Sustainable Sourcing and Innovative Use of Building Materials: Case Study of Energy Plus House, Hieron's Wood, Derbyshire UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/619138
Title:
Sustainable Sourcing and Innovative Use of Building Materials: Case Study of Energy Plus House, Hieron's Wood, Derbyshire UK
Authors:
Ceranic, Boris; Latham, Derek; Dean, Angela
Abstract:
In this paper research on sustainable sourcing and innovative use of building materials is explored, through the prism of a complex case study of real building project. In particular, a novel use of sycamore as a structural material is investigated and reported. This includes methods and standards of its grading and classification, service classes and resistance to decay, in addition to results of its laboratory and in situ testing. A research method of longitudinal study is adopted, concentrating on the monitoring and assessment of its structural performance and conditions in which it might deteriorate. The study comprised of extensive desktop research on the sycamore properties, its standards and classification, followed by laboratory testing of its mechanical properties, namely bending strength and compression parallel to grain. In addition, an experimental build with half sycamore-half softwood structural timber frame was designed and constructed and early monitoring and assessment results reported. Finally, the in situ testing on the main building was undertaken, including visual observations, measurements of moisture content and wood decay detection. The latter was undertaken using digital micro probe to identify potential soft wood and cavities in sycamore and determine the extent of problems. So far research has established that sycamore can be applied to the structural and constructional aspects of building design and assembly, as long as due attention is paid to its detailing and resistance to decay and insect attack, moisture control, ventilation provision and service class uses. However, it has to be noted that the research findings of this project cannot be statistically extrapolated to a broader geographical extents, due to the locality of sycamore sourcing limited to within the site boundaries.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
B. Ceranic, D. Latham and A. Dean (2016), ‘Sustainable Sourcing and Innovative Use of Building Materials: Case Study of Energy Plus House, Hieron's Wood, Derbyshire UK’ International Journal of Energy and Environment, 10, pp. 225-233, ISSN: 2308-1007
Publisher:
NORTH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY UNION
Journal:
International Journal of Energy and Environment
Issue Date:
Jul-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/619138
Additional Links:
http://www.naun.org/main/NAUN/energyenvironment/2016/a642011-056.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2308-1007
Appears in Collections:
The Built Environment Research Group (BERG)

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dc.contributor.authorCeranic, Borisen
dc.contributor.authorLatham, Dereken
dc.contributor.authorDean, Angelaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-31T13:10:07Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-31T13:10:07Z-
dc.date.issued2016-07-
dc.identifier.citationB. Ceranic, D. Latham and A. Dean (2016), ‘Sustainable Sourcing and Innovative Use of Building Materials: Case Study of Energy Plus House, Hieron's Wood, Derbyshire UK’ International Journal of Energy and Environment, 10, pp. 225-233, ISSN: 2308-1007en
dc.identifier.issn2308-1007-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/619138-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper research on sustainable sourcing and innovative use of building materials is explored, through the prism of a complex case study of real building project. In particular, a novel use of sycamore as a structural material is investigated and reported. This includes methods and standards of its grading and classification, service classes and resistance to decay, in addition to results of its laboratory and in situ testing. A research method of longitudinal study is adopted, concentrating on the monitoring and assessment of its structural performance and conditions in which it might deteriorate. The study comprised of extensive desktop research on the sycamore properties, its standards and classification, followed by laboratory testing of its mechanical properties, namely bending strength and compression parallel to grain. In addition, an experimental build with half sycamore-half softwood structural timber frame was designed and constructed and early monitoring and assessment results reported. Finally, the in situ testing on the main building was undertaken, including visual observations, measurements of moisture content and wood decay detection. The latter was undertaken using digital micro probe to identify potential soft wood and cavities in sycamore and determine the extent of problems. So far research has established that sycamore can be applied to the structural and constructional aspects of building design and assembly, as long as due attention is paid to its detailing and resistance to decay and insect attack, moisture control, ventilation provision and service class uses. However, it has to be noted that the research findings of this project cannot be statistically extrapolated to a broader geographical extents, due to the locality of sycamore sourcing limited to within the site boundaries.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNORTH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY UNIONen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.naun.org/main/NAUN/energyenvironment/2016/a642011-056.pdfen
dc.subjectsustainable designen
dc.subjectsycamoreen
dc.subjectstructural performance monitoringen
dc.subjectdecayen
dc.subjectsustainable material sourcingen
dc.titleSustainable Sourcing and Innovative Use of Building Materials: Case Study of Energy Plus House, Hieron's Wood, Derbyshire UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Energy and Environmenten
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