Saint-Gobain was heavily involved in the transformation of a BRE Victorian Terrace using a fabric first approach.
Launched in 2010, the Building Research Establishment was designed to generate best practice knowledge of the most effective ways of reducing carbon emissions through the upgrade of existing homes.
Saint-Gobain supplied a range of products and systems to refurbish part of the original building and show how ‘fabric first’ measures offer a cost effective means of improving energy efficiency.
The solutions specified helped to upgrade the original building from an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F to B.
The BRE Victorian Terrace has highlighted some of the issues, which must be overcome if the UK is to successfully meet the refurbishment challenge.
Thermal images taken of the finished building identified areas of cold bridging. These revealed areas where thermal performance could be improved with a few simple improvements to the installation techniques and design detailing normally employed by the industry.
The range of products used on the project came from a variety of Saint-Gobain brands, including: British Gypsum, Ecophon, Isover, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain Glassolutions and Weber.