Staff training WARM style

Staff training WARM style 12 – Finishing touches…

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 12 – Finishing touches…

 The sun is shining, the pigs have cleared the brambles and the mud has solidified. No more excuses, it’s time to finish the outside. Fortunately the wood fibre insulation was still OK after 5 months despite the recommendations of only leaving it exposed for 2.     So in pictures, here we are doing the last bits of wood cladding, fascia and the external reveals around the window and door back in April. Ales and Rowan finishing the wood cladding on the south. Ales & Rowan finishing the East elevation with a helping hand from Amber. The window before installing the external...

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Staff training WARM style 11 – Moving in…

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 11 – Moving in…

While we were waiting for the electrics to be installed we spent a few cold, dark winter evenings up at the office doing some of the finishing touches to the interior. Taping up the roof joints with Tescon tape. This was then covered with a beam so was not on show. We spent a few evenings covering the joins between the panels with air tightness tape. We used two different brands, the first was Tescon no 1 tape left over from the Enerphit retrofit of the WARM office, this was very flexible and nice to work with. The second brand was a UdiSTEAM Tex Tape which came from the same company that we...

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Staff training WARM style 10… ‘Let there be light’ (and internet)

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 10… ‘Let there be light’ (and internet)

Once the window and door were fitted and all the insulation installed, we realised that if we had electricity and internet up at the office then Rowan could actually move in. Maybe he could move in before Christmas? I thought this would be the easy bit. You just get a really long extension lead and data cable out to the office right? Wrong – for many reasons. It took a long time and much indecisiveness and asking of opinions and Googling before we decided on a solution, partly because I am a mechanical engineer not an electrical engineer and partly because there wasn’t an easy/cheap...

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Staff training WARM style 9… Out of Africa

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 9… Out of Africa

Cladding… an area I hadn’t really paid much attention to. The difference between an Engineer’s and an Architect’s approach to designing a building? I figured we would just get some generic wood cladding like you see on most garden sheds when the time came. But then when I thought about it a bit more, I realised we’d spent all this time and money on avoiding thermal bridges and I was about to screw multiple times through all my insulation layers to hang my cladding. If this was a Passivhaus I would have just failed my heating target by introducing a multitude of point thermal bridges. In...

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Staff training WARM style 8… Room with a view…

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 8… Room with a view…

My last blog took us up to early September (almost as behind on my blogs as we are on finishing the office).  If you cast you minds back (or just read the previous blog), we had just finished the roof and had installed the sheep’s wool and wood fibre insulation on the north and west elevations. At this point we realised that we couldn’t continue until we had installed the window and door. I hummed and ha’d a lot about what window and door to get.  In the end we opted for a good quality double glazed PVC window & door from Rehau  (the cheap, impulse buy, B&Q door was duly returned)....

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Staff training WARM style 7… Feeling a bit Sheepish

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Staff training WARM style | Comments Off

Staff training WARM style 7… Feeling a bit Sheepish

  It may not have the best u-value in the world but I do like sheep’s wool, partly because it means you can get the whole family involved.    We have now completed two sides of the office, apart from the final cladding. We slightly compressed the sheep’s wool in the panels to ensure that there were no air gaps between the sheep’s wool and the wood fibre. This slightly reduces the performance of the sheep’s wool as it increases its density but is preferable to having large air gaps.     The sheep’s wool and wood fibre were very easy to work with. I was expecting much...

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