Achieving Airtightness, Why and How: The need for joined up thinking for joined up building! - Edinburgh

10/11/2016 13:30
10/11/2016 17:00

Where

Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG United Kingdom

When

November 10th 2016, 1.30pm-5pm

Cost

Members: £65.00
Non-Members: £99.00

Event Description

A new half-day seminar exploring the theory and practice of achieving higher levels of airtightness - how to ‘build tight and ventilate right’

Buildings that achieve higher levels of airtightness tend to also be built and executed to a much higher quality level. While airtightness is essential to ensure thermal insulation performs to its optimum and to reduce condensation risk, it must also be combined with an effective ventilation strategy, be it by passive or mechanical means.

At its most basic, airtightness aims to eliminate any unintended gaps or cracks in the external fabric of the building. Ventilation focuses on replacing the stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air to meet the occupant’s needs. The key is to ‘build tight and ventilate right’!

Fintan Wallace, Architectural Technologist with Ecological Building Systems will provide a presentation outlining why airtightness is now recognised as a key element in realising higher performance more durable healthy buildings. This presentation will be followed by a practical demonstration from Stephen Gurney (UK Technical Development Manager), on the applications of airtightness systems and products at critical junctions. Followed by an opportunity for delegates to have a go and gain hands on experience.

More demanding building regulations not only require an improvement in individual skills but require a change in attitude to working collectively with a focused, co-operative approach to achieve compliance with regulations. Higher performing buildings, be it new build or retrofit, require good site control and communication between all trades. The production of truly low energy buildings require diligent attention to detail and co-operation between all trades involved in the construction and renovation processes. All trades should view the house as a system, rather than the sum of its parts. Trades must work as a team. All works must be co-ordinated.

The current fractured approach to building must be changed to a systems-based approach to building, in a similar manner to Passivhaus building principles and the quality standards, which are often observed on low energy or Passivhaus projects in the UK and Germany.

About the Organiser


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