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Our physical and spiritual wellbeing is the attribute we value above all, and that sense of personal contentment can be fuelled by the environment we create at home. A building’s fabric, for example, can play a huge part in its acoustic and thermal performance, both of which can affect the occupants’ peace and comfort.
Fabric of choice
The materials we choose for our buildings and the way we apply them will go a long way to dictating the quality of our inner spaces. For instance, good insulation and thick walls in houses act as excellent energy savers and equalise short-term temperature fluctuations optimally, regardless of conditions outside.
When it comes to construction and design, each builder has their own set of objectives. For example, if interior climate control is the aim, this is best achieved with brick and plaster-based walls. Good sound insulation and protection against ‘electosmog’ is attainable when concrete and plaster is applied. For good room acoustics and climate regulation, a solid wood is the ideal solution.
Quality insulation ensures a balanced indoor climate and increases overall living comfort. An uninsulated house requires 2.5 times more energy in comparison to an insulated one, resulting in energy wastage of more than 50%. This means uninsulated houses are not only more expensive to run and less comfortable to live in, they are likely to be more susceptible to thermal-bridging, moisture, damp and mould which overtime can lead to health issues for the occupier.
Moisture-regulating, mineralic, pollutant-free plasters are capable of regulating the interior climate on their own. Breathable, lime-based products are the ideal choice for anyone with a preference for natural building materials. These plasters work in a similar way to the human lung. With a microporous texture, they form a huge climate-regulating surface with tiny pores and absorb a large quantity of moisture within a short time, and when room humidity is low, they gradually release the moisture back into the surrounding environment. When applied to masonry or boards this leads to a significant reduction of room-based humidity peaks to ensure a balanced and pleasant indoor climate.
Whether at home, work, school or socialising in theatres, restaurants and bars, we spend 90% of our lives indoors. It is therefore important that the spaces we inhabit optimise our comfort and wellbeing, because it’s how we feel on the inside that counts.