Why masonry?

Code Compliance: why masonry construction can help deliver zero-carbon housing

Bricklayer working with blocks - 16 February 2009


While zero-carbon housing is undoubtedly a major challenge.  The Tarmac Homes initiative aims to demonstrate that the highest levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) are achievable now by using existing, traditional and readily available masonry products and techniques.

Masonry products and techniques offer the following benefits:

1. Whole-life thermal performance


2. Readily available, locally sourced


3. Delivering energy efficiency


4. Recyclable

Build site from above on 18 February 2009
5. Sound insulation


6. Health and well-being

7. Flexibility on site and adaptability of buildings


8. Eco friendly buildings built to last

9. Solid and secure

10. Increased workability and reduced waste


11. Cost - effective solutions during build and occupany

Read more about to help achieve a carbon neutral building


Further topics to show masonry construction
can be eco construction


Benefits of Thermal Mass.
Benefits of Masonry Construction
Energy & CO2 - guide to the Code


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Fact 10

The versatility of concrete can be seen in its application as a carrying medium for heating or cooling, whether this is via air or fluids.  The hollow cores in precast concrete floors can be used or pipes can be cast into slabs.  The concrete surface radiates very effectively, enables space to be used without the hindrance of radiators and protects the heating or cooling system within.

See more on the Thermal Mass properties of concrete within Why Masonry?