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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthordragonwood
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2021
    I'm desperately hoping that someone out there has a copy of the above paper? I'm in the last few weeks before submitting my MSc dissertation, and this paper is a vital part of the 2009 "Breathability debate", but none of Neil May's work is available anywhere online since Sporema took over NBT and deleted the research archive!
    Fingers crossed, please let me know asap, I'm running out of time!
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2021
    Not in my collection, unfortunately.

    Guess you've already contacted Sporema; you could also try contacting other authors who quoted his paper.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2021
    He Ceri,

    I have a copy of a paper by Neil May with the title 'Breathability Matters' subtitled 'Why the Kingspan White Paper is seriously misleading' and dated 6 November 2009. If that's what you're looking for I'll be happy to send you a copy if you whisper your email address to me.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2021
    Not exactly what you're asking for but I have another PDF paper by Neil May titled “Breathability: The Key to Building Performance” dated 16/04/05. Again, whisper an email address if that's of interest.

    I've just sent a copy to DJH so maybe he can forward the pair.
    • CommentAuthordragonwood
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2021
    Thanks guys, you're both absolute diamonds! I have May's 2005 paper Ed, thanks, but that was hard to find too! It's his 2009 response to the Kingspan red herring nonsense I need, so many thanks djh, much appreciated!
    • CommentAuthordragonwood
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2021
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Mike1</cite>Not in my collection, unfortunately.

    Guess you've already contacted Sporema; you could also try contacting other authors who quoted his paper.</blockquote>
    Thanks anyway Mike, the next respondent struck gold for me! I've been searching for this paper for weeks, and keep finding it cited, but drawing blanks. One post here and it's sorted within hours, Yippee!!
    • CommentAuthorvord
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2021 edited
    I haven't seen the paper, but breathability was a big part of the fight between me and building regs. I've been making an old house breathable again as it didn't work covered in waterproof materials. The place was freezing and the kitchen walls were green!

    My lodger commented this morning that the house is really dry. She said all her previous houses had a lot of black mould.

    I made a DIY spreadsheet to work out SAP. The heat loss through my bricks alone in the calc is more than the heating I put in. The bricks are assumed to be sodden wet. Mine have dried well. It's toasty in here and my bills are less than the new build house next door which is a lot smaller.

    Breathability has been one of those things that has been forgotten in the environmental crusade. Makes the house last for much longer, reduces energy consumption, but a bit awkward as my arguments with building regs would highlight. Retrofitting insulation would have been a lot cheaper if I forgot breathability. I was facing 500 years payback and I'm not convinced the house will last that long. Though it's managed 400 years already so maybe.
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