Choppards Mill radical retrofit: Planning for a heat pump


How it all began This project is an unusual one for us in several respects. Usually, most of our building retrofit clients come to us and we discuss the merits …

4th November 2022

Mill office radical retrofit: A ‘box within the box’

Heath House Mill retrofit

Green Building Store’s building team is undertaking a retrofit of a mill building to turn it into an energy efficient and comfortable office space. Read the first blog on the project, outlining the ‘box within a box’ timber frame strategy.

1st March 2022

Marsden bungalow radical retrofit: The timber frame roof

Solitex Plus and Solitex WA windtight membranes

As described in our previous blog, the timber frame upper storey was connected to our masonry ground floor, We worked closely with timber frame manufacturer SMS Timber Frame, a local …

3rd February 2022

Installing windows in energy efficient retrofits

Airtightness detailing around PROGRESSION window at Denby Dale Passivhaus

Blog outlining strategies to minimise thermal bridging and maximise airtightness when installing windows in energy efficient retrofit projects

7th January 2021

UK Passivhaus conference 2020


Members of the Green Building Store team share their thoughts and reflections on the 2020 online UK Passivhaus conference.

3rd December 2020

Tips for successful selfbuild and retrofit projects

Architectural plans

Every year we support and supply hundreds of building projects around the UK. We have accumulated a huge amount of experience of what makes a successful selfbuild or retrofit project. Here we share some tips which we hope will help your project be as successful as possible.

5th November 2020

Holmfirth farmhouse radical retrofit: Window detailing

PROGRESSION triple glazed timber window with GRP cladding at Holmfirth radical retrofit project

Blog by Green Building Store Director Bill Butcher outlining the window installation detailing on our Holmfirth deep retrofit project.

1st October 2020

Cut the VAT on retrofit 

Spraying Diathonite into first floor wall junctiom

Green Building Store is lending its voice to campaigns to cut VAT on retrofit building work. In this blog we look at the environmental and economic arguments for cutting VAT for retrofits and feature two campaigns calling on the UK Government to act.

20th March 2020

Step-by-step: Suspended timber floors

Detailing for suspended ground floor for West Yorkshire Victorian mid-terrace house.

How-to guide to insulation and airtightness strategies for a suspended timber floor. Advice on how to access the floor, from both below and above, with a list of the airtightness products needed to complete the project.

13th December 2019

Guest blog: Tips for a radical retrofit

Before and after photos of Paul Testa's own radical retrofit project

After carrying out an extensive retrofit of his own home, Paul Testa, from Paul Testa Architecture, discusses the benefits of retrofitting and the key things to consider before you start.

3rd September 2019

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