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TeploTie is the Wall Tie of choice for Aston Homes’ latest energy-efficient dwelling

December 8th, 2010

Below is our latest Press Release, courtesy of Ancon, which explains our choice of wall tie at our latest development, Devon Cottage.

Ancon TeploTie wall ties have been installed by Aston Homes on Devon Cottage, a distinctive energy-efficient property in Cookham Dean, Berkshire.

Aston Homes creates desirable dwellings that minimise the use of natural resources and offer low-maintenance, sustainable living for residents. Designed by architect Richard Clark, Devon Cottage is a new super-insulated four bed detached family home which is in keeping with this corporate vision.

The property has been sympathetically designed with a brick façade to blend with the surrounding conservation area. The addition of rainwater harvesting and wood burning stoves enhance the sustainability of the home and the self-sufficiency of the occupants.

“At Aston Homes we combine solid traditional building techniques with modern technology to create properties that are built to last and built to preserve natural resources” says Jeremy Caine, Managing Director of Aston Homes.

The masonry walls contribute to the energy efficiency of the property. The walls comprise a traditional brick external leaf, a 260mm full-fill cavity and a 140mm wide blockwork inner leaf.

The cavity is more than twice that of the average masonry build, demanding wall ties which are 400mm long, and Aston Homes began their search for a supplier.

“We found two Ancon wall ties long enough to accommodate the wide cavity in our Devon Cottage development” says Jeremy.

“One was the Ancon Two-Part Tie made of stainless steel and the other was the TeploTie, manufactured from basalt fibres. The latter offers a lower thermal conductivity”.

“The TeploTie range is available in lengths up to 425mm so they are ideal for the Devon Cottage’s wider wall construction, as well as its broader overall energy-efficient design.”

The TeploTie forms part of Ancon’s low thermal conductivity wall tie range. These products improve the energy efficiency of masonry cavity walls.

Like all fixings which cross the insulated cavity, wall ties can act as a thermal bridge allowing heat to escape from a building. The Ancon range minimises heat transfer and eliminates the need to install additional insulation to compensate for the effects of thermal bridging. TeploTie has a thermal conductivity of just 0.7W/mK and is therefore excluded from U-value calculation to EN ISO 6946.

Ancon supplies bright white end caps with TeploTie orders. These caps are temporarily located on the ties when they are left protruding from a part-built wall to alert site workers and visitors to their presence.

Devon Cottage is being constructed with the environment in mind and is using locally sourced materials wherever possible. Masonry walls and concrete floors increase thermal mass which will help to maintain stable room temperatures, and particular attention is being paid to the airtightness of the structure. These are all key elements in the design and build of sustainable, comfortable living environments and can be achieved easily with standard masonry construction techniques.

Click here to view on Ancon Website.

Aston Homes Scoops Top National Award for High Wycombe Development

November 19th, 2010

Press Release – 19/11/10

Buckinghamshire based developer Aston Homes is overjoyed at being one of only ten companies in the UK to receive a prestigious ‘Building for Life’ award for its work.  The company received the award for its exclusive ‘Cometa’ development in High Wycombe, which was described by judges as being ‘an exceptional suburban infill scheme which deserves to be celebrated’.

Cometa is a small development of 12 contemporary luxury apartments set in landscaped communal gardens situated two miles from the centre of High Wycombe. The development received a silver Building For Life standard in October along with 54 other projects around the country, before being one of only a few to go on to receive a sought after Building for Life award this month (November).  The judge’s decision was based on the development’s design, character, location and construction.

Jeremy Caine, managing director at Aston Homes, says:  “Receiving a Building for Life award for Cometa is the best accolade Aston Homes could hope for.  The report that was created by the Building for Life judges provides in great detail how we have, together with local architect Richard Clark, developed a high quality residential environment for the town and its residents.

“The report also provides feedback from the people living in and around the development.  One of our tenants said they love living at Cometa because of the openness and the light spaces that have been created; and the views and the close presence of nature on both sides of the building.”

