GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
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PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
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CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
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AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
All of us who own dogs know how much connection and love between a pet and the owner can be, and so we want to provide the best possible living conditions to the best of our ability.
Whether your dog is kept inside or outside the home, he/she should have its own space - a home, which will be just his/her territory and a place where the dog sleeps and spends all the time when not playing with you or simply exploring the environment, which all dogs indisputably do.
We will first address the dogs who live in the yard and their cottages and, apart from ideas, we will list some of the best ways to insulate his cottage during cold days, which could be a DIY project.
There are several different ways to heat your dog's house, whether you want to use electricity to heat it or not. These options may not be sustainable for all owners, however, most owners should be able to insulate their dog's house without too much effort. The good side is that none of these methods, or insulation materials, cost much.
1. Fibreglass insulation
Fiberglas is quite affordable and very easy to install as only a couple of heavy scissors are required for cutting, and will keep your dog's house more comfortable than most other materials on this list.
However, we must emphasize that fibreglass insulation is quite irritating to the skin and lungs if the fibres get into the air, so you will need to take some precautions while handling this material and to make sure that the dog does not come in direct contact with it.
If there are hollow walls in your dog's house, you can simply push it inside. If the walls of your dog's house are solid, you should glue or fasten the fibreglass fabric to the inside of the walls and cover it with plastic or wooden panels.
2. Bubble wrap
This pile of tiny air pockets can make a great insulator. It's also easy to install and you won't need to use any special tools.
Note that we are not talking about a bubble wrap used for packing things, but a special bubble wrap that is coated in a thin layer of aluminium and designed specifically for insulation. Of course, if you are not able to place this one, that plain wrapper will work as well.
Ensure that you adhere bubbles to some wooden or plastic sheets to prevent them from being chewed or otherwise damaged by the dog.
Although the most obvious choice, styrofoam is not the longest durable material and will not last long in your dog's house if left exposed.
The best way to use Styrofoam to insulate your dog's house is by cutting a series of foam boards that fit the inside walls, ceiling, and floor of the house. Touch, fasten, or glue the panels in place, then cover each cover with a piece of wood or durable, custom-sized plastic.
4. Expanding foam spray
You will start by cutting a set of wooden or plastic sheets and attaching them to the inside of your dog's house. Leave space between panels and walls, as well as a few holes through which to spray foam.
If your dog's house has hollow walls, you can give up the panelling and just fill the inside of the cavity with foam. Before spraying, look and plan as this foam expands immediately.
5. Reflective foil
Reflective insulation products are probably the best option for many dog owners because they are easy to set up, relatively affordable, and very efficient, and make your dog's body heat reflect.
This type of foil can be used in conjunction with most other types of insulation.
Once you have insulated the walls of your dog's house, you should also pay attention to the floor, since a lot of the cold comes from the ground. You can do this with a newspaper, linens, a piece of carpet, or place a dogs’ bed inside the cottage.
Of course, by your habits and abilities, you will maybe place the dog in your home as well. There is a different problem - regardless of the size and age of the dog, it can be difficult to set up a dog’s cottage in your house or to find a place so that the house remains functional and comfortable for you and him/her.
We have some ideas that can inspire you when you make a house or sleeping place for your ‘indoor’ dog: