Wood Fibre and Soundproofing News
70% Would Pull out of a Property Purchase due to Noisy Neighbours
Very interesting stats that 70% of people surveyed in the UK would pull out of a property deal if they realised they were going to be living next door to noisy neighbours. However this could be the ideal opportunity to look for a discount instead to cover the cost of very effective soundproofing. PhoneStar sound insulation can be used on walls, floors and ceilings and will hugely increase your quality of life by cutting out the noise from your neighbours. This survey was carried out by Populus on behalf of SellingUp.
How Water Moves Through Buildings
Water moves into, out of and over buildings in four different ways and all of these ways must be addressed in order to build a safe, dry and healthy building. As the last chapter says most commonly used insulation materials can actually restrict the ability of the building assembly to dry out. However Pavatex wood fibre thermal insulation is different because it allows the passage of water through the insulation itself and therefore out through the building envelope due to its vapour-open characteristics. However care must be taken when insulating the inside of solid walls that they are not over insulated.
Timber Buildings Are Cheaper and Cleaner – Why We Should Use Timber Rather Than Concrete and Steel
Building with wood consumes much less energy than using concrete or steel. For example, a wooden floor beam requires 80 megajoules (mj) of energy per square metre of floor space and emits 4kg CO2. By comparison, a square metre of floor space supported by a steel beam requires 516 mj and emits 40 kg of CO2, and a concrete slab floor requires 290 mj and emits 27kg of CO2.
North West Bicester is the UK’s First Eco Town and features Timber Framed Homes
Timber frame houses built from insulated panels constructed off site by Stewart Milne Timber Systems and craned into place will form the backbone of the UK’s first zero carbon eco town. Timber frame is the most energy-efficient material available and the each of the 393 homes in the initial development will have a zero carbon rating. The homes have been designed to be future proofed against climate change and rising temperatures.
Lifecycle Analysis Datasets for Timber Products
The aim of the Lifecycle Database project is to create a free online information hub which will contain all of the environmental and design data necessary to specify timber as a first choice material. In particular, it will focus on providing generic LCA datasets for key timber products used in the UK.
Barriers to House Building in Ireland
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in Ireland believes that many barriers to house building must be addressed if 80,000 housing units are to be built in urban areas by 2018 as recommended by the Housing Agency.
Energy Bill Revolution – Campaign for Warmer Homes & Lower Bills
A Campaign for Warmer Homes & Lower Bills in UK that is calling on the Government to use the money it gets from our carbon taxes to make our homes super-energy efficient – driving down our energy bills forever.
Home Renovation Incentive Guide in Ireland
New initiative from Irish government to refund 13.5% of the cost of home renovations costing between €4,405 and €30,000 excluding VAT, by way of income tax credit.
Part L Changes in England from April 2014
There will be some changes to Part L of the Approved Documents for Conservation of Fuel and Power
New Part E Proposed Amendments in Ireland
Environment Minister Phil Hogan has published the draft Building Regulations (Part E Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the associated draft Technical Guidance Document E – Sound (2014) for public consultation before 14 Feb 2014.