No posts for a while now, a perfect storm of internet problems combined with lots to do as the weather worsens! Following the insulating of the roof the pressure was on to get the breather membrane secured over the top, and to continue the external insulation of the walls, ultimately wrapping the whole building in breather membrane ready for cladding. The breather membrane works like a gore-tex coat, keeping water in a liquid state out whilst allowing water vapour trapped within the structure to escape. High winds led to a few hairy moments, and lots of extra battens used to secure flapping membrane.
The windows have been delivered - made of timber but fully finished and glazed in the factory they're warrantied for 30yrs against rot/ fungal attack. We installed the bigger windows to the south elevation to reduce the wind tunnel effect - as the membrane goes up more windows will be fitted.
Floor joists have been fitted to the central zone forming a link between the two ends at first floor level, adding a handrail seemed like a good idea. Rooflights have arrived, but won't be fitted until the new year now.
Mike Hawkins is a co-op member and is responsible for the design and management of the build. He'll also live in it when its finished - hooray! He teaches future architects at Leicester DeMontfort and Birmingham City universities.