Thermal image of window/wall junction thermal bridge
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A long term interest in sustainable living ultimately led me to complete an MSc in Sustainability Adaptation and the Built Environment, with Distinction. The course covered many aspects of sustainability, including mitigating the causes and effects of climate change, the complex and sometimes conflicting issues around making sustainable choices, design of sustainable developments at the level of community and individual buildings, and building physics / energy conservation.

My MSc dissertation (available on request) looked at ‘Thermal bridging through timber elements of strawbale walls: exploring its extent, with particular reference to selfbuild projects’. This included analysing standard strawbale construction details, and investigating the improvements in thermal performance of different adaptations to those details. It also involved detailed thermal camera surveys of strawbale buildings, comparing a Passivhaus building with one constructed using the standard details.

I have worked on building sites with strawbale builders and as a self-builder on my own project, (low-carbon/low-energy refurbishment of a 1960s bungalow, with strawbale extension) gaining experience in all stages of construction and planning.



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