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Robust Details for Separating Walls
Prior to the latest revision of Part L, heat loss through party walls had not been considered as it was thought that the loss would be insignificant. However, research on completed homes showed that the heat loss was in fact the equivalent of having a wall U-value of 0.5W/m2K.
Don't Trash the Pallets
Launched at Ecobuild 2011, the pallet repatriation initiative is supported by the CPA, WRAP and BRE. H+H was one of the first suppliers to join the scheme, and within the first year we anticipate that we will have 15% of our pallets returned. Our objective is to achieve 30% in 2012, amounting to approximately 200,000 pallets.
H+H Teaching Sustainability
H+H has provided Solar Thermal 215 blocks as part of a new partnership with Sussex Coast College in Hastings to elevate the profile of sustainability in construction. The blocks will be part of a 100m? 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.
Fabric First Focus
The Futures Group was formed in 2007 as an alliance between the Modern Masonry Alliance and the Home Builders Federation. The objective is to research the issues around the increasingly stringent energy efficiency requirements of building regulations. It was formed in the context of some market scepticism that masonry would prove to be a practical solution.
Housing Market Recovery: What Recovery?
There has been a range of conflicting statistics published over the last few weeks. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say a range of interpretations of the statistics. We have Grant Shapps quoting the CLG figures as showing a 16% rise and NHBC showing a 16% fall ? so who is right?
Ra Build aircrete preferred to timber frame for social housing project
A R? 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.
Aircrete and Timber Frame Head to Head on Wall Thickness
There has been much discussion on the subject of cavity wall dimensions required to meet the increasingly stringent Building Regulations? requirements. Aircrete, with its inherent thermal insulation characteristics, contributes to a cavity wall width for masonry that will compare favourably with timber frame structures.
A Primary School with a difference
H+H UK Ltd Hi-Strength Grade 100mm and 140mm aircrete blocks have been specified for a ?1.7 million project at Batheaston Primary School in Bath. The blocks have been used to build a new hall, reception, classrooms and a kitchen facility with the aim of the project to achieve U values 25% better than the current Building regulation requirements for walls.
H+H Further Recognition for Energy Efficiency
H+H UK has recently become one of the first manufacturers in the UK to be awarded BSEN 16001 ? the latest European standard to focus specifically on energy efficiency and also the British Standards Institute Energy Reduction Validation (ERV) Kitemark scheme for demonstrating reductions in carbon emissions.