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AECB Cumbria Group: Practical Airtightness for Contractors

September 25, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am


Airtightness is an issue which cannot be ignored and as we get ever-closer to zero carbon homes excellent standards will have to be achieved in all new homes. Architects are paying close attention to the design but throughout the construction phase as a builder you’ll need to ensure the airtightness specification is implemented on site and ensure the integrity of the air barrier is maintained though out the whole build, airtightness isn’t something that can be sorted out easily at air pressure test stage. Achieving airtightness is important for the energy efficiency of dwellings and the comfort of occupants, without it the insulation installed will not perform to the calculated U-value.

Join us in informal surroundings at Ecological Building Systems training centre where you’ll get the opportunity to have a go on their ‘life size’ training wall – Training will cover installing insulation to achieve optimum results followed by installing airtightness membranes, tapes and seals to achieve the best results for a robust, durable and healthy building free from moisture related issues.

The AECB Cumbria Local Group would like to express their thanks to Ecological Building Systems for hosting this event, together with providing the materials and trainers – it’s going to be a great morning!

Please note that places are normally limited to one per email address/business. Please contact the organiser if your business needs additional places.

This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival which brings ideas, inspiration and skills to green up your home, business or even your community. For further information, please visit:


Ilias Igoumenidis

Technical Support Engineer at Ecological Building Systems. Born and raised in Greece, Ilias graduated from the Polytechnic school of Civil Engineers of Patras University and for many years ran his own Design and Construction company prior to moving to the UK. Since 2013, he has been heavily involved with low energy consumption in building projects. He was the first person in the Hellenic Passive House Institute to gain the International Certification of a Certified Passive House Designer. Ilias played a significant part of the first Certified Passive House project [Enerphit] in the south eastern Mediterranean area “Passivistas”. Recent projects that Ilias has been involved with include:

  • Agar Grove, London Borough of Camden, 500 affordable homes for new and existing tenants, putting energy performance and fuel poverty top of the agenda, Hawkins\Brown Architects.
  • Glen Cottage, Allonby, Cumbria, internal and external renovation of solid stone property with Diathonite Evolution system.
  • St Leonards, Chelsea, London, renovation with Diathonite Evolution and Calsitherm climate board systems, Design & Visual Concepts contractors.

Fintan Wallace

Fintan Wallace is an Architectural Technologist at Ecological Building Systems. Graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Architectural Technology, it was here in D.I.T’s Bolton Street where Fintan developed a strong interest in low energy and Passivhaus design. From here he continued his studies becoming both a Certified European Passivhaus designer and tradesperson. Fintan has travelled to Baden Württemberg in Germany to study passive housing and sustainable energy technology, gaining significant knowledge regarding the use of natural insulations in timber frame and solid wall constructions. Latterly Fintan has been involved extensively in a deep energy retrofit of a property to the Enerphit standard in the west of Ireland. Recent projects that Fintan has been involved with include:

  • Vitsoe, CLT Factory, Gutex and pro clima systems, Waugh Thistleton Architects.
  • Chelsea Barracks refurbishment, pro clima systems.
  • Lower Royd Farm, Passivhaus refurbishment with Diathonite.


September 25, 2019
8:30 am - 11:00 am
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Ecological Building Systems UK Ltd
Cardewlees, Barras Brow
Cumbria, CA5 6LF United Kingdom
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