Devon Cottage, Berkshire   Teplo Tie
 Davon Cottage  TeploTie


Teplo Tie has been installed by Aston Homes on Devon Cottage, a distinctive energy-efficient property in Cookham Dean, Berkshire. Aston Homes create desirable dwellings that minimise the use of natural resources and offer low-maintenance sustainable living for residents. Designed by architect Richard Clark, Devon Cottage is a new super-insulated four bed detached family home which is in keeping with this corporate vision.

The property has been sympathetically designed with a brick façade to blend with the surrounding conservation area. The addition of rainwater harvesting and wood burning stoves enhance the sustainability of the home and the self-sufficiency of the occupants.

“At Aston Homes we combine solid traditional building techniques with modern technology to create properties that are built to last and built to preserve natural resources”says Jeremy Caine, Managing Director of Aston Homes.

The masonry walls contribute to the energy efficiency of the property. The walls comprise a traditional brick external leaf, a 260mm full-fill cavity and a 140mm wide blockwork inner leaf.

The cavity is more than twice that of the average masonry build, demanding wall ties which are 400mm long, and Aston Homes began their search for a supplier.

“We found two Ancon wall ties long enough to accommodate the wide cavity in our Devon Cottage development”says Jeremy.

“One was the Ancon Two-Part Tie made of stainless steel and the other was the TeploTie, manufactured from basalt fibres. The latter offers a lower thermal conductivity”.

“The TeploTie range is available in lengths up to 425mm so they are ideal for the Devon Cottage’s wider wall construction, as well as its broader overall energy-efficient design.”

Devon Cottage was constructed with the environment in mind and used locally sourced materials wherever possible. Masonry walls and concrete floors increase thermal mass which help to maintain stable room temperatures, and particular attention is being paid to the airtightness of the structure. These are all key elements in the design and build of sustainable, comfortable living environments and can be achieved easily with standard masonry construction techniques.

July 2009

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