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ENERGY EFFICIENT masonry

Anna-Marie DeSouza investigates brick and block construction – the most popular UK build system – to uncover its sustainability qualities
This new house used approximately 65,000 imperialsized London Yellow Stock bricks from Imperial Bricks. For this particular project, the units were laid with ‘clean’ faces, as the brick faces are reversible
According to Northcot Bricks, providing a masonry home is well designed and built, the energy efficiency of the structure should endure. Potential problems can arise due to the quality of workmanship, which if inadequate, can increase the risk of cracks developing over time, compromising thermal performance

There’s a huge variety of options when it comes to selecting a structural system for your new home. If you’re looking for something that will provide an efficient and sustainable house, you may be surprised to learn you’ll be spoilt for choice. Developments in modern construction methods mean that achieving high levels of energy efficiency is now easier than ever – which is just as well, given the Building Regulations now demand a high level of performance as standard.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions