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

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This popular seminar returns to London - places sold out quickly last time so book now to secure your place!

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 Fintan Wallace (Architectural Technologist) 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.

This morning seminar goes hand in hand with an afternoon session Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits - hygrothermal assessment at its best! Seminars can be attended together or separately.

Special offer - attend both seminars at the discounted rate of £99 members / £135 non-members.
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About the trainers

Fintan Wallace is an Architectural Technologist at Ecological Building Systems.  Graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Architectural Technology, it was here in D.I.T’s Bolton Street where Fintan developed a strong interest in low energy and Passivhaus design. From here he continued his studies becoming both a Certified European Passivhaus designer and tradesperson.

Fintan has travelled to Baden Württemberg in Germany to study passive housing and sustainable energy technology, gaining significant knowledge regarding the use of natural insulations in timber frame and solid wall constructions. Latterly Fintan has been involved extensively in a deep energy retrofit of a property to the Enerphit standard in the west of Ireland.

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.

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 6th, 2016 9:00 AM through 12:30 PM
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EA
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 - incl place at Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits seminar 6 Apr 16, 13.30-17.00 £ 99.00
Non-Members - incl place at Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits seminar 13 Apr 16, 13.30-17.00 £ 149.00
Non-Members - incl place at Avoiding Interstitial Condensation in Retrofits seminar 6 Oct 16, 13.30-17.00 £ 149.00