In addition to providing advice on Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings we are also interested in other contemporary solutions to meet the challenges presented by global climate change.
For example, straw bale buildings – a method that uses straw bales as structural elements, insulation or both. The use of straw bales is typically found in ‘natural’ building projects, or earthen construction, and while historically it has been a common form of building material in many parts of the world, it has received increased attention more recently due to its sustainable properties.
- Straw bales are made from a low-cost product.
- Insulation values of R-30 – R-35 can be achieved.
- The thickness of straw bale walls can help reflect sunlight into a room at openings, and provide space for window seats.
- They are relatively easy and cost-efficient to install.
- Straw bales have a low-embodied energy.
- With good maintenance, straw bale construction is very durable.
- Straw bales are 100% biodegradable.
- Properly-constructed straw bale walls can offer better fire resistance than timber frame construction.
Other sustainable, natural materials include:
- Wood fibre boards
- Wood wool boards
- Sheep’s wool
- Foam glass
- The range of natural, environmentally friendly and sustainable building materials is extensive and combine to fulfil a variety of functions within the construction process
Please get in touch if you are looking for further advice.
Jeremy Richardson – AssocRICS, RICS Registered Valuer, BA Hons, MRPSA, DRSV – BCR Surveyors
Courses & Awards
- RICS Registered Valuer
- Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation
- BA (Hons) History & Landscape Archaeology
- Understanding Building Conservation – endorsed by English Heritage
- Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings
- Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings
- Repair and Maintenance of Traditional (pre-1919) Buildings
- Understanding Heritage Impact Assessments
- Member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
- Associate Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS)
- Member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association
- Member of the Weald and Downland Museum
- Your Surveyor
- Your Independent Property Adviser
- Bespoke Private Client Guidance – for buyers and sellers
- Over 35 years property industry experience