Nuaire, the market leader in the design and manufacture of commercial and domestic energy efficient ventilation systems, and Energyflo, experts in dynamic insulation technology for both new build and retrofit projects, have teamed up to complete an innovative carbon reduction retrofit project for Willmott Dixon and South Cambridgeshire Council.
Rampton Drift is a development of properties in Longstanton, Cambridge. Willmott Dixon, main contractor for the project, was looking to explore different retrofit technologies in a bid to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Alan Cochran, Technical Director for Wilmott Dixon, said: "Dynamic Insulation was selected because it is one simple solution that easily integrates the insulation and ventilation system to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality."
Leading the design consultation process was PRP Architects, which specified Energyflo's dynamic insulation to be retrofitted to the properties' external walls. , Nuaire was appointed to provide the ventilation solution to meet the carbon reduction objectives of the project.
Andrew Peacock, Technical Director from Energyflo said: "One of the key aspects of our unique technology is that we can deliver the solid wall U-values in hard to treat buildings well beyond any other external wall insulation from a thinner and less intrusive build footprint.
"We chose to work with Nuaire because they are leaders in ventilation technology and could provide the technical support needed. Nuaire's Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) technology integrates easily with dynamic insulation to provide one simple solution, which is highly effective yet hidden in the home, reducing household bills for occupants".
The Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, recently visited Rampton Drift to witness the homes piloting the Government's new 'Green Deal' initiative.
Launching next year, Green Deal supports the implementation of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses to reduce energy usage and save fuel costs.
Andy Mudie, Marketing Manager from Nuaire, said: "we have been using Positive Input Ventilation for both existing and new properties for many years. PIV is an ideal retrofit solution as it is easy to install and unobtrusive. The Rampton Drift project has been an opportunity to link ventilation and dynamic insulation to create an exciting new low carbon solution ."
Following on from the success of Rampton Drift, similar projects are being undertaken elsewhere in a bid to lower fuel costs, reduce energy usage in existing housing stock and go some way to helping the country towards its carbon reduction commitment.