Seaton Beach Apartments in Devon is the first UK multi-residential development to be certified as ‘Passive House Plus’. Some claim that the Passive House standard is easier to achieve with simpler, box-like forms, resulting in finished buildings being aesthetically limited – but this is certainly not the case here. A little design ingenuity and the use of Schöck Isokorb thermal breaks has enabled generous sea-facing balconies with sweeping curves to create a striking finish.

Specifiers’ guide to acoustic, fire & thermal insulation returns as interactive resource.

Ravago Building Solutions, Europe’s largest manufacturer of XPS insulation, launched Ravatherm XPS X 200 SB earlier this year.

By offering some of the lowest U-values available, the patented PURe® aluminium window system from Senior Architectural Systems has become a firm favourite in the residential sector.

Cellecta, the UK specialist Acoustic and Thermal Insulation manufacturer have launched their Mojave® dry laid underfloor heating system. The system brings together a series of well-known components consisting of high-performance acoustic layers, XFLO® high-compressive strength extruded polystyrene (XPS), ULTRAplate aluminium diffuser plates or foiled faced (XPS), topped off with award winning overlay board ScreedBoard® 20.

Schöck explores a rare case where permission has been granted to demolish a Grade I listed Nash terrace and convert it back to the residential use for which the early 19th century building was intended. One of the key considerations with the new development was to prevent thermal bridging along the parapets.

John Rennie from NBT discusses the use of wood fibre insulation from the Pavatex range to enable thermal performance improvements to Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Illias Igoumenidis from Ecological Building Systems discusses the transformation of a derelict cottage into a desirable holiday retreat.

Hudson Lambert, Director of Safeguard Europe, considers the issue of penetrating damp in new and converted properties, and how modern masonry treatments can solve the problem.

“Man darf nie beim Alten stehen bleiben” (“You must never remain standing still”), a quote that visitors are greeted with when they are guided through the innovative museum of German-based thermal break solutions manufacturer, Schöck. These are the wise words of the company’s Founder, Eberhard Schöck, and this message is unmistakably the ethos behind the company’s groundbreaking thermal solutions.

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