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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
     
    Is it economic to try to renovate a community hall to some decent levels of insulation when it will be used a several times a week for a couple of hours?
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    I guess it depends on how long the hall is going to be there.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
     
    The reason for the decent insulation standards isn't to save money. It's to save the planet. I guess a full lifecycle carbon analysis or whatever they call it will answer your question, though.
    • CommentAuthorJTGreen
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
     
    Presumably there are possibilities for increasing the use of the community hall?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
     
    hopefully iot will get used more and more but never all the time.
    • CommentAuthorsinnerboy
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2010 edited
     
    I recall about 13 years back a (non domestic) developer client berating me for "specifying too much insulation" for a call-center project . ( Just complying with regs mind you ) . His "other architect" specified none for the project on the adjacent site . Which was a steel stockholders warehouse . No heat to loose .

    Tony IF the building continues not to demand ( and therefore lose) heat then on economic grounds the argument to insulate is very weak indeed to say the least .

    I would argue that if the building is insulated well and therefore becomes more attractive to use because it is more comfortable then it's use will increase . In these economically and socially challenging times community activities will become even more vital and relevant .

    For example if left insulated the building going to tend to be less viable for use as a low-fee-to user day care center to encourage single parents to take up work . Or for after school homework clubs . Or job finder clubs . Or pensioners cards nights ... or any other such function . Much easier for an LA to simply lock the doors then !

    Invest in the facility . To paraphrase from the movie Field of Dreams - " If you improve it they will come "
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