To prevent thermal bridging throughout the Chester Balmore development in Camden, the latest generation Schöck type KXT thermal break module has been incorporated for its suitability in Passivhaus construction. Once a 1970??s estate, the previous blocks on Chester Road and Balmore Street were in poor condition and refurbishment simply was not a cost-effective option. Rick Mather Architects have developed the project, which is a mixed-use design for around 53 new homes, comprising 27 affordable housing (23 rental and four shared ownership) and 26 for private sale. To achieve PassivHaus standard, property at design stage must show high levels of insulation with minimal thermal bridges, good use of solar and internal heat gains, plus excellent air tightness. Good indoor air quality is provided by a whole-house mechanical ventilation system with efficient heat recovery. The commercial element of the scheme will be rated BREEAM ??very good??. The thermal break module specified for this scheme is the latest generation for concrete-to-concrete applications and the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, has awarded the type KXT with the “low thermal bridge construction” certificate and confirmed its suitability for Passivhaus construction.
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