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Why use natural fibre insulation if it is more expensive?

This is a question we are asked pretty regularly. Understandably, if you think that insulation is a one-dimensional issue then why indeed would you spend extra on anything but the cheapest, highest performing insulations available? As with everything in life … Continue reading

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Beyond Ecobuild

Ecobuild 2014 was great for us!! We had 3-400 people visit the stand over the three days and some of these people had very exciting projects that they want us to get involved with. They range from small extensions up … Continue reading

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Ecobuild

This year we will be attending the Ecobuild exhibition at ExCeL in London. It is, according to the organisers, the worlds largest sustainability exhibition and is also the UK largest building exhibition. We’ll be at stand S212/3 if you want … Continue reading

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We are ‘Go’ with ECO

Finally we have got the go-ahead to supply our first ECO scheme in Manchester that Carbon Co-Op have been involved in creating. They have canvassed local householders and created a group of 13 home owners whom will now have insulation … Continue reading

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Passivhaus carbon emissions

There is a perception that Passivhaus buildings use hardly any energy because of all of the insulation they contain. Whilst this construction standard provides unrivalled comfort and massively reduces the heat load required it does not necessarily mean the house … Continue reading

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Unger Licensing Course

Today (4th December) we’ve finished another very successful Unger licensing course. This is a two day course on all of our Unger-Diffutherm wood fibre insulation systems and was the first time we’ve used our new office for these events. Amazingly, … Continue reading

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Postscript

As an addendum to my last post I wanted to add a few things. The first being that the whilst the Silverton Passivhaus is an exceptionally well performing building the occupants are still consuming fairly large quantities of energy. This … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap/SAP – Go for Passivhaus

There is a gap between real energy consumption and consumption calculated by SAP (standard assessment procedure), known as the performance gap. In spite of this sometimes enormous gap it still used by the majority of engineers to size heating loads … Continue reading

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Thermal Mass

I was sent a very interesting thesis entitled ‘A Comparative Study of the Effects of Thermal Mass in New Dwellings in Scotland’ by Janice Foster. The paper researches how thermal mass affects overheating in buildings. Most people would intuitively say … Continue reading

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Sustainability in the Third World

I took part in a recent conversation about how to make more people aware of sustainability and renewable energy in Zambia. This is one of the more challenging and though provoking discussions I’ve had for a while as the culture … Continue reading

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