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innovative roof materials provide healthier homes

3 November 2021 - Latest news

A scheme to install new roofing technology is improving homes in a County Durham town.

Nearly 80 homes in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland have received new roofs as part of a huge programme to upgrade affordable homes in the area. The believe housing properties were re-roofed with Viking Air, Glidevale Protect’s new air and vapour permeable roofing membranes to avoid the need for additional ventilation in the roofspace.

The roofing underlay is installed under the roof tiles and aims to improve ventilation and air circulation within homes, helping to make the homes healthier for residents.

The Viking Air material can make a particular improvement in older homes, which weren’t originally designed with ventilation in their eaves or high levels of insulation. The work is being carried out with Glidevale Protect and EQUANS.

Following a successful trial, the membrane installation is now taking place in approximately 200 homes in Central Durham.

Building Surveyor at believe housing, Daryl Reed, said: “We decided to modify our specification for re-roofing and use an air permeable membrane to give a better standard of ventilation. A lot of our homes were originally constructed without ventilation in their eaves, so this material promotes increased natural ventilation and creates a healthier home.”

Senior Product Manager at Glidevale Protect, John Mellor commented: “We are delighted that believe housing has successfully trialled this innovative pitched roofing membrane, which has the highest air and vapour permeability of its type on the market. Ventilation to the roofspace is paramount to contribute positively to health and wellbeing of tenants. Viking Air delivers a solution without the requirement for additional ventilation. We look forward to working closely with all teams as the membrane is rolled out for further housing upgrades in the region.”

The installation of the air permeable roofing at Woodhouse Close is part of a £138m programme to improve existing affordable homes in the region by believe housing. The 10-year home improvement project will make homes cheaper to run and high-quality affordable housing provisions in scores of communities stretching from rural Weardale to the coast. The refurbishments are being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors EQUANS.

Alan Maskell, Refurbishment Director at EQUANS, said: “We actively support and encourage our partners in utilising new technologies and trialling new ideas which will ultimately benefit the lives of residents.

“Assisting believe housing in using the new air permeable membrane in their homes, will be a positive boost for residents. Hopefully, if the trial is successful, many more of believe housing’s residents will be able to benefit in the future.”

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