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The environmental performance of low carbon dwellings using Structural Insulated Concrete blocks

Grierson, David and Bradley, Ciaran and Duff, Adam and Macdonald, Michael (2013) The environmental performance of low carbon dwellings using Structural Insulated Concrete blocks. CIC Start Online Innovation Review.

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This role of this research paper is to determine the energy and financial savings that can be achieved by using Structurally Insulated Concrete (SIC) blocks instead of typical concrete construction methods which comply with Section 6 of current Scottish building regulations. The paper uses computer simulation to determine the EPC rating of the four concept dwellings to determine the savings that can be made from using the SIC blocks instead of notional construction techniques. The computer simulation of the four dwellings has found that significant energy and financial savings can be made from using the SIC blocks instead of the notional construction techniques. The table below shows that all notional dwellings have achieved an EPC banding E, whilst the SIC blocks offer a vast improvement by achieving a C or B rating.