Over here batteries are all the rage, a lot of people believe that everything can run on batteries, planes included ...Media is reporting that the Norwegian state want all vehicles to be fully or part electric within 6 years, and will start expantion of the charging points.
So the expected need for electricity will increase lots. Seems Norway has no other choice than establishing extensive wind farms, unless they accept importing electricity produced by unsustainable means!
When we built the house here, we insulated it to Scandinavian standards, but flipped the layers, as the heat is outside.
The builders have never seen anything like what I wanted.
Our electricity bill is about 20% of what houses built with the (then) standard insulation.
Most newly built private homes are very well insulated today here.
Not only does the bills go down substantially, you also avoid cold air blowing forcefully from every vent.
The latest interesting tech is to build a house using Styrofoam blocks, with internal steel reinforcement and cavities where the concrete is poured.
Called Insulated Concrete Forms or ICF.
Is that also being used in UK these days?
That tech is fantastic, easy to build, and decent insulation. If I did another house here, I would use that tech, and add extra insulation on the inside to make it even better.
I think some very interesting info has surfaced here. I had no clue about storing the excess electricity!
any more info/links would be greatly appreciated.Ive just completed an extension to a college that had insulated concrete form foundations.
The founds were in when I got there but almost everything else above ground is work that me and another bloke did.
The place got a 1.2 on its airtest (the best the main contractor has ever had by some margin) and is insulated with a timber based fibreboard called Pavatherm.
Quite a good system, its 100mm thick tongued and grooved boards, dead easy to put in place and doesn't have that thermal bridging problem.
This is the place...
The build? This is the only link I have which shows it, well and my work table.any more info/links would be greatly appreciated.
I'm going to look further into this. What are the costs like ?I really liked that Pavatherm system, usually adding insulation is a right faff but it really was easy to do.
To be honest though, I would have far rather have made the timber framing from SIPS panels instead of the laminated veneer lumber. That made it more complicated to seal up for the airtest and a slower build in general.
I didn't have a choice in that though.
Fortunately the site agent was one of the best I've ever worked with which considering he was only 25 years old is doing very well indeed.