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This article is intended to act as an exploration and provocation. Why do we build the way we do, what effect does that have? Could we for instance, design and specify buildings that actually benefit the Environment rather than burden and pollute it as currently. Is it possible that the construction of a house could absorb CO2 thereby transforming new housing estates or apartment buildings into giant absorbers of carbon dioxide? Imagine Ireland being able to count commercial constructions or new housing among its ‘carbon sinks’, in place of Siberian forests or the carbon credits that the Government will have to trade for at tax payers’ expense, to meet the Kyoto Protocol targets? Why not? It’s all possible!
Little, J. (2005) Construct Ireland - Lime-Hemp - A potential solution to a concrete problem, Construct Ireland’ magazine, Sept 2005, Issue 11, Vol 2.