Jeremy Caine says the motivation behind the Cometa project was to create a development that ticked all the boxes in terms of design, yet exceeded the criteria set out in the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.  “Cometa is in line with the government’s ‘Zero Carbon Homes by 2016’ initiative,” he says.  “However, we have taken things a step further by adding some sophisticated features so that it is easy for the tenants to sustain an environmental lifestyle on a day to day basis once they have moved in.  This all makes Cometa a prime example of how development should be for a modern age and we are delighted that the Building For Life judges – as well as our tenants – agree.”

Building for Life, which is run by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF), is the national standard for well designed homes and neighbourhoods.  Each year outstanding schemes that achieved a Building for Life standard are selected by the Building for Life judging panel to receive a Building for Life award.  The winners were announced at a London based event on the 18th November, 2010, which was attended by Jeremy Caine, Richard Clark and a representative of Wycombe District Council.

Councillor Jean Teesdale, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Sustainability said:  “I would like to offer my congratulations to all those involved with the planning and building of this development.  The Cometa apartments are an attractive addition to High Wycombe and proof that quality design and good value can go hand in hand. The Building for Life award is a fantastic achievement and something for future developers to aspire to.”

Striking Development ticks boxes to win…says the Maidenhead Advertiser

November 5th, 2010

Our recent announcement of our Building for Life Silver Standard which was awarded for our Cometa Development has been covered by the Maidenhead Advertiser in this weeks (4 November) publication.

Devon Cottage – A day in the life of…

October 6th, 2010

This is Devon Cottage the latest of our developments.

Devon Cottage is a single detached 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom family home now under construction in Cookham Dean, Berkshire.

The home will be built using traditional methods and handmade materials and has been sympathetically designed to blend in with its surroundings in a beautiful conservation area. The home is being constructed with the main aim of improving its energy efficiency, this will be achieved through a number of different building construction methods, which will be demonstrated and explained throughout the course of this Blog update.

We initially constructed an outbuilding on the property to give the local authority a pallet of the materials to be used for the completed home utilising handmade locally sourced bricks, traditional lime mortar and handmade roof tiles. The materials were selected to be sympathetic and in keeping with the local environment.

The Outbuilding at Devon Cottage

The Outbuilding showing the choice of handmade roof tiles

Handmade locally sourced bricks

With the outbuilding now complete, and the local authorities confident in our selection of materials, work on the main house commenced.

The construction of the main house began with the excavation of a basement followed with the laying of the Caltite concrete system which will help in achieving good thermal mass for the home.

The development of the site is progressing well and the concrete first floor is due imminently.  The home will be constructed with thick concrete walls and middle floors to increase thermal mass with attention to the air tightness of the structure thereby further enhancing the energy efficiency of the building.

We will be updating this Blog as the site progresses, so watch this space!

Welcome to our new website

October 6th, 2010

After months of hard work and deliberation our new website is now finally complete!

At Aston Homes we are committed to creating a sustainable way of life through the homes that we build. Whilst we work towards the Zero Carbon requirements for 2016 we appreciate that this is a journey and there are many lessons to be learned and new technologies to be embraced, whilst still being mindful of the additional costs this implies for our end customers. Our aim is to start taking steps towards these requirements by building homes using traditional methods, and a set of basic sustainable principles, such as thermal mass, insulation, and air tightness.

Working on our website with our marketing company GMH Marketing has been a journey and experience for us, a pleasant one we have to say. We hope that you will find our new website interesting and informative. If you have any feedback which you think may be of benefit to us, we would love to hear from you.

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Cometa gets Building for Life Silver Standard

September 21st, 2010

It is with much excitement that we announce that our development Cometa, in Kingsmead Road, High Wycombe has become the first completed residential scheme in the Buckinghamshire District to receive a ‘Building for Life’ Silver Standard.

The scheme judged by a national Building for Life panel was praised for providing both good quality homes and contributing positively to the character and street scene along Kingsmead Road.

Building for Life is a partnership led by CABE and the Home Builders Federation.  CABE is statutory body for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Building for Life is an initiative which promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry.  The Building for Life standard is awarded to housebuilders  who demonstrate a commitment to high design standards, good place making and sustainable development.

For more information and images of the development click here.