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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

I am from India and planning to build a house with as little cement, steel and sand as possible. I am looking to keep the temperature inside the home to be minimal since temperature will touch around ...
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Are building certificates under EU Directive 2002/91/EC, such as EPC, Energieausweis, DPE, directly comparable between EU countries?

Implementing Directive 2002/91/EC, the UK have the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), Belgium has the Energieprestatiecertificaat (EPC), Germany has Energieausweis, France has Diagnostic de ...
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Insulating against unwanted conductive heat

I live on the ground floor of a block of flats (apartments) in London, UK. Below me (basement / -1 level) is the block’s communal boiler providing hot water for the taps and hot water for the ...
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Safe weather tape for insulating windows

I just purchased weather tape for my windows, but after seeing a proposition 65 warning label of carcinogenic materials on the package I intend to return it due to safety reasons. The warning is ...
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Choice between Expanded or Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Boards

Am living in Lahore, Pakistan, and these days in process of my house construction. Note, here locally we have concrete flat roofs. Summer time maximum temperature upto 50C, and in winters minimum ...
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Which Loft Insulation Type is best for the top floor of a three story house?

I have a three story detached house which uses a lot of energy, particularly in the winter. I'm looking to insulate the loft but I'm not sure which kind of insulation to go with. Glass wool seems like ...
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What's the optimal glass separation for secondary glazing?

We've bought a huge Georgian B&B in the UK. It has vast single-glazed windows. The house is not listed however we want to retain as much fabric as possible. Therefore we are looking at secondary ...
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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

I've had this idea for a few years and wonder if it would be feasible. Rather than simply recycling bottles and bags in blue bins, if there could be a way to melt down all types of plastic and mold ...
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Repurposing polystyrene packaging material as ceiling insulation; safety and techniques

I'm aware there are fire safety and other regulations that ensure the various types of ceiling insulation on the market are safe to use. If I was to cut unwanted polystyrene packaging material into a ...
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MVHR no longer the ventilation of choice in some Nordic countries?

We've covered Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) before here, and it's been the ventilation method of choice for Passivhaus buildings for many years. But I heard something interesting ...
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Aerogel as home insulation?

I see that www.buyaerogel.com has begun to offer various insulating blankets, though it seems targeted for industrial use rather than consumer use. Does this aerogel look like a suitable technology ...
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Retrofitting insulation in a 4-storey home. Top down or bottom up?

I'm faced with the prospect of wanting to improve the insulation of a 4-storey Victorian (c1890) house in the UK that has solid stone walls and a top floor that is within the non-insulated roof space. ...
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Is Using Blankets to Insulate Doors and Windows Effective?

Are heavy blankets effective insulation when used over drafty windows as curtains or when hung in doors to shut off an unused space? Is it more effective to seal the windows with plastic?
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What needs to be done to reuse newspapers for insulation?

I seen a couple of shows that were pointing newspaper as a very good insulator, that attracted my interest so I was wondering if any of you have any input on this?
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How do the criteria for 'best' building insulation change depending on context?

Following on from the question Sheep wool as insulation? , where I started my answer with: Is it one of the best natural insulators? Well, that would depend on your definition of best. and the OP ...
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Sheep wool as insulation?

Where I am living, there are a lot of sheep, hence enough wool to go around for everybody. I saw a show at some point stating that sheep wool is one of the best natural insulates for homes. Is this ...
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What is the sustainable house insulation suitable for a very hot climate?

In my country the maximum temperature reaches to 50 degree Celsius. Normally it is a dry weather but only for two months, July and August very humid. On the other hand, in winter it is very cold for ...
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What is the most sustainable house insulation suitable for a cold climate?

This is a "derived" question from What is the most sustainable heating strategy for a home? . When talking about a home that has to withstand cold winters (-20 C), insulation is a big part of keeping ...
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How much of my flat heating is going to heat my neighbours flats?

I live in a block of flats with neighbours on 5 sides and only one side open to the outside. I understand that conduction is likely to be the main way I lose or gain heat to or from the neighbours on ...
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How can I get my landlord to install better insulation?

We live in an apartment that has a lot of gaps in the doors and windows and poor insulation in the walls. Is there a way to make the landlord fix this? Some sort of property codes or something? He ...