On Tuesday July 24, a new roof for the HumSS tower was lifted into place. The replacement of the roof has given us a golden opportunity to install roof insulation to current new building standards. Significant amounts of energy can be saved by reducing heat loss from poorly insulated buildings. This installation, along with the window draught proofing that is almost complete in the whole building (HumSS has a lot of windows!) and planned cavity wall insulation, will contribute to significantly improving the insulation of the HumSS building. Similar roof insulation is also currently being installed in the URS building, and together the roof insulation and draught proofing is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the two buildings by 136 tonnes of CO2 per year and save the university over £20,000 per year.


  • Fantastic news, I hope the new roof brings you all the benefits you could possibly want. One little question, can cavity wall insulation cause problems? I’ve read stories about horrendous cavity wall insulation problems and I hope they don’t arise for you!

    • clean-and-green

      Hi, the feasibility study for the cavity wall insulation ultimately concluded the building was not suitable for such insulation; not because of potential damp problems (which always need to be considered carefully) but because of the particularly narrow design of the cavity and the wall construction leaving it liable to thermal bridges being created.

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