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Loch Leven low energy newbuild
Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd has just completed a newbuild low energy home, designed using the rigorous Passivhaus approach as a basis and design tool including PHPP modelling (Passivhaus Planning Package) to help optimise comfort and performance. The project was designed to create a cosy, light and spacious home maximising the potential of the views across rolling farmland and looking towards Loch Leven and the Lomond Hills. It is designed to meet the AECB 'Building Standard'.
Green Building Store's virtually 'frameless' PROGRESSION windows were specified for the project, along with  ULTRA doors .
Kirsty Maguire commented: "We chose PROGRESSION for the quality of the window and the narrow sightlines which maximises the glazed area. The insulated frames and increased glazing area meant that they perform well thermally. Visually they're great -I love the fact the frames are almost invisible.
The PROGRESSION windows also worked well for the large uninterrupted picture windows that we wanted for the project. We have already specified PROGRESSION on another project we are working on."
The ULTRA doors complemented the PROGRESSION windows well , as well as helping keep budget costs down."
BOOK Prize Draw: Designed to Perform
An illustrated guide to delivering energy efficient homes
Written by Architect Tom Dollard,  Head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards, Designed to Perform is an illustrated guide to designing and constructing better homes.  Better homes have low energy use, thermal comfort, excellent indoor air quality and deliver their desired outcomes.  Research suggests the performance gap - the gap between design predictions and actual performance - is a widespread problem for the house-building industry.  Using annotated details, drawings and photos taken from live construction sites, this book identifies common problems and provides valuable best practice guidelines.
We are giving away copies of the book to the first two names taken out of the hat on Monday 2 July 2018. To enter the PRIZE Draw, please reply to this email with 'Designed to Perform' in the subject line of the email. Please note: The Prize Draw offer only open to newsletter subsribers with a UK postal address.
Green Building Store on tour
FREE Passivhaus & retrofit talks
                                                                                                                                                    
We are running a series of Open Days at our Huddersfield base throughout 2018. The Open Days offer a chance to find out more about Passivhaus and low energy construction and retrofit at a series of talks: 
Introduction to Passivhaus & radical retrofit
Understanding MVHR heat recovery ventilation
Understanding high performance windows
Understanding airtightness
There will also be a chance to ask questions about your project at a Q&A session and have hands-on product demonstrations in Green Building Store's showroom, featuring triple glazed timber windows/ doors as well as MVHR heat recovery ventilation systems. 
2018 Dates
Book a FREE place
MVHR DOs & DON'Ts: Ducting
The rigid spiral wound steel ducting favoured by our MVHR design team is often removed from specifications at the 'value engineering' stage to be replaced with cheaper plastic ducting. This has happened with numerous projects we have worked on, something we find deeply frustrating and generally a false economy.
Read MVHR Engineer Steve Clarke's blog outlining the main reasons we strongly prefer rigid steel ducting to other forms of ducting.
The blog looks at air movement, longevity, airtightness and practical installation issues around the different ducting options available for MVHR heat recovery ventilation systems.
Read the blog
Passivhaus CPDs in Swindon
Green Building Store's Mike Shufflebotham will be giving FREE Passivhaus talks/CPDs from 12.30 - 13.30 on the following Tuesdays at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Book a FREE Ticket  
Energy efficient makeover of 1960s bungalow
Architect Gil Schalom has undertaken an extension and radical retrofit of a 1960s dormer bungalow in Southwell Nottinghamshire, transforming it into an energy-efficient two storey 3 bedroom house, optimising the light and views at the rear of the property.  Green Building Store's PERFORMANCE triple glazed timber windows and doors, including several French Doors, were chosen for the project.
Gil Schalom commented: "The PERFORMANCE range offered a great balance between cost and performance. We compared it with a couple of other manufacturers and the PERFORMANCE quote was still the cheapest option. The French Doors were chosen as a cost-effective alternative to  Lift & Slide and Fold-aside options but still allowing good amounts of  light into the house. We specified the largest opening size for two of the French doors."
Showroom summer opening
Our Huddersfield showroom will also be open on the following days over the summer from 11am - 3pm.
Saturday 16 June