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Insulation and wall thickness

See also – How much insulation?

There is a peculiar and not instantly obvious relationship between wall insulation, population density and planning regulations and it may have a bearing on the type of wall construction you choose.

With increasing levels of insulation, the total thickness of a wall becomes an issue in relation to […]

Windows

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The supply chain for windows

If the UK is to meet the 2021 EPBDEnergy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is the EU directive that all new buildings shall be “Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings’ from 2021. standards then the window manufacturing industry will need to go through a minor revolution. Most companies […]

Designing with timber

timber house in the Field of Dreams, Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

designing with timber

Are the British inherently nervous of timber buildings? Does this go back to the Great Fire of London? Is this still valid considering how many […]

Window design

There are many purposes a window can serve and several of these have important ecological considerations:

Letting light in Collecting solar heat Providing a view Acting as a door The visual character of a house

Windows may have associated drawbacks to consider:

They may let in too much light at certain times Too much […]

Doors

Karen made this beautiful doorway in the attic of her house

Green issues concerning doors are mainly about their insulation values (for external doors) and the materials they are made from.

Good external doors are quite hard to source in the UK because we have had a poor tradition of insulating and draught proofing […]

Stonework

New buildings

As a building material, locally sourced (or possibly newly quarried), reclaimed stone may be a viable option but suffers from the drawback that stone itself has virtually no insulating value.

This can obviously be overcome by including sufficient insulation within the rest of the wall construction but it does tend to lead […]

How Much Insulation?

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“Fabric First”

It is very cheap and easy to build in wall insulation at the beginning of a self build project compared with the complicated job of adding more later. It is only a few decades ago that insulation was not bothered with at all (cavity walls only had cavities to stop […]

Building Regulations

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

The Regulations […]