Keymer Take Home Owner Back To Massachusetts

A traditional taste of Massachusetts is brought back for the owner of a Cambridge new build, with Keymer's handmade clay tiles adorning the vast roof and gables. The symmetrical, timber framed saltbox styled house, so well known throughout parts of colonial USA, features an unmissable natural red lustre thanks to the many thousands of Keymer's handmade Shire tile range. As is traditional with the saltbox design, one side of the build's roof is greatly elongated, making part of the house just one storey high. Being of such size, it was imperative to make sure that the roof featured nothing but the richest aesthetic compliment - this being handmade clay tiles. Ensuring that both the roof and gables were displayed at their best, the full colour range of Keymer's clay tiles were used - being Priory, Heritage and Downs Red. Creating the right blend meant that the entire house was delivered with a natural beauty that far outshines the use of a single, uniformed shade.

Overall, the project's energy efficiency managed to exceed building regulations by 15% - partly owing to sustainable materials and solar power. To allow the solar panels fitted to the roof to harvest the maximum light, the largest section of the roof had to face south, meaning the gable became street-facing. Due to this, the gable's appearance had to be of the highest standards, hence the use of clay tiles throughout the expanse of both sides.

The crocodiles at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon have no fear of their pools running dry thanks to the Sika Watertight Concrete system. Often associated with keeping water out of structures, in this case the system has been used to keep the water in. Structural Engineers Winward Dexter specified Sika Watertight Concrete for the five pool enclosures within the swamp - an ideal and cost effective solution in fulfilling the design brief for this project. Hanson Premix supplied 200 cubic metres of watertight concrete to the project. Sika Watertight Concrete is based upon two Sika admixtures. Sika Viscocrete Superplasticiser reduces the amount of water required in concrete production, whilst offering good workability and in turn reducing the volume of capillary pores within the concrete. Sika 1+ blocks the pores to give effective protection down to 100 metres head of water.



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Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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