Timber frame construction has enjoyed a near monopoly with social housing developers in the last decade, possibly as this building method is perceived to be quicker and cheaper than the alternatives. However, contractors are starting to look again at other options and coming up with some surprising conclusions.
The Award recognises the range of activity the company undertakes to continually monitor and improve its environmental performance. In particular, during 2009 H+H UK was the first UK company to be awarded a ‘very good’ rating at all sites for all products, under the BES 6001:2008 Responsible Sourcing Initiative from the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
Aircrete, with its inherent thermal insulation characteristics, contributes to a cavity wall width for masonry that will compare favourably with timber frame structures.
500 specifiers, contractors and developers responded to the survey, with a significant majority (70%) agreeing that “too much attention is focused on new build, we should concentrate on upgrading existing buildings.”
The blocks will be part of a 100m² eco house, an initiative of the European funded Interreg project, Eco Fab2. The eco house is being built indoors at the Ore Valley site within the Sussex Coast College Hastings as an opportunity for students to create, design and work on a fully-sized and operational house.
A Rå Build, thin-jointed solid wall aircrete masonry shell was the most cost effective solution for the Stondonfield social housing development in Essex. Principle Contractor Collins and Beckett looked at timber frame and off site methods before opting for H+H Hi-Seven 7.3N/mm2 Jumbo Bloks for the ground floor external walls of the 6 houses and 2 flats that make up the scheme.