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Design and Detailing for Toxic Chemical Reduction in Buildings

Design and Detailing for Toxic Chemical Reduction in Buildings
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1.0 Introduction

2.0 The Context
2.1 Aim of this Guide
2.2 Objectives
2.3 How to use this Guide
2.4 Target audience
2.5 Justification
2.6 Policies and Regulation
2.6.1 Key Policies
2.6.2 The Role of Regulation
2.7 Responsibilities and Roles

3.0 The Issues
3.1 Construction Related Chemical Pollution
3.2 Scientific Uncertainty
3.3 Indoor Climate
3.4 The Wider Environment
3.5 Materials
3.6 Benefits of Benign Specification
3.6.1 Increasing Market Share
3.6.2 The Triple Bottom Line (environment, economy, community)

4.0 Benign Construction
4.1 Design Approach
4.1.1 Plan of Work
4.1.2 Roles and Responsibilities on Site
4.2 Life Cycles
4.3 Labelling and assessment
4.4 Life Cycle Analysis
4.5 Assessment Schemes
4.6 Ecolabels
4.7 Culture Shift

5.0 Costs
5.1 General Context
5.2 Definitions
5.3 Trade-offs and the Lowest Option
5.4 Case Studies
5.5 The Secondary and Tertiary Benefits
5.6 Summary and Conclusions

6.0 The Details
6.1 Steel Frame and Concrete Block Cavity Wall
6.2 Timber Kit Construction
6.3 Steel Frame Construction
6.4 Rehabilitation
6.5 Precast Concrete

A Definitions
B Acronyms
C References
D Further Reading
E Useful Contacts
F Specification Notes
G Acknowledgements and Disclaimer

Welcome to the website for the UK's first guide on Design and Detailing for Toxic Chemical Reduction in Buildings, the last of three web mounted design guides commissioned by SEDA - the Scottish Ecological Design Association - and funded by a Sustainable Action Grant from the Scottish Executive.

The guide is divided into six chapters; Chapters One to Five examine the context and principles of designing for reducing the chemical load of buildings. Chapter six consists of five typical construction details together with alternatives which optimise the potential for each detail to reduce its toxic chemical contribution.

The research presented on this site was prepared by Gaia and John Gilbert Architects.

Also in this series of guides:
Design Guide 1: Design and Detailing for Deconstruction
Design Guide 2: Design and Detailing for Airtightness