This content provides information on the many performance
benefits of concrete; fire resistance, thermal mass, durability,
acoustics, flood resilience, vibration control, whole-life costing,
airtightness and re-use.
Recent revisions to Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for
Part L1 of the Building Regulations and
the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES) for new dwellings take
more account of thermal mass in their calculations.
Because of concrete’s inherent material properties, it can be
used to minimise fire risk for the lowest initial cost while
requiring the least in terms of ongoing maintenance.
It is a non-combustible material (i.e. it does not burn), and
has a slow rate of heat transfer.
Refurbishment, re-use and renewal
Increased environmental awareness means that, rather than throw
away, we are increasingly being told to recycle and re-use. With
projects like The Angel attracting
media attention, the refurbishment and re-use of an existing
building to give it a new purpose is becoming more and more
Concrete's inherent robustness, flexibility and minimal need for
additional finishes mean that concrete buildings are particularly
well-suited to the ethos of recycling. They can easily be updated
and future-proofed to meet the differing demands of occupiers and
predicted impacts of climate change.
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Concrete and Fire Safety
How to achieve acoustic performance in masonry homes
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How to achieve good levels of airtightness in masonry homes