Ed Suttie

Ed Suttie
Building Research Establishment BRE | BRE · Sustainable Products

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The construction sector is under pressure to improve its cost-effectiveness, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance and to reduce the use of non-renewable resources. A key issue for the competitiveness of bio-based materials is the delivery of reliable components of controlled durability with minimum maintenance needs and life cyc...
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This chapter introduces the environmental assessment methods used to understand the environmental impact of bio-based materials. It highlights the current and future environmental requirement products need to meet in the built environment. Typically, this is based around life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques, and specifically of interest to bio-ba...
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The “EcoShopping” project aims to produce a practical holistic retrofitting solution for commercial buildings, reduce primary energy consumption to less than 80 kWh/(m2.year) and increase the proportion of RES (renewable energy systems) to more han 50% by using state of the art solutions. The project intends to use and integrate available products...
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COST Action FP 1303 'Performance of Bio-Based Building Materials' started in October 2013 and an ambitious program was set up for four years. Among this a collaborative field test was planned. The idea of the cooperative performance test was to distribute a fairly simple test set up to as many places in Europe as possible in order to collect perfor...
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Interior spaces and indoor air quality significantly affect our physical and mental well-being and comfort, especially in healthcare and living environments. The qualitative performance of buildings depends on several factors. Temperature and moisture are central characteristics of interior spaces and research suggests that these can be affected b...
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“EcoShopping” project aims to build a holistic retrofitting solution for commercial buildings to reduce primary energy consumption down to less than 80kWh/m2 per year and increase the proportion of Renewable Energy systems (RES) to more than 50% using state of the art solutions. The project intends to use and integrate available products and tech...
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“EcoShopping” project aims to build a holistic retrofitting solution for commercial buildings to reduce primary energy consumption down to less than 80kWh/m2 per year and increase the proportion of Renewable Energy systems (RES) to more than 50% using state of the art solutions. The project intends to use and integrate available products and tech...
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buildings, reduce primary energy consumption to less than 80 kWh/(m2.year) and increase the proportion of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) to more than 50%. The project intends to use and integrate available products and technologies; along with a network to accurately monitor the environmental and occupancy parameters to allow the Building Manageme...
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The " EcoShopping " project aims to produce a practical holistic retrofitting solution for commercial buildings, reduce primary energy consumption to less than 80 kWh/(m 2 .year) and increase the proportion of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) to more than 50% by using state of the art solutions. The project intends to use and integrate available prod...
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Standardization work in the field of wood durability and preservation is managed, at the European level, by the technical committee TC 38 ‘Durability of wood and wood-based products’ of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Producing sustainable wood-based materials is challenging. A crucial aspect of their provision is reliable standar...
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“EcoShopping” project aims to build a holistic retrofitting solution for commercial buildings to reduce primary energy consumption down to less than 80kWh/m2 per year and increase the proportion of Renewable Energy systems (RES) to more than 50% using state of the art solutions. The project intends to use and integrate available products and tech...
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This paper reports on a joint study by BRE, the Forest Products Research Institute and TRADA Technology into the feasibility of grading UK grown larch to maximise its natural durability. The research was undertaken to assist sawmills and timber specifiers in the selection of larch timber suitable for external cladding. The findings indicate that th...
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Wood moisture content of coated panels of Scots pine sapwood was recorded during 24 months natural weathering in Vienna by logging electric resistance and temperature near the surface. Eight coating systems with various film thicknesses were used, including three solvent borne alkyd stains, three water borne acrylic stains and two water borne acryl...
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A round robin involving 15 European participants was set up in 2006. The round robin consists of both a field test according to the double layer test method and a laboratory test with two different preconditioning methods. When comparing EN 84 preconditioning (two weeks water leaching) with natural preconditioning (1 year in field, above ground) ac...
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The potential of using a range of naturally occurring plant extracts and propolis from bee hives for enhancing the durability of timber in service as well as helping with the conservation of archaeological timbers is considered in this paper. Results reported demonstrate that there is some degree of protective effect noted, suggesting a viable trea...
