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With the extreme heat we are experiencing there are many people who’s homes and offices are getting extremely hot, not giving them anywhere to escape the record high temperatures that are becoming the norm in our summers. Many of those buildings are modern, ‘well insulated’ buildings that are quite comfortable in winter but offer little protection from heat in the summer. This significantly impacts the health of elderly and vulnerable occupants and so is vital to address.
We regularly get asked whether it is possible to mix wood fibre insulation with synthetic insulation, to save on cost and give a lower U-value for a given thickness but to try and retain some of the benefits of wood fibre.
We often get asked what is the best thickness of insulation to use when considering solid wall insulation and also whether internal or external insulation is best.
EPD’s are a uniform way to evidence the environmental impacts of manufacturing and using a product through a Life Cycle Analysis or LCA. This enables us to assess the embodied carbon associated with any particular construction, make comparisons between materials and therefore reduce the environmental impact of construction.
To discuss your project give us a call on 01392 861763 Useful People, Links & Design Tools We’re always on the lookout for design tools, links and expert insights we can use to help our clients build sustainably with confidence. Here we’ve included a categorised...
We’re excited to be working on an innovative EU funded project looking at recycling duvets and other synthetic bedding fibres.
In spite of coming from a background of building with clay (cob construction) I have only recently re-visited how this extremely abundant and very sustainable material can help us in the retrofitting of buildings.
Buildings that aren’t straight forward to insulate are something we work on a lot! There are millions of so called ‘hard to treat’ buildings across the UK which require thermally upgrading to improve the living conditions within them and also to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from them.
We all owe a great deal of thanks to the likes of Greta Thunberg and the millions of children and young adults that have finally started bringing many of us to our senses and waking up to the reality of human induced climate change.
In this article we discuss the effect of fire on synthetic insulation materials rather than natural fibres such as wood fibre, as the impact of these products is a relatively recent phenomenon.
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We offer dynamic heat and moisture modelling as well as condensation risk analyses.
Back to Earth is a natural building material supplier. We're not your typical builders' merchant though and instead work closely with our clients during the planning, designing and building phases of projects.
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