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WARM’s Office Finalist at PHT Awards 15

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

WARM’s Office Finalist at PHT Awards 15

We are delighted to share that our WARM Office is a finalist in the PHT awards 2015  ’retrofit category’.   The 2015 Awards aimed to celebrate the design and performance of Passivhaus in the UK, highlighting that Passivhaus can be used on any building type to create beautiful buildings that address health and well-being, energy efficiency, occupant comfort issues and demonstrate that Passivhaus can deliver successful retrofit solutions. You can read all the details about our submission at the PHT Awards page. Below is a short video about our Office in Plymouth. Enjoy it!...

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WARM new EnerPHit Office opening

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

WARM new EnerPHit Office opening

  We have just received certification for retrofitting our Office to the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard.    40% of EU carbon emissions come from heating or cooling buildings, and of course, we think that most people wanting to cut this significantly are working under the Passivhaus banner.  We thought the Green Party might agree. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Molly, our Green MEP, to Plymouth and we have invited her to unveil our EnerPHit plaque marking the first Passivhaus retrofit in Plymouth. Below are some pictures of the opening day with Molly:...

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MVHR: Emoncms.org open source logging – brilliant!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

MVHR: Emoncms.org open source logging – brilliant!

Just got the MVHR up and running before the cold weather hit.  Good job as I was starting to get really irritated with venting via open windows – I seem to get all the draughts to give others in the office the fresh air Anyway, now its been running for a week or two, I decided to get the open source emocms.org monitoring kit we asked John Canton to make up for us in our old office.  Plugged it all in and it worked!  Logging temps, humiditys , powers straight to the website.  Some pulses ( water, gas) too once we get the reed relays sourced. Profoundly grateful to all those who have put...

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Week 18: Wrapping Up with Insulation

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

Week 18: Wrapping Up with Insulation

This post was begun by Emma, enhanced by Liam and beefed up by Sally. The external insulation blocks have gone up really smoothly and the building is almost all covered now. At floor height an XPS (extruded polystyrene) block is used. A key piece of the whole build is yet to be put in: the MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery unit). This has been ordered and holes have been made in the wall to accommodate the intake and exhaust ducts. Preparing to move in Inside, the decoration is coming along and a usable office space is taking shape. Our moving in date is booked – we’ll be...

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Week 17: A Lick of Paint and Lots of Insulation

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

Week 17: A Lick of Paint and Lots of Insulation

Insulation is something we talk about a lot in relation to Passivhaus and EnerPHit – it’s a really key aspect to achieving the very low heating demand targets called for by the standards. At Admiral’s Hard our wall insulation is a type of expanded polystyrene (EPS) block that has been treated with graphite in order to improve its insulating properties.  This week the builders have been applying the blocks to the walls using a “muck”, in a way similar to putting up drywall using the dot-and-dab technique. It’s critical to the performance of the insulation that there are no gaps behind or...

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Week 15: Finishing internal works

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Warm EnerPHit office | Comments Off

Week 15: Finishing internal works

This week most of the effort has been in finishing off the internal works. Downstairs, floor insulation is going down in the hallway –it’s comprised of two layers of rigid foam insulation (80mm and 25mm).  Extra work was made this week when the decision was taken to open up under the stairs and remove the studwork – it turned out that one area was riddled with woodworm and so that had to be removed and the balustrade replaced. The 80mm layer going in. In the shop Eventually the shop floor will also have a layer of insulation. It seems that the cavity wall insulation and new windows are...

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