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 […]

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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 […]

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Low Energy & Low Carbon

60% of all energy used in domestic dwellings is through space heating. This is an extremely high percentage and is much higher than any other source of energy loss. However when it comes to creating energy efficiency in buildings, the focus is often on other areas of energy consumption. There has been quite a lot […]

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Breathability and Natural Materials

When we talk about “breathability” in buildings, we aren’t referring to the movement of air within a building, rather the movement of water. Water moves in and out of buildings constantly as both a liquid and as a gas, and is practically everywhere; inside the building, outside, in the walls, floors and roofs. Breathability is […]

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Scrapping The Zero Carbon Homes Policy

It has recently been announced that the zero carbon homes policy is to be scrapped by the British government. Established in 2006, the policy would have meant that within ten years, all new residential buildings would be low in energy use and generate its own energy for that which remained such as hot water, lighting […]

Case Studies

Case Study: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Natural Building Technologies supplied materials for the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation which was completed back in 2013. The Centre is a redevelopment of the 18th century Royal High School in Edinburgh’s Old Town with new atria plus social and teaching space stitched between and around the historic buildings. The integrity of the historic buildings […]

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Case Study: Revelon Road

Recently, Natural Building Technologies provided materials for a timber frame project located on Revelon Road in London. This new build was unusual as the residential property was built on a site of around 3.5m wide. NBT were asked to provide support during specification of insulation systems, including WUFI calculations and SAP calculations. We assisted during […]

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The Importance of Materials

We have previously discussed the misconceptions about the financial cost of natural materials in energy efficient homes. While costs may, in some cases, be higher than synthetic insulations the gap is often much smaller than people realise, if at all. With the added advantage of enhanced comfort and the significantly reduced risk to health and […]

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High Energy Performance in New Builds

Passive House buildings are found to be almost four times as efficient as other high energy performance buildings. In an article published by an independent group (D. Johnstona, D. Farmera, M. Brooke-Peata & D. Miles-Shenton) the heat loss coefficients of 25 new UK building projects that all boasted “high energy performance” were measured. As part […]