What Materials to Specify

Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas & Green Buildings

Knowing what materials to specify…

… is particularly important if you have a Listed Building, want to build in a Conservation Area, or need to address one or more aspects of environmental sustainability, especially if yours is to be a ‘Green’ project (Planning Consents increasingly include such conditions, and Building Regulations 2010 have raised the performance standards requiring this). 

In these cases, whoever takes on this task of specifying listed building materials, choosing what types of Green building materials are appropriate, or how to blend different conservation area building materials to satisfy planning and building regulation conditions will also need to be able to handle building material reclamation, have knowledge of traditional building crafts, and possibly be able to prepare a building renovations checklist. Ideally they should also know if building renewal grants are available and, if so, what environmentally sustainable building material types they will need to work with.

Materials for Green Buildings

You may well decide that you want a ‘Green Building’, but how embracing should this be? 

Should it, for instance, relate only to the use of green building materials – possibly including the use of some reclaimed building materials -, or are you more concerned about building performance? 

If so, s this only in terms of renewable energy use, or does it extend to building maintenance and the inclusion of building management systems? 

Your planning authority may also require you to address issues of rainwater harvesting and/or disposal, linking this to sustainable urban drainage systems and an understanding of the regional Water Cycle

National Building Specifications

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