Designing with AAC to achieve sustainable houses
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Technical Director H+H Uk Limited
Publication date: 2011-12-01
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Cliff Fudge
Cement Wapno Beton (Special 2011 16) 116-120 (2011)
The definition of sustainable construction can have many meanings and defi nitions. In 2006, the UK Government published a “Code for Sustainable Homes”, intended as a single national standard to guide industry in the design and construction of sustainable homes. The Code measures the sustainability of a home against design categories, rating the whole home as a complete package. There are a number of categories within the Code that are directly linked to the fabric of the home in terms of energy use and reduction in CO2 emissions. However, a number of other important areas appear and ‘credits’ can be obtained which make up the fi nal rating for the dwelling. The Code has 6 levels of achievement, from the base level of 1, which is generally just above the minimum requirements of building regulations, to Code level 6 which takes on the defi nition of a ‘zero carbon’ house amongst other aspects of design. This paper shows the basis of design for a sustainable home, and gives case studies of homes achieving the higher levels of the Code using Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) construction.
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