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BC Visit November 19th 2010

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I visited today with Justin Bere of Bere Architects The house is pretty much sealed now, save the front door. Most of the plastering has been completed, the outside rendering on the external insulation looks bright and white. The front room at the top now feels noticeably smaller now the internal insulation is complete.

Plasterer agreed that lime plaster can be brittle and damaged easily, due to the slow drying process risk of damage must be higher, can be dented for several days.
Justin pointed out that external brickwork being visible is not a good reason for planners to deny the use of external insulation, especially if the area already has homes that have painted brick or rendered brick on the front facade already.
In the “plant room”, the Maico MVHR system looks big with silencers, heat exchanger and heater battery all helping to fill up the space. The Rotex unit is placed but not plumbed in yet, also looks big.

Maico MVHR unit

Maico MVHR unit


Written by Ben Croxford

November 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

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PassivTerrace Open Day! 25th Nov

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On Thur 25th Nov the PassivTerrace will be open to visitors 1-4 pm and it will be 10 people at any one time entrance.

The work is now in the final stages towards completion, so it is still possible to see construction and services details.

Please come along: the design team will be on hand to discuss the project with you.

If you are interested please send an e-mail to with subject: PassivTerrace Address, you will receive an automated response with the exact address.

Written by elisa prestia

November 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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EP Visit 3rd Nov

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On the 3rd November the design team and the tenants  met on site to see the work progress. They then moved to Sandwood office to discuss other issues.

By this date the ground floor had been poured and insulated with 250mm insulation to give a U-value of 0.115 w/m2K:

insulation over ground floor slab

External insulation to rear facade had been placed:

detail of external insulation cut for rear door opening

Windows to the front of the house had been placed:

bay-window in the living room

The two remaining windows are due to be delivered next week, so hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to document how they are fitted with the membrane.

Written by elisa prestia

November 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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