The new external brick skin of the walls is now built up, and the cavity created between that and the original solid concrete walls has been fully-filled with insulation.

Wall insulation showing in new cavity at front door

The insulation is between 250-300mm thick; the variance is due to the fact that the original walls had shifted slightly over time, so in some places the cavity was slightly wider than others, and we took every opportunity to get in as much insulation as possible!  You can also see in the photo above that the cavity extends down below ground level, to the bottom of the original wall foundations, and insulation was packed down here as well to minimise thermal bridging from the internal floor to outside.

Wall insulation being packed into the cavity at roof level

The photo above shows the insulation being packed into the cavity just below the existing eaves.  The insulation is then continued up over the top of the original wall, between the rafters and into the roof space to again minimse thermal bridging at the top of the original walls.  This is the weak point of the overall insulated envelope however, as the void over the orignal wall between the rafters only allowed for around 150mm of insulation.  The roof was then extended by two rows of tiles to meet the corbelled external skin.

Wall cavity at an opening showing wall tie

The photo above shows the newly created cavity at one of the windows, and if you click on the photo to expand it you can just see the wall tie spanning the cavity four brick courses down.  These ties were secured into the original wall by drilling a hole and inserting the tie with a mortar fill and they then span the cavity and are secured in the mortar layer of the external skin.  The ties used are Teplo Ties from Ancon, which can be cut to length; traditional ties do not come in sufficient length for this sized cavity.

Date posted: July 15, 2010 | Author: | 1 Comment »

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One response to “External walls complete”

  1. Hi,
    Insulation is important part of home and buildings and external wall insulation is a part of insulation service. This post is very nice and informative author can explain each and every step of wall insulation, which is very useful and beneficial thanks for sharing.

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