Modern buildings need to cool down

Spring is coming (slowly) but not everyone will be welcoming the warmer weather. Some of the modern and well-insulated buildings that offer ultra-low heating bills throughout the winter can become fatally warm as the mercury rises. Has insulation become too effective?

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Structural insulation is incredibly effective at keeping heat inside a building and modern building regulations have increased the minimum standards to minimise energy use. Continue reading

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Keep Hot Water Hot To Beat Legionella

The legionella bacterium is deadly and tepid water is its breeding ground. Keeping water hot doesn’t just save energy – it can save lives too.

The role of insulation in preventing Legionella disease

It’s one of those frustrating things that everyone has encountered – you turn the hot tap on and the water runs cold for a minute or more. What most people aren’t aware of is that this can be more than just frustrating – domestic hot water (DHW) is designed to be maintained at temperatures of more than 60°C for the specific purpose of preventing bacterial growth.

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