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

Wednesday, 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.

Devon Cottage – A day in the life of…

Wednesday, 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!