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The Cost of Poor Performance

A mixture of poor workmanship, incorrect building practices, but most significantly a lack of real technical understanding means that a good deal of dwellings in the UK are performing extremely poorly. During winter, lots of us take to our homes to escape the icy weather, however for many this means high energy bills and a […]

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Pavadry Awarded BBA Certification

We are proud to announce that Pavadry, our IWI solution, has been awarded BBA Certification, rubberstamping NBT’s rigorous approach to product specification and assessment. The BBA tests construction products in a number of different ways including on-site evaluations, laboratory tests, quality management checks and inspections of production. BBA certification is a mark of quality, safety […]

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Pavadry and Energy Efficiency

Natural Building Technologies are close to completing the installation phase of a research project with Willmott Dixon using our BBA certified Pavadry internal wall insulation. Joining forces with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Willmott Dixon and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation have retrofitted a 1920s semi-detached home as part of a project to show how […]

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Construction Using Clay Plasters

Certain natural materials provide some of the best building fibres due to their performance and ease of use and maintenance. NBT founder Neil May has recently produced a paper on clay plasters in buildings, explaining how important they are and how useful they can be in standard renovation work, even in modern structures. The Benefits […]

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Bringing Traditional Dwellings up to Standard

Ensuring traditional buildings are functional and up to modern standards needs to be a priority. A number of groups have consulted the government on energy efficiency in homes. Think-tank Policy exchange (PX) have proposed that energy efficiency in domestic dwelling becomes a key infrastructure priority. To achieve this efficiency, old and traditional buildings need to […]

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Traditional Building Performance

There is a significant lack of relevant research and data for traditional building performance (both existing structures and retrofitted), however there is no short term fix for this issue. Materials, features and users of buildings interact in complex ways that require a holistic and systemic approach. There are also values and aims with regard to […]

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Fabric and Human Health

There are two areas in which breathable conditions are vital. These are fabric health and human health. In certain circumstances, building fabric can be damaged due to a lack of breathability, and human health can be affected due to a build-up of mould. Mould spores are incredibly small and can even penetrate solid rock. Damp […]

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Airtightness Using Pavatape Flex

DJP Construction have greatly surpassed the Enerphit airtightness target using Pavatex products. Exceeding Expectations DJP achieved exemplary airtightness for an existing building in Cirencester, despite complicated detailing required around penetrating roof trusses. Architects Potter & Holmes, and consultants Greengauge chose Pavatex airtight products to meet the stringent airtightness target. With attention to detail and well […]

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Solid Wall Insulation & Warm Up Bristol

Warm Up Bristol have launched a new planning guide for those considering major improvements to their home. The Guide to Solid Wall Insulation is a detailed document which aims to help Bristolians make crucial assessments before commencing on home upgrades. There is a short online quiz which asks important questions about the current features and […]

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The UK’s Greenest Building

After aiming to achieve the highest building standards across the board, the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is being called the greenest, most sustainable building in the UK. John French is the CEO of UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group and also directed the Enterprise Centre project. French was keen to build […]

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What is “The Performance Gap”?

What do we mean by the “performance gap” when we talk about buildings? When a building is designed, there is a targeted level of energy performance. Once a building is completed however, the reality is that these targets often aren’t achieved. The focus at the moment is on closing the gap between intended and actual […]