Achieving Airtightness, Why and How: The need for joined up thinking for joined up building! - Salisbury

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A new half-day seminar exploring the theory and practice of achieving higher levels of airtightness - how to ‘build tight and ventilate right’

Buildings that achieve higher levels of airtightness tend to also be built and executed to a much higher quality level. While airtightness is essential to ensure thermal insulation performs to its optimum and to reduce condensation risk, it must also be combined with an effective ventilation strategy, be it by passive or mechanical means.

At its most basic, airtightness aims to eliminate any unintended gaps or cracks in the external fabric of the building. Ventilation focuses on replacing the stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air to meet the occupant’s needs. The key is to ‘build tight and ventilate right’!

Neil Turner, Technical Sales Manager with Ecological Building Systems, will provide a presentation outlining why airtightness is now recognised as a key element in realising higher performance more durable healthy buildings. This presentation will be followed by a practical demonstration from Ilias Igoumenidis (Technical Support Engineer) on the applications of airtightness systems and products at critical junctions. Followed by an opportunity for delegates to have a go and gain hands on experience.

More demanding building regulations not only require an improvement in individual skills but require a change in attitude to working collectively with a focused, co-operative approach to achieve compliance with regulations. Higher performing buildings, be it new build or retrofit, require good site control and communication between all trades. The production of truly low energy buildings require diligent attention to detail and co-operation between all trades involved in the construction and renovation processes. All trades should view the house as a system, rather than the sum of its parts. Trades must work as a team. All works must be co-ordinated.

The current fractured approach to building must be changed to a systems-based approach to building, in a similar manner to Passivhaus building principles and the quality standards, which are often observed on low energy or Passivhaus projects in the UK and Germany.

About the trainers

Neil Turner joined Ecological Building Systems in 2016 and brings with him more than 14 years’ experience in the sustainable building products sector. A BBA-competent U-value assessor who has been involved in developing CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) European standards. He joins the company from a manufacturer where he worked with architects, contractors and timber frame specialists on the specification of sustainable insulation products and has been involved in projects using Ecological Building Systems products for many years, giving him an excellent knowledge of the company’s portfolio.

Ilias Igoumenidis - Technical Support Engineer at Ecological Building Systems. Born and raised in Greece, Ilias graduated from the Polytechnic school of Civil Engineers of Patras University. Since the beginning of 2013, he has dealt intensively with the issue of low energy consumption in building projects. He was the first person in the Hellenic Passive House Institute to gain the International Certification of a Certified Passive House Designer. Ilias played a significant part of the first Certified Passive House project [Enerphit] in the south eastern Mediterranean area “Passivistas”. 

What have previous delegates said about this seminar?

"Excellent diagrams clearly explaining the concepts and practical examples and common problem descriptions."
"Very clear, helpful and very well done!"
"Excellent ... good mix of technical and practical demonstration."

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October 13th, 2016 1:30 PM through  5:00 PM
City Hall
Malthouse Lane
Salisbury, WIL SP2 7TU
United Kingdom
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Event Fee(s)
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members £ 99.00
Members - incl place at Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits seminar 13 Apr 16, 13.30-17.00 £ 99.00
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members - incl place at Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits seminar 13 Apr 16, 13.30-17.00 £ 149.00
Non-Members £ 99.00

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