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Grand Designs: Passive House Built With Icynene

Passive House Built With Icynene

On Wednesday, 21st September 2016, we made our first UK TV appearance to put our revolutionary spray foam insulation Icynene to good use for an innovative tree house project. The Channel 4 project was completed by Home Logic and demonstrated how Icynene was the ideal addition into building a fully functional passive home in the Gloucestershire countryside.

The beauty of building a passive home is its simplicity and beauty in design. For millions of years humans didn’t use fossil fuels and since the rapid rise and destruction of the environment since the industrial revolution, it is clear to see the populations interest is turning back towards a simpler way of life.

The three, fundamental points towards creating a passive home are based around the same aims home-owners already wish to get out of their properties and include:

  • Outstanding performance when it comes to thermal insulation.
  • An airtight building envelope.
  • Ventilation which allows moisture, toxic particles and fresh air to flow through your home in a natural way.

By using the Icynene insulation system Home Logic was able to showcase the outstanding thermal performance our product was able to provide on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which you can watch on 4OD from 21st September 2016.

What is a Passive House?

Since the early 1990’s, the term ‘passive house’ has referred to a residential or commercial construction that emits zero carbon emissions. The term (Passivhaus in German) has been coined from the Wolfgang Feist in Darmstadt, taking the rising demand for energy efficient homes one step further, offering economically concious home-owners a revolutionary way to reduce their carbon footprint.

Since the year 2000 over 30,000 houses have been recorded as adhering to passive house standards, with the figure steadily growing each year. Passive homes continue to be a rising consumer demand in the home-owner market and why wouldn’t they be when they can virtually eliminate bills and improve your carbon footprint… It’s a win all round.

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Example of how a passive home can be created using Icynene insulation

The term passive house also refers or relates to the term ‘passive energy source’. This is an energy source that is not derived or sourced through fossil fuel consumption and is generally achieved by transferring natural sources of energy such as sunlight, water, air and thermal mass, using them for equipment round the home.

Although passive homes contain zero carbon emissions, sometimes these economical techniques of drawing renewable energy sources are assisted by fossil fuel equipment to help collect the energy, e.g wind turbines can have slight electrical currents to help facilitate the movement when there is minimal or no wind.

The standard requirements for passive homes like the one we have featured include:

  • The construction of the property must meet annual heating and cooling demands as set out by the Prassivhaus Planning Package. This is a requirement of no more than 15 kWhm2 (4,755 BTU/sq ft) per  year in heating or cooling energy OR be designed with a peak heat load of 10 W/m2 (1.2 hp/1000 sq ft).
  • Total primary energy consumption must not be more than 120 kWh/m2 (38,040 BTU/sq ft; 40.13 MJ/sq ft) per year.
  • The building must be airtight, not leaking more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour (n50 ≤ 0.6 / hour) at 50 Pa (0.0073 psi) as tested by a blower door,  or alternatively when looked at the surface area of the enclosure, the leakage rate must be less than 0.05 cubic feet per minute.

Passive Homes on Grand Designs

In 2010, Grand Designs showcased 2 architects attempt to build Britain first ever accredited passive house underneath a 300-year-old barn in the Cotswolds countryside. The idea for the Grand Design builders was to create an eco-friendly living environment underground, without heating to adhere to the Passivhaus eco standards set to achieve the rating. 

According to architects Helen and Chris ‘ it was a no-brainer when we came to building a new house’ and ‘We believe strongly it’s the best way of achieving a desperately-needed reduction in carbon emissions.’

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Grand Designs showcased the UK’s first passive house in 2010

Watch the show on the Channel 4 Website

Passive House Built With Icynene Grand Design

Even though Icynene wasn’t used in this case, a high quality of insulation was provided by building the construction underground which also helped getting past the Councils tough property planning permissions that had been put in place in the Cotswolds, an area renowned for it’s natural and archetypal English heritage and beauty.

The properties aim of producing more energy then it used was achieved by a high level of insulation (not Icynene), airtightness, underground contruction and a series of solar panels aimed to generate electricity.

Building Standards for a Passive House

Fuel poverty is a term that is increasingly being used in the news and shows why construction is moving towards using energy efficient insulations such as Icynene insulation as the preferred choice. With the depletion of fossil fuels ever growing and the use of environment destroying practices such as fracking taking place, anybody in their right mind would be doing what they can do help reduce their carbon footprint.

The cost of running a passive house (based on a 70 square meter example) can be from as little as £25 a year in bills! That’s cheaper than most phone contracts a month!

