Lucy believes it’s often assumed that the best way to achieve energy efficiency is to use renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels, to lessen the amount of fossil fuels burned to generate electricity for buildings. Whilst this is an excellent way to reduce carbon emissions, a more effective – and often less expensive – way to drive energy efficiency in domestic properties is to adopt the ‘fabric first’ approach.
This method involves looking at the fabric of the building – the walls, floors and roofs – to see how to maximise insulation levels and minimise heat loss. Measures such as eliminating gaps in the fabric, conducting an airtightness test to ensure these gaps are minimised and using a thermal imaging camera to help identify where these gaps occur can all be used to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings.
At the Low Carbon Homes events, The Green Register will give a focused workshop looking at practical solutions through the Fabric First approach, including:
- Principles of airtightness, insulation and moisture movement
- Risks of interstitial condensation – new-build and retrofit
- Best practice solutions
- Service penetrations through external envelope
- Airtightness details
- Insulation details
- Heating and ventilation
- Case-study examples
Low Carbon Homes regional forums are designed for professionals working in the domestic energy efficiency and retrofit sectors and are free to attend.
(Dorset 11 March – Brighton 3 April – Ipswich 23 May – Manchester 14 Nov).