Category Archives: Window/Door Installation

Window Blinds

Window Blinds

I have been looking for a simple cost efficient way of installing blinds on some of the bedroom windows. The windows are nearly 3 metres above the ground and 2.1 metres wide. I did not want a manual method of using long cords hanging down to the floor level because of the child safety risk.

The blinds only purpose is to block out summer light at night. There are solutions for the outside which are the norm across Europe but these I deem too complex. These same units have multiple purposes such as security, provide darkness and reducing solar gain. The simplest to maintain I feel are shown below from one of the following suppliers . The units will not be used every day (unnecessary in the winter) so they should be reliable. The prices start at around 80 Euro.

For the above I have installed cables to supply power rather than use the solar option. These cables can then be fed from one central point with the appropriate voltage from say a battery charged by solar. I also installed the wiring so that a manual switch can be installed rather than using a mobile phone.

What will be important for the above is to find a blind mechanism that is smooth and reliable. Some of the online prices for these appear to be around €90 for 2.1 meter wide and 1 meter long.

If one wants to go the traditional way then the video below may be helpful. When I priced internal motorised blinds in Ireland they were costing around €400 each.

Window/Door Thermal Bridge Detail

Installation Detail

Below is the plan to deal with the window/door threshold detail to minimise thermal bridging and provide airtightness.

The window sits on a 30mm piece of Compacfoam . I used Compacfoam 200. I rebated the Compacfoam under the window so that the floor boards would fit under the window and sit on the non rebated edge.

frame mounted on compacfoam with a routed rebate
Compacfoam 30mm with rebate (Used router to rebate)

I placed 15mm Compacfoam along the lenght of the window and glued these with Orcon F.  The direction of the Compacfoam will determine the floor board direction.

compacfoam
Strips of Compacfoam

I then used 15mm Aerogel to seal around the Compacfoam. Under the window I installed the Proclima profil tape so that I could tape the Intello membrane later.

I left the centre protection tape in place on the Intello profil so that the wooden floor would go in as far as possible on the membrane.

aerogel
Aerogel 15mm

The Intello membrane was then taped ensuring that it was placed as near to the window as possible .  I taped the membrane to the floor . This finished the detail.

proclima
Proclima Solitex Plus in place

An example of the possible future wooden floor sample in place is seen below or stone/slate or marble finish.

floor board

I will first seal the floor with a product from Lakeland paint in the UK in order to minimise dust. (It looks like a very high eco specification sealer ).

I then plan to install a marble /stone slab to bridge the gap and connect this to the wooden floor.

 

 

Window Wall Build Up

Batten and Counter Batten fixing

Below are a few images of the build-up I used around the windows. The first image shows the batten (45x40mm planed ) build up on the window wall. I tried to offset the battens around the windows so as to minimse thermal bridges. The wall battens are installed at 90 degrees to the vertical window sections behind the OSB.

Passive House Timber Frame Build Up
Insulation

The image below is the RWA45 rockwook installation before the airtight membrane was installed. The wooden strips on the window sill are there to support the sill board. I kept them away from the window frame in order to decrease the thermal bridge. I now plan to use Rockwool RWA45 on all window sills as it performs better at not absorbing water as seen on a previous blog.

Window Insulation Detail Passive House
Thermal Bridge Build Up

The next image shows the finish layer of battens over the membrane.

Passive House Window Detail
Batten Finish Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The window (below) which was installed in the structural frame of the building (I purchased the glazing without the frame 2.4mx.9m) provides light and solar gain. Small lengths of floor board OSB were cut to size in order to build up the insulation and provide a base for the plasterboard finish.

wood spacers for insulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insulation is placed up against the glass and I plan to place a timber bead around the edge . Plasterboard will then finish the detail.

glazing insulation for glass in structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished (near finished) wall looks like this below.

Passive House Wall Detail
Window Wall Detail