We specialise in pre-cut frames, rather than restricting our designs to fit a factory panelised system. This allows us to design homes to any shape, including curved walls, always airtight to the PH standard. It also means we do not need a crane on site to erect the structure or many lorry loads of panels - a distinct advantage on sites with poor access.
The structure created from 300mm thick I beams allows for a very fast build time. This is then then pumped solid with cellulose fibre insulation on site to create a very dense, well insulated building with minimal heat loss occurring through the thermal envelope. Constructing from I beams (rather than solid timber) also results in minimal cold bridging through the wall (since there is minimal solid material crossing the thermal envelope), which coupled with the insulation and airtightness results in a frame that will meet the Passivhaus standard.
These are then externally sheathed with an air tight, solid TG fibre board over the entire structure, to provide a completely robust, long term air tight solution – much more robust than the traditional use of sticky tapes and membrane!
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Cellulose fibre insulation is pumped into the walls and roof. With I beams walls much higher Warmcel densities can be achieved vs cheaper twin wall systems, resulting in a better thermally performing home.
We cover the entire external surface of the build with our TG board, mastic sealed at all joints to form a long term robust air tight layer. We do not use cheap tapes and membranes.
Combating cold bridging
I beams have only the 9mm web passing through the structure, so minimal cold bridging occurs.
Another feature is that, rather than using "cheap" traditional trusses for our roofs, we use glulam ridge beams which primarily creates a simplistic airtight layer following the external side of the building, omitting the complexity of having the airtight layer duck inside the roof at eaves level.
Glulam ridge beams also allow the roof space to be completely open, giving the attractive option of dramatic vaulted ceilings.