NBT Updates

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 […]

Case Studies

Case Study: Forge House

Lower heating cost and peace of mind for owners of this Sussex Heritage Trust prize winning house. When the owners of Forge House decided to improve the thermal performance of their new home as part of extensive works to the property with CDMS architects, NBT Pavadry was chosen to give a risk-free upgrade to the […]

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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 […]