Mick George

The Sustainability and Resource Awards – Winners Shortlisted Once Again

The annual Sustainability and Resource Awards held by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) is firmly insight, with the ceremony set to take place in early November at the Grosvenor Square Marriot hotel, London. The Sustainability and Resource Awards  are long-standing and well-respected, given for outstanding achievement in the...
Saint-Gobain

How Passive House Is Boosting Construction Industry

The drive for low and zero carbon buildings and the supporting legislative changes are resulting in the need to improve the knowledge and technical capabilities of the construction industry as a whole. Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director for Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, explains how the industry can build itself...
Kingspan

Staying On Top Of Heat Loss

Having gone through another chilly winter, many of us will now count the cost with a sizeable heating bill landing on the door step. Rather than accepting this annual ritual, now is the time to get pro-active and to look at ways of cutting heat loss down to size....
Kingspan

Keeping Out the Cold

The winter chill has finally set in and for owners of older, solid walled properties, the effects will be particularly keenly felt. Just 3% of these properties are insulated in the UK according to the latest Government statistics leaving owners with an unenviable choice of digging deep into their...
Saint-Gobain

Passivhaus Tradesperson Course

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has announced the launch of its Passive House Tradesperson Course, enabling tradespeople to gain international accreditation for one of the world’s most efficient energy standards. Delivered by experienced personnel from the Passive House Academy in partnership with Saint-Gobain, the next course will be run from 5th...
Kingspan

Think Modern

For many years, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) have been the product of choice where thermal performance and construction predictability are an absolute priority. The highly insulated panels can be installed in a matter of weeks, kick-starting a project and creating a building shell which is highly airtight and has...
Celotex

Is fabric first the key to achieving zero carbon standard?

When the UK government committed to ensuring all new homes built from 2016 be ‘zero carbon’, the aim was to cut emissions and energy bills for householders and push the country closer to meeting its low carbon commitments. The standard may be a far cry from its original vision,...
Kingspan

Take to the floor

Whilst ground floors often act as a key source of heatloss from properties, the thicknesses of traditional insulation required to effectively address this often makes refurbishment both impractical and costly. Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) offer an extremely thin, optimum performance solution which can reduce digging down and avoid compromise...
Kingspan

Flying the Flag

At long last, the Approved Documents L to the Building Regulations for Wales (ADL 2014) have come into force. Much like the English Approved Documents, they bring a renewed focus on building fabric performance; however there are also several noticeable differences between the two Documents, both for domestic and...
Kingspan

Straightforward compliance with SIPs

In our April Special Report we looked at a simple approach to achieving compliance with Approved Document L1A (ADL1A) to the Building Regulations, by insulating masonry constructions beyond the level outlined in the 2013 Notional Dwelling Specification. However, when undertaking any new building work it is worth looking beyond...

Retrofitting to the Next Level

Solid walled properties make up almost 30% of Britain’s housing stock and with many of these dwellings built long before limiting CO2 emissions became a concern, they are often draughty and poorly insulated. The simplest method of improving the building envelope performance of these properties is to install external...

An overview of the latest changes to Approved Documents L

For domestic new build, Approved Document L1A (ADL1A) 2013 requires an aggregate uplift of 6% over 2010 standards, and for non-domestic new build, ADL2A is looking for an aggregate 9% improvement.  Refurbishment remains largely untouched, although there are some improvements to building services on the non-domestic front in ADL2B.   These...

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