27 Jul 2018
The Concrete Centre Calls for Government to Refine Factory-Made Homes Policy to Prevent Overheating
Responding to calls from the Environmental Audit Committee for the introduction of tougher rules to ensure homes can deal with extreme heat, representatives from The Concrete Centre said:
"The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 and also complains about a lack of regulation to prevent overheating in buildings.
"The committee also wants the government to stop supporting the building of modular homes, which are factory-made then bolted together, suggesting they are concerned over the performance of such homes in hot weather.
"We sympathise with the committee on this issue, as the problem with most factory-made homes is their light-weight nature, which lacks thermal mass and causes them to warm up very quickly on hot days.
"Thermal mass is a property found in heavy-weight masonry and concrete dwellings and describes the ability to soak up heat, helping control the internal temperature and maintain comfortable conditions.
"Where modular, factory-made homes are required, the solution then is to build them from thermally massive materials, which means concrete products, for which there are a number of construction systems already on the market.
"We support the Environmental Audit Committee on this issue and would urge the government to refine its policy on factory-made homes so that the overheating is not an unintended consequence for the occupants who have to live in them."