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Low-Energy Buildings – Training Day for Professionals

Denby Dale Passivhaus at dusk-webProfessionals Training Day: Passivhaus-inspired Low-energy Building | Airtightness & Insulation | Timber-frame Construction | Low-energy Extensions

Hear from experts in low-energy buildings, and learn what techniques and materials are appropriate for new-builds, retrofits and extensions.

1. Approaches to low-energy building inspired by Passivhaus

By Green Building Store, covering:

  • Introduction to Passivhaus methodology & standard
  • Specification required to achieve Passivhaus certification
  • High perfromance windows & doors: Passivhaus requirements and importance of installation detailing
  • Airtightness products & techniques needed to achieve Passivhaus requirements
  • MVHR: how to ensure optimal performance
  • Q&A

2. Airtightness & Insulation Principles within Passive House Buildings

By Ecological Building Systems, covering:

  • Fabric-first approach to achieve high levels of comfort and health, using natural renewable materials with a significantly reduced carbon footprint
  • Consequences of a lack of airtightness and common failure areas
  • Moisture management and intelligent membranes
  • How to implement an airtightness strategy from the design stage to the final test on site
  • Some INTELLIGENT solutions for achieving airtightness including on-site details
  • Passive EcoWall examples offering a proven combination of natural materials and high-performance airtightness solutions, which may be applied in timber-frame construction or conventional masonry construction

3. Timber-framed low-energy homes

By Eden Insulation, covering:

  • Their building process using timber-frame construction, and prefabricated, highly insulated panels that can be assembled on site – sometimes within a day!
  • Case studies of local projects that Eden Insulation have been involved with.

4. Green extensions

By Miller Clear Architects

Partners Laura Miller and Simon Blunden will discuss the common issues involved with the sustainable upgrade and extension of existing buildings and houses. This type of project is becoming more common as clients’ ambitions to reduce energy consumption and tread more lightly on the earth increases. The talk will include:

  • Low-cost basic interventions;
  • More comprehensive elaborate solutions; and
  • Case studies of previous and ongoing projects, to explain what they have learned through on-site experience and consultation with specialists in collaboration with clients.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of all the speakers, and see their exhibits and products.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

This event is fully funded thanks to sponsors Green Building Store and Miller Clear Architects. It’s part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).

To book your place, visit the festival website:

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