In Spring 2015, Spean Bridge Community Centre sought advice from Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) on ways to improve thermal comfort and reduce energy consumption in the hall. Initial recommendations from RES resulted in the Centre Committee investing in draught proofing and replacing external doors and installing LED lights in the entrance and bar area. RES also recommended insulating the roof space and walls and installing an air-to-air heat pump system to provide background heat.
External Wall Insulation
External Wall Insulation was completed by Logical Insulation Solutions of Grangemouth.
EWI Pull out tests were completed by Alumasc (EWI Manufacturer). Scaffolding was erected and plumbing works finalised with EWI installation completed in several days during September 2016. 90 mm E.P.S insulation boards were fixed to the existing structure (solid concrete block with a roughcast skim) using mechanical fixings. A scim adhesive coat enveloping a glass fibre mesh reinforcing was then applied. On top of this a MRS7 dash receiver coat was applied then the dry dash.
Thirteen new double Glazed windows were ordered and installed by local contractor (A Wardlaw Joinery of Spean Bridge) in the toilets and in the main hall. Windows were fully installed and old window parts taken away for recycling (old windows are often sought after by gardeners as they can be used as cold frames for planting). Additional work was also undertaken to replace single glazed panels to double glazing at the Front Doors.
Lighting in the main hall was replaced from 18W fluorescent tube luminaries to twenty-four energy efficient LED drop in grid fitting lighting within the hall. J N Malcolm Electrician of North Ballachulish completed this work in August 17. Additional work involved installing motion detectors to control lights in the toilets and a sensor light at the front door.
Loft Insulation and Guttering
Missing and poorly fitted insulation in the Loft spaces were repacked. New insulation was installed where there were any gaps. Guttering was replaced in the single storey parts of the building.