Services for a warmer, Low Energy home

Home Insulation Plan
A detailed look at what could be done to improve the warmth and comfort of your house. How much insulation do you need? We do energy calculations in PHPP for reliable answers. How much will it cost? Indicative costs of 3 options are given (using AECB REALcosting software, available from us).

Solving existing problems
Moisture Survey – to identify rising damp, rain moisture
Temperature and RH Logging – to identify condensation and mould risk
Inspection Camera – check inside cavity walls and floors using a 10mm hole
Thermal Camera Surveys – check for missing insulation and thermal bridges
U-value and Thermal Bridge calculations – is there enough insulation?
Buying a house? – check suitability for retrofit

Architectural drawings
For planning, Building Regs and construction. As a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Tim produces drawings in Revit to meet Building Regs.

Passive House Design
The UK has hundreds of Passive Houses. Tim has been a certified Passive House Designer for 5 years and works on new build houses, retrofit and Garway Community Centre.

Integrated solutions and risk management

Moisture risks are the biggest technical complication with retrofits, particularly with internal insulation and traditional buildings. They can be managed and in many cases almost completely eliminated with good design. Thermal bridges can be reduced or avoided around windows and other junctions. If ignored however, they can lead to condensation, mould and rot which can be a health risk. Choosing safe constructions and materials requires expertise.

Our software, REALcosting has a library of thermal bridges and we also calculate modifications using THERM. This can make a significant difference because they contribute to the estimate of heating savings. Tim has done over 70 thermal bridge calculations, his work has been checked and he has also had his calculations tested.

Stack up multiple benefits

The obvious benefit is comfort, the home will be easier to heat, but there are others too which may slightly change your approach:
● save energy and protect yourself from future price rises
● reduce fossil fuel impact on the environment
● make use of grants that may be available in your area
● combine with necessary repairs
● improve the appearance
● make your home more healthy by making it warmer, with better air quality and eliminating mould
● make it quieter, triple glazing reduces road, train or aircraft noise
● retrofits are free or cheaper than the existing house when these co-benefits included

Reviewing your options

Many home owners, when interviewed about the retrofit afterwards, would have done it slightly differently. Tim Martel filmed interviews with home owners who had retrofitted for Transition Stroud in May 2017. You may be eager to start and keen to save every penny, the best way to do that is to plan ahead with expert help. Insulation for walls can be internal or external. It’s also important to be aware of the costs associated with your choices so you can get the best result for your budget and circumstances.

See also the AECB Low Energy Building database selecting Build Type of “Refurbishment”
Superhomes examples