Archive for the ‘Wall Systems’ 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



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 Cladding

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Barley Store


It was time for the pressure-treated exterior cladding from ASH to go up as the final section of our Wall System.

Long 5 meter planks were passed up the scaffolding to be nailed into place, interlocking each other to create the water-tight finish.



Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The process of air-tightening the building has begun!
On top of the external layer of Spaceloft insulation sits the Pro Clima, the exterior airtight layer as advised by Passive House Australia.
This was boarded roughly in place, and then taped at all the edges and joins to create an airtight wrap around the whole building.

Not surprisingly, the windows proved to be the tricky parts, although it was very important that we had a completely airtight building so as to utilise both the geothermal heat as well as the heat recovery system from Passive House. (more…)

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.

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Days 2 and 3

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Barley Store

Day two of the prefabricated installation went rapidly. The third and the fourth stories were assembled, the riggers doing a fantastic job to get all the pieces up there by crane safely and in one piece.
On the final day of the assembly the third story and rooftop went up, completing the assembly process. The final piece was the wooden beams that create the ‘roof’ of the rooftop hot-tub.

To watch the whole time-lapse video see subsequent posts or head to our YouTube channel at Barley Store.

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Day 1

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

The day has come! The walls, floors and roof arrived, with the truck driver from DWTT reversing down our narrow lane-way with his semitrailer.
Melbourne Cranes set up their crane, and began to lift the layers on top of the hollow block work. As with most prefabricated things, we hit a bit of a snag on the first layer, and had to make a few minor adjustments to the first roof/floor, but after that it began to go up smoothly.

Please also have a look at the time-lapse of the assembly process on our YouTube channel, Barley Store.