably less risk of swelling compared to OSB3, a critical property in our humid climate. They also feature superior transverse tensile strength compared to OSB3 (approx. 40% more). This ensures superior screw and nail extraction properties. The bending strength and modulus of elasticity of esb boards are the same in both directions, unlike OSB boards, where the value is halved across the width. This in turn greatly simplifies the installation process and minimises the risk of errors on site.
The boards may be applied internally or externally and are compatible with diffusion open breathable wall and roof structures. With a µ value of only 24, elka strong boards are over 6 times more diffusion open in comparison to many OSB3 boards. This significantly increases the ability for walls and roofs to dry out in the event of unforeseen moisture entry. Due to the board’s exceptional low vapour resistance, they may be used as an internal racking board in conjunction with Intelligent Vapour Checks, such as INTELLO PLUS, without inhibiting the performance of the Intelligent membrane from a vapour diffusion perspective.
In recognition of its unique hygrothermal characteristics, elka strong boards material properties are also now included in the material database of the advanced hygrothermal software programme, WUFI (www.WUFI.de).
As the boards utilise exclusively virgin green wood chips from a neighbouring sawmill minimal processing is required. This ensures the boards are practically odourless due to their low VOC emissions, which in turn contribute to a healthy indoor climate.
The board may also be applied internally as a surface finish. Thanks to the board’s sanded and virtually sealed surface, this enables water-vapour-permeable varnishes, paints and adhesives to be directly applied.
The wood required to manufacture elka strong board is sourced from sustainably managed forests and the boards are PEFC, and CE certified.
More information or product samples may be requested on email@example.com
By Niall Crosson, BTech, MEngSc, MIEI, CEPHD
Senior Technical Engineer Ecological Building Systems