ROOFING, CLADDING & INSULATION
FEBRUARY | BUILDING PRODUCTS
became as affordable as their synthetic alternatives.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
has recently expressed concerns surrounding the
government’s proposed planning reforms.
“We need homes that are sustainable, longlasting,
affordable and contribute to the health and
happiness of the people that live in them,” says Ben
Derbyshire, RIBA president.
To help bring about these positive changes in
housing standards, it’s time the UK construction
supply chain pulled together to build healthy
buildings which improve the health of both their
occupants and the environment.
Choosing natural materials
In choosing natural materials, you need to seek
sustainably-sourced products that are certifi ed to
Passive House, PEFC or FSC standards.
All sustainable products have an independentlyverifi
ed Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
communicating transparent and comparable
information about the lifecycle of products.
Less talk. More action
2019 is the year of action when the whole
construction supply chain creates a sea change in
the health of the buildings we build.
You have a choice: carry on as you’ve always
done or ‘discover the healthy aisle’ in your building
material choices to build.
Find out more
For more information, sign up to the healthy
building newsfeed by emailing ‘health newsfeed’
to email@example.com or, visit Steico at
Futurebuild on stand E54, 5-7 March 2019,
can be applied. This protects the overall structure of
a building in the long-term.
Natural sheathing is better at preventing air
leaks and controlling moisture levels within a
building – also contributing to a healthier internal
environment and higher indoor air quality.
Sheathing, along with sarking, acts to protect
a building from elements such as rain, heat or
cold – creating a comfortable living or working
environment for a building’s occupants.
A well-insulated building – using natural or
synthetic materials – makes for a more energyeffi
cient building. However, natural sheathing,
insulation and sarking also act to save the
It’s time to make better decisions
When it comes to making decisions about which
materials, processes and techniques are best – the
challenge is to cut through the confusion.
Although more common construction materials
have their benefi ts, natural materials, such as
wood, clay or sandstone, offer myriad additional
advantages and, by their nature, they will become
Natural building materials are more sustainable
and provide a number of health benefi ts to
the occupants of a building. This sustainability
means they generate less waste – avoiding further
depletion of the world’s resources, contributing
towards a healthier environment.
The turning point
2018 was a turning point when natural materials
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credit: Kithurst Builders