Client: Bradford Community Housing Trust
Contractor: Slimline Building Services
Type of works: supply of weber.therm XM and weber.therm TF.
Five tower blocks, owned by Bradford Community Housing Trust, have undergone extensive refurbishment including external wall insulation works, provided by Weber. The refurbishment also included new central heating, kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors and fencing. The addition of a wind turbine of the top of each block will generate approximately 3,000 watts of power to light up communal areas. This has reduced energy costs.
Keeping in line with the project's energy-friendly theme, Weber specified the weber.therm XM external wall insulation system for the development.
With insulation requirements for construction steadily rising, the specification of the insulated render system weber.therm XM enveloped and protected the blocks, eliminating cold bridging and interstitial condensation. The insulation thickness provided created a thermal equilibrium for both blocks without encroaching on the existing living space or increasing the building foundation footprint. Locating the insulation on the outside ensures that the supporting wall construction falls in to the warm zone and is thus kept warm and dry. The supporting structure contributes to insulation levels and where masonry structures are present, acts as a heat store.
The refurbishment was carried out with little disruption to the tenants.