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The concept of thermally modifying timber is well established, which has achieved a limited market breakthrough to date. Commercial application has mainly occurred within Finland, though recent years has seen market gain in several other European countries. This paper reviews the known properties of ThermoWood® timber, based on the combined work of...
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The issues related to planned maintenance painting of housing stock in the UK which relates to exterior timber windows and doors are discussed. Five components that are part of a strategic review include product specification, repair of damaged substrates, practices and methods, routine care, and partnering initiatives. Some of the benefits for hou...
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In this article we try to give an overview of the photodegradation of wood and the different ways available to stabilise this complex substrate. The mechanisms of wood photodegradation have been investigated and it appeared that lignin is the key structure because this component is able to absorb in the UV/visible region due to its chromophoric gro...
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This paper presents an overview of wood waste management in the United Kingdom and provides an analysis of the volumes of waste wood generated and reused. Issues influencing the reuse of waste wood in the UK are discussed and a summary of research activity in the UK is presented. The paper concludes that waste minimisation should be the initial foc...
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The natural exposure and water absorption tests carried out within European Standard EN927 use clear, knot-free wood in order to minimise variability in the results. However, knots are common in practice in many coated timber components, and it is widely acknowledged that the performance of paints can be compromised over knots or timbers that posse...
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Cadmium, copper, lead and zinc concentrations have been measured on a sequence of snow blocks covering 2 years' accumulation at a site on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Careful collection and analysis techniques have ensured good data quality despite the very low concentrations, which averaged Cd 0.08 ng kg−1, Cu 4 ng kg−1, Pb 4 ng kg−1...
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A snowpit in Coats Land, Antarctica, has been sampled in order to obtain a record of Cd, Cu and Zn covering the period 1923–1986. The snowpit record gives an indication of southern hemisphere (SH) pollution reaching Antarctica. For Zn, concentrations (averaging 1.5 ng kg-1) can be explained as arising from natural crustal dust (based on Zn/Al ratio...
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This paper presents an assessment of the effectiveness of three straight chain alkyl anhydrides as chemical modifiers in improving the resistance of susceptible softwood to attack by wood-destroying insect larvae of the house longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus). The data from standard European tests indicates that the overall resistance to insect...
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The chemical modification of wood using straight chain alkyl anhydrides can considerably enhance its resistance to attack by wood-destroying organisms. This paper presents an assessment of the effectiveness of these modifiers in improving the biological resistance of a susceptible softwood when exposed to four different basidiomycete fungi and to s...
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New wood preservatives derived from a greater understanding of wood chemistry may address the demand for more environmentally and socially acceptable products.
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Lead concentrations from an Antarctic snow pit show the pattern of Pb reaching the Antarctic atmosphere over the last 70 years. Between 1920 and 1950, the Pb concentration shows significant variations around a mean of about 2.5 ng kg−1. Between 1950 and 1980, there is a clear increase to 6 ng kg−1, with an apparent reduction after that. A few high...
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Surface snow samples have been analysed for the heavy metals Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn to investigate the spatial scale of local sources of pollution in Antarctica. Samples from around an isolated petrol generator showed vastly increased levels (up to 800,000 times background) directly under the exhaust. Concentrations fell sharply with distance from the e...
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An improved technique for concentrating heavy metals onto the surface of tungsten wires, prior to analysis by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry, is reported. Ultraclean methods and materials, described here, have enabled improvements in detection limits to be realised. With the new procedure, detection limits of 0.01 ng Cd kg−1, 0.47 ng...
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The use of urushi natural lacquer-based membranes for ISFET is discussed. Such membranes show greatly improved adhesion over PVC-based membranes, and their curing times can be reduced to 2 to 3 days (from ≤10 days) by adding formaldehyde as a cross-linking agent. Such ISFET show equivalent responses to PVC-based systems.

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The “EcoShopping” project aims to produce a systematic methodology and cost effective solutions for retrofitting commercial buildings; where the case study is expected to have an overall enhancement of about 58%. The project duration is 4 years with a budget of 4.10 million€. Project phases are shown in the figure and this paper presents Work Package 2 (http://ecoshopping-project.eu/document/D2.1%20Assessment%20of%20national%20building%20codes,%20EPBD%20implementation%20and%20standards%20identified_final_14-03-14.pdf) which is a review of best practice by assessing: • Selected national building codes within Europe; • EPBD implementation; and • Other standards and best practice such as EN standards, procurement specifications and best practice guidance.