Archive for the ‘Insulation’ Category

What’s in our Wall System?

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

Our Wall Systems comprises of 12 components – all doing their bit to conserve energy.
Both on the inside and the outside of the Wall System is Zero VOC Paint and Stain. Most paints or stains release toxic emissions into the air even after that ‘new paint smell’ disappears. These toxins are VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, which improves the performance and longevity of paint. Until recently, these were essential to the manufacturing of paint, however our fellow environmentalist consumers have demanded the development of low-VOC or zero-VOC paints and finishes. Companies have refined their formulas, and are producing finishes that are as cost effective and durable as VOC paint, but also less harmful to the environment.

The stain drying

The stain drying


Blower Door Test

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s no use trying to create an airtight home if you don’t know how airtight it actually is!
To help us find out how we had gone as far as making our building airtight, John from Efficiency Matrix came round to conduct a Blower Door Test.

Part of the test is wrapping or covering the obvious places where the air would be leaking – so all the windows and doors. (more…)


Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

Another truck driver did extremely well to reverse down the lane and deliver the Fiberock Aqua-Tough plaster boards from USG Boral.

Fiberock plasterboard is part of our Wall System, and are 95% recycled in their production. They are designed to be demountable and reusable, with consideration given the product’s complete life-cycle.

Once the measurements have been taken, these boards are being cut to size and then installed over the building.

Exterior Insulation

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

On the exterior of the building we tacked a layer of Aerogel‘s Spaceloft, a compressed insulation blanket capable of protecting against temperatures between -40 and 200 degrees Celsius.

For more information on the overall insulation process, see our Wall Systems section in The Build.

Interior Insulation

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

The insulation began to be stuffed in around the frames on the inside of the building.
The first layer of insulation inside was the insulation batts. We had a mixture of RAMS’s part-wool-part-recycled-polyester batts, and GreenStuf’s 100% recycled polyester batts.

Once these were in place, a layer of Phase Change Material was stapled over the top, for extra climate control.

For more information on the Phase Change Material and insulation process, see our Wall Systems section in The Build.