Do you want vinegar with that? Home insulating progressing. After the detail comes… more detail!

scaffold down. mid painting. slight change in colour. the render and paint is a silicone system (time will tell!) you can see the capping on the gable insulation (time will tell!) Overall i am happy with the finish. now back to the detailing

Scaffold down. Mid painting. Slight change in colour! The render and paint is a silicone system (time will tell!) you can see the capping on the gable insulation (time will tell!) Overall I am happy with the finish. Now back to the detailing. The Wilmot Dixon project management is without fault

the clever stuff. replacing the rotting stuff with something else and ending up with stable wood and vinegar type stuff (acetic acid)

The vinegar reference refers to acetylation or the process where fairly cheap fast grown FSC timber is transformed into a stable and long-lasting (50yr life) construction grade timber. Why am a saying this? The outside of my house is now insulated and I have to go the next step which is to order my new triple glazed timber windows. I could not justify (for justify read afford) the five-figure sum for the Scandinavian style stuff (there are manufactures in the UK who make passive house standard windows) I wanted a sustainable  sub U1.2 thermally performing window but also wanted to avoid plastics and such like (another blog there) Having seen a couple of houses locally built with windows made from Accoya I wanted to know more. Accoya is the trade name for fast grown pine timber which is pressure treated with acetic anhydrite and the process has a byproduct of a acetic acid from the process. (all natural like) Think vinegar on your chips type of thing (replacing the hydroxyl molecules… or the bit which accelerates the decaying.  Accoya calls the timber virtually rot proof ). The stuff even lasts a minimum of 25 years when in water. There is something here for our huge plantations of fast grown pine which could be put to better, low-carbon use rather than pulped… hmm. I will let you know in 2065 if it doesn’t last!!The windows and front door are being made by a local company Williams Homes in Bala(the ones who built the new Penrhyn Castle Visitor building) using all the latest warm edge, argon filled glazing units with the now standard multi closing mechanisms. The stability in the timber will be a huge advantage in my stormy, wet, cold, hot, humid, windy area of Snowdonia for draft proofing and overall performance. 4 weeks to go until d-day (delivery!) Oh and the cost? Exactly the same as the UPVC quotes I got!

details, details or actually big holes. starting to sort the ventilation aspect of the house. Bathroom next after the main living room.

Details, details or actually big holes in my 1.1m thick stone walls. Starting to sort the ventilation aspect of the house. Bathroom next after the main living room.

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