This building methodology for carbon free homes is rising in popularity and is applicable to any climate in the world, working equally well in warmer environments as it does in cold. Since its first modern appearance in the 1990’s, there is now a passive home in every country across Europe and they can be found as far afield as Australia, Japan and South America!

Fossil fuels are not just used to heat your home, they are also used to provide energy to electricity plants, cars and planes. Even your toothpaste and the plastic wrapper you brought it in are derived from oil based products. Passive homes provide a clear example of the standards that should be set in economical modern construction.

Word has been spreading about a new industrial revolution set around green energy which has been accelerated since global powers announced their plans for a carbon free future at the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, where the world found out that the planets temperature had risen by 1.5 degrees on average since pre industrial levels.

Passive homes such as what was featured on Grand Designs are the way forwards and its products such as Icynene which will help builders implement this ideology into reality.

Passive House Built With Icynene Grand Design

This building methodology for carbon free homes is rising in popularity and can be applied to any climate in the world, working equally well in warmer environments as it does in cold

Why Is Cutting Carbon Emissions Important?

Fuel poverty is a term that is increasingly being used in the news and shows why construction is moving towards using energy efficient insulations such as Icynene insulation. With the depletion of fossil fuels ever growing and the use of enviroment destroying practices such as fracking taking place, anybody in their right mind would be doing what they can do help reduce their carbon footprint.

The cost of running a passive house (based on a 70 square meter example) can be from as little as £25 a year in bills! That’s cheaper than most phone contracts.

This building methodology for carbon free homes is rising in popularity and can be applied to any climate in the world, working equally well in warmer environments as it does in cold. Since its first modern appearance in the 1990’s, there is currently a passive home in every country across Europe and they can be found as far afield as Australia, Japan and South America!

Fossil fuels are not just used to heat your home, they are also used to provide energy to electricity plants, cars and planes. Even your toothpaste and the plastic wrapper you brought it in are derived from oil based products. Passive homes provide a clear example of the standards that should be set in modern construction.

Word has been spreading about a new industrial revolution set around green energy which has been accelerated since global powers announced their plans for a carbon free future at the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the world found out that the planets temperature had risen by 1.5 degrees on average since pre industrial levels.

Passive homes such as what was featured on Grand Designs are the way forwards and its products such as Icynene which will help builders implement this.

Passive House Built With Icynene Grand Design

Utility Bills have doubled since 2004, don’t get caught out. Icynene spray foam insulation will instantly reduce your energy bills up to 35% instantly, giving you that extra bit of money for whatever you want to spend it on.

Just a Passive House? The Icynene insulation System Offers More Than You Ever Imagined...

Instant bill reductions

Utility Bills have doubled since 2004, don’t get caught out. Icynene spray foam insulation will instantly reduce your energy bills up to 35% instantly, giving you that extra bit of money for whatever you want to spend it on.

Prevents mould and condensation

Sick of mold in your home? Icynene will eliminate the chance for mold or damp to grow in your property. Our spray foam insulation accommodates the grand design of your home by allowing any moisture that has resided to dissipate through the roof.

Increased comfort

No more overheating or being to cold. Icynene spray foam insulation provides a regulated temperature in your home you can enjoy and more comfortable living experience.

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The 25 year warranty provides you with the guarantee that if anything ever did go wrong with your install you would be covered. So far, this has not happened

Structural maintenance

Spray foam insulation can help support the overall structure of your property. This is dependent on the application and thickness of the spray foam on installation.  

We also provide a breathable membrane between the Icynene and roof (As shown on Grand Designs) to allow you to make further adaptations to your roof such a tile changes or Velux window installations.

BBA approval

We are the countries only BBA approved pitched roof installers, ensuring your home has the most professional level of conduct when Icynene spray foam insulation is applied.

BBA is synonymous with quality, reliability and durability with its approved products and has retained the trust of the British home-owners society for decades.

25 year warranty

All spray foam installations are carried out by Icynene licensed installers. After installation you will be sent a BBA Certificate and 25-year warranty on the product for added peace of mind.

The 25 year warranty provides you with the guarantee that if anything ever did go wrong with your install you would be covered. So far this has not happened.

Turn Your Home Into A Grand Design With Icynene Spray Foam!

Building materials have evolved dramatically over the past ten years, and can now offer an array of benefits not just linked to insulation. Icynene aims to make buildings healthier, quieter and more energy efficient hence why programs such as Channel 4’s Grand Designs have taken the move to showcase our product on-line.

Discover whether your property is suitable for Icynene by calling 0800 1700 636 and request your free site survey today!