Case Studies

Case Study: Unicorn Grocery

Unicorn Grocery, one of the UK’s most successful whole food stores, has undergone a major redesign by Manchester-based architecture practice Loop Systems. The co-operative shop in Chorlton, Manchester has built a new commercial kitchen on the first floor, which has enabled Unicorn to extend their range and make more fresh food on the premises. The […]

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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 […]

Case Studies

Arcadia Nursery at RIAS Awards 2015

Congratulations to Arcadia Nursery and Malcolm Fraser Architects who have won the Best Use of Timber Award at the RIAS Awards 2015. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) named 12 shortlisted buildings for their prestigious Doolan Award this year, choosing the buildings which they felt represented the best of current Scottish architecture. As […]

Case Studies

Case Study: Nirvana

We take a look back at Nirvana, a raised single storey house located near Rye, East Sussex. Natural Building Technologies were asked to provide the natural, breathable insulation material for Nirvana. The aim was not only for the materials to help achieve the desired level of performance, but also to contribute to the look and […]