We have spent years researching and developing the construction of our garden rooms, having had extensive input from the best structural engineers, architects and manufacturers in the building industry. Therefore we know our garden rooms are the best on the market, they exceed building regulation standards, are fully habitable, come with 10 year warranty, and a life expectancy of a minimum of 60 years.
The Importance of Building Regulations
All our garden rooms are built to exceed building regulations standards and are signed-off by an independent building inspector. This is particularly important if you want to use your garden room for people to sleep in, as building regulations are required by law.
What are building regulations?
Building Regulations are a minimum standard for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and are intended to protect your safety, health and welfare. The regulations are also designed to improve conservation of fuel and power, protect and enhance the environment and promote sustainable development.
Key areas of a Hawksbeck Garden Room Construction
The below cross sections illustrate how Hawksbeck Garden Rooms are built and how we exceed regulations in other areas such as; foundations, vapour control layer, breathable membrane, cladding airflow, thermal bridging and fire protection using MGO.
Structural Strength and Durability
All Hawksbeck Garden Rooms are designed by architects, then our structural engineer will assess the safety, strength and durability to determine its structural integrity. This will include, where necessary, structural drawing and calculations, which form part of the Building Regulations Application. This is a key component of any building work and we want our clients to be reassured everything has been signed off and built to the highest standards.
We work with building control and our structural engineer to ensure we install the right foundations for your garden room. Taking into account soil conditions, slope of the garden and proximity to trees. We then design foundations that cause the least disruption to your garden, the environment and ensures sign off by a building control inspector.
Vapour Control Layer
All Hawksbeck Garden Rooms use foil-backed plasterboard to act as a vapour barrier.
A vapour barrier is a layer on the inner face of the building which is used to reduce moisture flow into and through the walls, roof or floor. This is to prevent damaging levels of condensation occurring in the fabric of the building which in turn would cause decay in timber.
At Hawksbeck we use a high performance membrane that wraps around the exterior SIPs of the garden room. The breathable membrane sits behind the external cladding and its job is to prevent moisture from entering the main structure of the garden room. It also allows moisture generated within the garden room to escape from the building.
Timber cladding requires battening to ensure airflow to the cavity. At Hawksbeck we double batten (vertically and horizontally) all our cladding. This ensure the perfect amount of airflow in the cavity which allows moisture to escape.
Hawksbeck Garden Rooms are built with SIPs and they have an insulated core which virtually eliminates thermal/cold bridging. This also improves the thermal efficiency of our garden rooms compared to timber frame studs.
Thermal Bridging is the ability of external cold transfer to internal walls which can result in cold spots and damp. A thermal bridge/cold bridge is created when materials that are poor thermal insulators come into contact which allows heat to flow through the path created.
The right insulation keeps the garden room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Without it, you would not be able to use your garden room in extreme weather. And, importantly, it would not pass building regulation inspections.
We achieve exceptional thermal performance using SIPs. As SIPs out-perform other building methods in virtually every thermal and structural category because the insulation is a component of the system, rather than an addition.
As a consequence, they have exceptional thermal performance and u-values (drastically reducing your heating and energy bills), making SIPs a truly environmentally friendly option. To illustrate the thermal performance of a Hawksbeck Garden Room, the below table demonstrates the thermal performance of a Hawksbeck build.
The numbers are U-values, the lower the U-value the more slowly heat is able to transmit through it and so the better it performs as an insulator. Simply put, the lower the U-value the better!
Target is set by Building Regulations in England for extensions. These values form part of the building regulations application.
Any building within 1 meter of a boundary should be constructed of non-combustible materials. At Hawksbeck we use a MgO (Magnesium Oxide) board in all our fire applications and we are the first the garden room company to do so.
MgO board offers a Class A1 non combustible option for both external and internal applications. It is also highly strong, non toxic, has a low cardon footprint and is water, mould and impact resistant.
It is important to remember that fire proofing is not just about one individual element that offers a Class A1 fire resistance, it’s about the entire system within a wall buildup.
That’s why at Hawksbeck, in addition to MgO board, our SIPs are made from OSB3 which can achieve up to a 90 minute fire rating, combined with the HBCD in the EPS (Insulation) that takes our Fire Rating to well over 4 hours.