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Ogley, P and Wood, C and Brocklebank, I and Pickles, D (2010) ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Insulation of suspended timber floors. Project Report. English Heritage.


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This guidance note provides advice on the methods, materials and risks involved with insulating suspended timber ground floors. The applications described are also appropriate for timber upper floors where there is an unheated space below, for example, above a passageway or garage. Advice is also provided on how suspended floors can be draught-proofed where the installation of insulation may be difficult or potentially damaging to the historic character of the building. Suspended timber ground floors can be a source of considerable heat loss from older buildings, particularly where there are gaps between floorboards that create draughts. Insulating and draught-proofing floors can make an important contribution to reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions. Timber floors often constitute a significant part of the character of older buildings. Lifting old floorboards can require the work of a skilled carpenter if damage to the boards is to be avoided. In some cases the potential for damage may be too great, in which case the boards would need to be left in place.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, historic building, insulate, insulation, heat loss, timber floors, floor, garage
Subjects: English > Building Envelope > Insulation
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Depositing User: Kajsa Stavebring
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 19:49
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 11:08

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