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Thankfully we had a solution for them and we recommended that once the walls had been straightened with a lime base coat, we would install SpaceLoft (Aerogel) insulation directly onto the newly straightened walls. The spaceloft would be primed with a reinforcing mesh direct fixed brickwork using nylon insulation fixings.  The wall would then be finished with a 8-10 m Lime skim finish directly onto the SpaceLoft and mesh.

This solution would only take up about 18-20mm of the floor space on the outside walls but still help them save up to 65% of their heat loss through their solid walls.

THERMAL UPGRADE WITHIN SMALL ROOMS

In this job we were asked could we renovate this early 1900’s house in northern Ireland and help restore it back to being a breathable building fabric.  Of course we could do this but firstly we had to make the client aware that all old plaster had to be removed before we could restore the old walls.  Thankfully the client understood this and was willing to hire us to firstly remove the plaster back to the bare brick and start from scratch again using traditional plastering methods.  ie building up lime base coats until the walls were level and flat before fishing with a lime skim coat to make them smooth again.

As the job progressed the client enquired about insulating the old walls as they had been told that it was not possible from another contractor.

“I come across this quite often” was my response to the question and i quickly corrected them.  The client also had reservations about loosing too much of their floor space as the rooms were quite small and asked was there any thin solutions that we could offer.