The Zero Carbon Hub has today released an informative guide for SME house builders that promotes good craftsmanship and highlights key construction details when building a new home. Aimed at on site personnel, this new “Builders’ Book” will improve quality of the homes by identifying, and recommending solutions to, the most common construction issues which may lead to poor performance, loss of comfort, and increased energy bills in new build homes.
Using real world examples gathered from numerous inspections of multiple buildings sites across the country, the Builders’ Book uses simple to understand diagrams, icons and summaries to help builders improve site processes and deliver better performing homes while also reducing a number of potential risks such as mould growth, condensation and excessive heat loss.
Designed to be used across site by a number of trades the Builders’ book also features removable pages for site management, in-house and external training sessions, and trade events. Addressing details from across all build stages, including; foundations and groundworks, cavity walls, window and service installations, and final fix, the Builders’ Book outlines each topic with example photographs taken from live development sites, followed by step-by-step guides to instead establish and encourage good practice.
The Zero Carbon Hub hope that by creating this guide they can help bring clarity to the industry on how construction details can impact energy efficient standards of a new home, contribute to the design versus as built Performance Gap, and impact consumer comfort and happiness together with highlighting key areas that require closer attention to improve knowledge and skills.
This initial edition of the Builders’ Book is aimed at improving traditional masonry construction of new homes and extensions.
The Builders’ Book can be downloaded for free at the following link.