H+H UK Limited, UK

In 2006, the UK Government published a Code for Sustainable Homes, intended as a single national standard to guide the housebuilding industry. 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 final rating. Masonry is ideally suited to give the overall balance required by the Code, and this paper demonstrates how to maximise the characteristics of masonry, and in particular aac masonry. The highest Code level achievable has been obtained incorporating AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) masonry and a brief description of the project is given with the salient points to obtain a ‘low carbon’ house.
Key words
Sustainable, AAC, masonry, houses, zero carbon