Progress after three weeks

Angie helps to build the shuttering!
Angie helps to build the shuttering!

The shuttering has been built for the basement slab which is the very base of the house. Within this is fitted the special insulation and eventually the waterproof concrete will be poured up to the the top of the shuttering

Tom smoothing the blinding
Tom smoothing the blinding

With the base flat Tom & James start to lay two layers of 60mm Styrodur insulation. This is a special non-compressible form of expanded polysyrene which is laid as overlapping waterproof boards.

Insulation in place waiting for the concrete
Insulation in place waiting for the concrete

With all the Styrodur in place we are ready for the waterproof membrane which will be laid just before a 50 mm layer of concrete is poured to form a firm base onto which the reinforced concrete slab can be built.

Eventually more Styrodur will be attached to the walls of the basement so that it sits in a warm envelope which will encapsulate the whole house. This is a key element of the energy saving design.

2 thoughts on “Progress after three weeks”

  1. Wow what a fantastic project! Really enjoying watching the progress at each stage. Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday today and hope you are managing to take a ‘timeout’ to celebrate! Look forward to getting together before too long and hopefully seeing the Lough Down site in person! Congratulations and Good Luck with the build xx

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