“In our wish to reduce our carbon footprint and help in the fight against the climate crisis, we swapped our gas boiler for an air source heat pump. We did, however, realise that to make the best use of the heat pump we needed to externally insulate the non cavity walls of our 1930s semi. We did some research and Urbane Eco looked the best choice, and this proved to be correct. The team were friendly and helpful and the workmanship excellent. We were also pleased that the company offered us the option to make an ecological choice by using external insulation made of wood fibre.”
The following pictures were taken during the finishing touches at our job over in Knowle, Bristol. The customer said the following:
“Been delighted the whole way through…”
This loft conversion featured the construction of a ‘warm’ roof. For more information about what a ‘warm’ roof is, and it’s benefits, please see our blog-
Back elevation with wood fibre insulation and lime renders.
Brand new kitchen.
We use wood fibre for insulation. For more information about the use of natural materials in sustainable build, please see our blog-
This mid terraced house in St George had no insulation whatsoever.
The customer chose wood fibre insulation for the rear elevation. Also, the front garden wall rebuilt and new pipes and guttering installed.
Here are some before photos:
The next photo shows the wood fibre boards being fixed onto the walls before the render is applied.
Once the work is finished you can really see the difference, even down to the smaller details such as the new, neat, windowsill covers and the guttering down the side of the house.
Our customers were very pleased with the outcome and are already enjoying the benefits of a more environmentally friendly home.
This end terraced house in Easton had no insulation to the front and side.
We installed 100mm Wood Fibre with render system and top coat to the front, and 90mm EPS also with render system and top coat to the side. This will undoubtedly improve the efficiency of the home, as the insulation gives it that ‘tea-cosy effect’ by retaining heat better in the walls.
Our customer chose a striking blue colour which really finishes off the work and has made it look much more cheerful. The end result is much more pleasing than before, and will guarantee our customer a much more comfortable environment to live in.
This mid-terrace in Bedminster had no insulation to the front or rear. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, the residents of the property, came to us after viewing some houses we had worked on close to theirs.
“Urbane Eco had installed EWI on a number of Victorian Houses in our area, so we could see the quality of their work and we were able to ask local residents about the post installation results.”
Here are some photographs of the house before:
After Nick had carried out his survey on the property, our client decided to go ahead with the Wood Fibre.
“Nick is very knowledgable about the different systems available and he provided details of the 3 systems that were suitable for our property. We opted for the Wood Fibre product as this had been consistently recommended by the other home owners we spoke to.”
We installed 100mm of Wood Fibre with render system and top coat to the front and rear. We also rendered the garden wall in the same colour to give it a coordinated, neat finish.
Mr & Mrs. Thomas chose to have different colour’s on the front and rear of the house, they found the final result much more aesthetically pleasing than it was before.
“One of the benefits was the total transformation in the exterior look of our home – the final render used comes in a variety of colours, and the resale value of our home has now increased because it is better insulated.”
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas were left seeing an improvement to the feel of their home almost immediately, saying;
“The results were very noticeable even before the work was completed, the house felt warmer as soon as the insulation was fixed in place – we have since noticed the heating does not need to work so hard to maintain a consistent inside temperature.”
Wood fibre is very dense and has good thermal mass, meaning it will hold heat better. It is also an environmentally friendly product in the way that it is manufactured and the way that it reduces energy costs in the home. Anyone would also agree that the final finish of the work looks great and is a definite improvement. A win – win situation all round!
This mid-terrace in Eastville had no insulation at the front:
We installed 100mm of wood fibre insulation with render system and top coat, and we also removed the bay window roof, replacing it with an insulated flat roof. This increased the area insulated and therefore the efficiency of the house. The original stonework around the door and the first floor window was retained as requested by the customer:
This large and complex eco-friendly loft conversion is nearly complete. This has been an exciting project to get our teeth stuck into, and the customers are very pleased with the work.
This house is a 1900 solid wall mid-terrace. The solid walls were allowing a lot of heat to escape, making the house inefficient and expensive to heat.
We installed 100mm of Diffutherm wood fibre external wall insulation with reinforced render to the rear elevation. Wood fibre has excellent thermal insulation performance while also having good thermal mass, meaning heat is held in the walls rather than escaping. The insulation is breathable and helps to keep humidity levels at healthy levels in the home. Wood fibre is also an environmentally friendly product, using comparatively low energy in its manufacture, and being primarily made from waste wood from saw mills.
The customer commented:
‘When the heating is on, the difference is mainly when sitting close to external walls – they used to make you feel cold, even when the air temperature in the room was reasonable. Condensation on walls, which was considerable in certain parts of the house, is hardly a problem now.
When the heating is off, the house takes much longer to cool down, and feels comfortable for much longer. This is a huge difference, as it means that sitting at a desk when the heating is off doesn’t require two jumpers and a duvet…’
Photos of the finished job:
Here we extended the roof:
This large solid brick wall was crying out for some insulation!
We installed 100mm Diffutherm Wood Fibre and the customer chose a really striking blue render colour:
House is much more pleasant, cozy, warms up faster and stays warm. Air is at a more friendly temperature and all the stuff in cupboards and cellar which back onto the wall are much drier and warmer.
Fires draw much better and light much more easily with warm chimneys.
Very pleased with the insulation; Had lots of compliments on our huge blue wall from passers by and people interested in external wall insulation.”
We applied 90mm Graphite EPS insulation to this house in Greenbank. The customer, Dave, said “The back bedroom, which was previously so cold, is now our baby’s room. It’s definitely warmer, and the damp and condensation have reduced significantly. There’s a noticeable change in the ambient temperature of the rooms.”
As you can see from the photos below, the exterior appearance of the house is similar, though Dave and his family chose a different render colour.