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Warmer homes: Whole house plans

EnerPHit retrofit plan

Blog outlining the importance of developing a ‘whole house plan’ before you begin any refurbishment work.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: 4 key principles for energy efficient refurbishments

Examples of thermal bridges

Blog outlining the essential principles of low energy retrofits (Insulation, Airtightness, Continuity of insulation; Ventilation) and how all four need to be considered to avoid any ‘unintended consequences’.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: Where do I start?

Warmer Homes image

The first of a ‘Warmer homes’ blog series offering guidance to householders wanting to improve the energy efficiency, warmth and comfort of their homes.

4th January 2019

Passivhaus in the UK: ending the policy vacuum

Why point to Passivhaus - Vancouver City presentation at UKPHC18

Blog on the UK Passivhaus Conference 2018 looking at ways in which local authorities are already taking up the Passivhaus low energy building standard and outlining future opportunities in the UK.

14th November 2018

Kirkburton Passivhaus: Making Passivhaus cost-effective

Kirkburton Passivhaus Floor detail

Blog on our latest newbuild Passivhaus project in the Kirkburton area of Huddersfield. The project is a further evolution of our cavity wall Passivhaus projects at Denby Dale and Golcar. As our knowledge and experience has grown, we’re tweaking our techniques and simplifying detailing to help with ‘value engineering’ and keeping the project on budget.

23rd August 2018

Why loft hatches matter

Thermal image of an uninsulated loft hatch

Loft hatches are often ignored during energy efficient renovations and retrofits. Blog outlining the importance of getting airtightness and insulation right around loft hatches.

18th July 2018

MVHR DOs & DON’Ts: Ducting

MVHR and ducting at Golcar Passivhaus

Blog outlining why Green Building Store’s MVHR Design service prefers rigid spiral wound steel ducting for its MVHR heat recovery ventilation systems.

13th June 2018

Understanding windows: U values, Psi values & g values

U values Psi values windows

Blog from Green Building Store Director Chris Herring helping understand some fundamental principles of window performance.

2nd May 2018

Reflections on the 2018 International Passivhaus Conference

IPHA meeting at International Passivhaus Conference 2018

Blog on #iphc18 conference in Munich featuring the lowering cost of Passivhaus, the exponential growth of Passivhaus in China, climate change and much more.

14th March 2018

Guest blog: Training for retrofits

Carbon Coop Retrofit Training

The importance for retrofit training – one builder describes how Carbon Coop training helped him get to grips with undertaking energy efficient retrofits.

12th March 2018

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