In Italian we call it “cappotto“, that is coat, an external insulation layer that has lately become almost compulsary when building a new house or restoring an existing one, in order to achieve the minimum “U” value stated by recent laws. The aim is to build more efficient architecture in terms of energy-saving and sustainability: most of italian buildings built or restored before these laws came into force are in fact very badly insulated, and consequently very expensive to run (huge gas bills in the winter and similarly large electrical bills in the summer for air conditioning). Not to mention condensation problems, dampness and generally a low level of comfort. This “cappotto” layer obviously works better when it is placed on the external side of the wall, however, in the case of stone or brick facing elevations, which we find in most of our Umbrian farm houses, it can be installed inside, bearing in mind resolving the cold bridge issues that may occur.

The panels being plastered and painted

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