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JRHT seems to have focused mainly on the use of hempcrete in the walls and so it is possible that the synthetic loft insulation was chosen by the builder. The Homes and Communities Agency, which funds social housing schemes, indicated that applicants were expected to use renewable materials but there did not seem to be any checks on the specifications when schemes were approved.
These are mostly bound with Portland cement but more environmentally friendly products use magnesium and calcium silicates. Timber composites and wood fibre Wood fibre is the generic term for a wide range of products, which include rigid boards, semi-rigid boards and insulation batts. Most people in the construction industry will be familiar with a wide range of 17 Renewable and non-renewable materials composite wood panel products such as MDF, chipboard, wafer board and plywood. While there are negative environmental and health impacts of glues, even the natural lignins in timber can cause pollution problems (Sierra-Alvarez 1991).
Detailing of the roof and at the head of the wall might have been given more consideration but so far there is no evidence of any problems. Airtightness results were satisfactory. 5 Carnlough organisations Carnlough – Oaklee Housing Association: 11 houses 10 × 3p2b houses (70–75 m2) (5 sets of semis) 1 × wheelchair bungalow (90–95 m2) Oaklee Housing Association 37–41 May Street, Belfast, BT1 4DN Contractor MSM Contracts Ltd, Unit 45a, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Portadown, County Armagh BT63 5QE Architect: Knox Clayton Architects, Lisburn.