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Rockwool Cavity provides a completely reliable and cost-effective method of insulating new masonry cavity walls.
Price: £ 34.44
(£41.33 inc VAT)
EPS100 Jablite is an expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam board. EPS100 boards are suitable for applications requiring higher loadbearing capabilities - solid ground floors, roofs and basements of the building. Thermal conductivity - 0.036 W/mK.
Price: £ 87.25
(£104.70 inc VAT)
Knauf Moistureshield is a plasterboard manufactured specifically for use in areas of high humidity. The core formulation with silicone additive ensure the boards resistance to moisture. Thermal Conductivity - 0.24 W/mK.
Price: £ 17.81
(£21.37 inc VAT)
24 Apr 2018
It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of renovating your old home or building a new one, you should definitely think about the future first. In hopes that you will be spending many years in your home, you should try to make it more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Not only will that help the planet, but it will also help you save some money in the long run. Here are some renovation techniques that could help you.
Insulation is something that every home should have, as it affects not only the warmth of your home, but your energy bills too. The heat and cold that you generate inside your home so carefully shouldn’t escape easily, or you will have to air-condition your home even more and your bills will go through the roof. About half of your household’s entire energy consumption goes to heating and cooling which is why insulation is important. Mind the air leaks around your doors and windows and try to insulate not only your walls, but your attic as well. There are many types of insulation and you can choose the one that’s most convenient for you: sprayed foam, concrete blocks, rigid foam, etc.
Waterproofing your home is important when you live in areas where it rains often and where the rains are heavy, but it doesn’t mean that other people should wave off waterproofing as unnecessary. Waterproof your concrete joints with waterstops which will prevent water from passing through them. You can use flexible bunding to secure areas which are most likely to suffer severe damage in case of any leaks or spillages. Remember that even the smallest amounts of water or other fluids inside your home can cause problems with moisture, mold, and mildew, so waterproofing is a wise choice as it will keep your home safe and dry.
Another thing you should keep in mind is the materials you will be using for renovation. These days, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on quality sustainable construction materials such as plastic and glass, linoleum, and reclaimed wood, or even something a bit unorthodox such as bamboo or even cork. There are people who choose to build their homes using only natural materials such as bales of straw. Not only is this option more environmentally friendly, but the bales work well with plaster walls and offer amazing insulation.
Windows are incredibly important because they can help in energy preservation. Modern double-glazed windows are perfect for this because the extra pane of glass will help you keep more heat in your home during cold months. Because they maintain the temperature inside, the risk of condensation forming is much lower, as cold and warm air won’t be able to meet. Condensation is bad because it causes dampness and it can even start to smell after a while. In addition, double-glazed windows will also reduce the level of noise which means that you won’t hear traffic or your neighbors and you will be able to relax.
Luckily for us, technology has advanced so much that today we can live in homes more energy-efficient than anything our grandparents could possibly imagine. If you decide to renovate your home with energy preservation in mind, you should know which techniques you should choose in order to get the best possible results.