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A detailed look at some of our more recent projects with an in depth look at some fabric designs insulation junction and airtightness work, also testing results and client testimonials.
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The project:            A low energy super retro-fit and extension, 
Location:                 Ideford, Devon
Technical designer:  Tom Foster (easy! ways to Eco Build)
Year:                       2010 


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This project was a true sustainable build, using timbers from the surrounding woodland. The existing 300 year old mill was upgraded with 200mm EPS EWI system that was extended down into the ground and up into the roof over the wall plate to connect to the roof insulation.

The new extension incorporated an insulated raft foundation with Tom Foster’s hybrid wall construction of 150mm timber frame with Osb3Smartply external sheathing and plasterboard internal full filled with Warmcell500 and externally bonded 150mm EPS70 counter batten and timber cladding.  IndicativeUvalue 0.14W/m2K

Roof construction is similar to walls with natural slatecover. Cold bridging was addressed by connecting seamlessly the outer layer of150mm EPS which also connect to the insulation from the foundations.

Windows and doors were Russel timber Tech triple glazed ecocontract





The project:            A low energy  extension, 
Location:                 Longwell Green, Bristol
Technical designer: Tom Foster (easy! ways to Eco Build)
Year:                      2012 


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This project tackled the problems of a restricted site with limited access.  An innovative timber foundation and timber frame super structure, less than 1/2m3 of concrete was used in the substructure to form leveling pads that supported reclaimed Jarrah crossing sleepers as foundation beams with timber joists and timber frame superstructure above.

The new extension incorporated an insulated foundation using 400mm of Leca expanded clay, with Tom Foster’s hybrid wall construction of 150mm timber frame with Osb3 Smartply external sheathing and plasterboard internal fulfilled with Warmcell500 and externally bonded 150mm EPS70 coated in Parex lightweight render system.  Indicative Uvalue 0.14W/m2K

Roof construction is similar to walls with corragated coated sheet cover. Cold bridging was addressed by connecting seamlessly the outer layer of150mm EPS which also connect to the insulation from the foundations.

Windows and doors were triple glazed UPVC





The project:             A low energy extension and complete overhaul of existing 300 year old cottage
Location:                 Cannington, Somerset
Technical designer:  Andrew Dodden (me)
Year:                       2012 


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This was our own family home, a 300 year old cottage requiring enlarging and upgrading.  The existing drafty, single glazed, solid stone cottage was full of character and charm but unbearably cold in winter and painfully expensive to heat.
So we planned a full retrofit project for the cottage and a large glassy extension.







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