Starting at the bottom

One of the many things we have to work out is how to insulate the ground floor. The Architects Matt and Elly, are helping unpick the mysteries of what you usually take for granted since it’s buried in the ground.  It’s all a balance between making sure the building doesn’t sink, cost, achieving un-interrupted insulation, minimal thermal bridges, and it turns out dealing with radioactive gas. 

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A Harry Potter Box

With the help of the Hydrock engineers, we’re working through options for energy sources for hot water and heating.  The fabric first approach of going large on insulation and preventing leaky air flows in the building (no period house draughts) means that we shouldn’t need much in the way of space heating.  We will though be wanting a hot shower and so will also need an energy-efficient way of heating the water.

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