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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)  
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

2 year Green Building Ezine (digital subscription only)
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Green Building magazine is the UK's only green building magazine. It always features a wide range of eco-building projects from all around the UK. A two year subscription includes the next eight issues of this popular and highly respected magazine.

Sustainability in practice
Sustainability in practice  
Too many buildings are marketed as eco-friendly at the design stage and receive environmental accolades before their actual performance has been tested says Jonathan Lindh. Apparently a number of projects which have received awards seriously under-perform when it comes to user satisfaction and actual energy use...

A three page article. First published in December 2006

PDF Version of: Small World - Spring 2011
GBmag Spring 2011  
The Small World Centre, for community arts in Cardigan is a warm, light, welcoming building, which, among other things has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating for the architecture and environmental features. The structure – the actual physical building, has been constructed in line with the principles of the Small World Theatre group, which has been operating for over 30 years. The group uses the medium of theatre, and especially puppets, to spread the ‘green’ message and get people involved in fighting climate change. The structure itself is built around a tepee like arrangement of six, 400mm diameter, 11 metre high Douglas fir poles – they are still in the round, de-barked and polished and very much still tree trunks. This design harks back to the idea of a circus big top, or the masts of a ship, Cardigan having a long history as a port. These poles frame the hexagonal central area, which is well lit by a large atrium at the apex. This central space provides a multi-purpose, two storey high hall, with plenty of natural light. However, if needed, a retractable curtain drop, raised and lowered manually by a winch, can create an indoor circular ‘marquee’ within the large space, with the ability for blackout at any time of day.

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The Merton Rule - is it the last hope for the UK renewables sector?
The Merton Rule may be the only mechanism left in place that could be used to help offset the onslaught of backtracking policies currently being rained down on the green building movement by the present UK government. The Merton Rule is so named after the Local Authority that in 2003 adopted the first prescriptive planning policy in the UK that required new commercial buildings over 1,000 square meters to generate at least 10% of their energy needs using on site equipment powered by renewable energy (sun, wind or water).  read more...read more...
      
Famous, green  ‘demountable house’ reborn as holiday retreat
A ‘demountable house’ fabricated in 1944 by one of the world’s most famous designers, Jean Prouvé, has been transformed into a sustainable, 'portable' holiday home as part of a unique project by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and building services and environmental consultants ChapmanBDSP.  read more...read more...
      
New, Affordable 'green' Homes for Ealing
Much-needed, affordable family eco homes built for Ealing Council have been completed on time and within budget thanks to the careful project management of Birmingham based Allen Construction Consultancy Limited.  read more...read more...
      
With cheap PV and batteries, do we need grids?
In his latest article for 'GBEzine', the UK's longest established 'green building' magazine, author and energy specialist David Elliott wonders if the grid could one day become an unnecessary infrastructural burden. With around half of green energy generation in Germany now being in the hands of consumers and local energy co-ops, and the cost of PV falling almost daily, some look to a future in which power grids and big utility companies are less important - most of us will generate the energy we need locally.  read more...read more...
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The Merton Rule - is it the last hope for the UK renewables sector? 'With the recent announcement that Zero Carbon Homes will be halted it is essential that more Local Authorities see the opportunity solar PV can bring to their communities and use ‘Merton Rule’ policies to drive deployment in their region'.
The Renewables Energy Association (REA)

New, Affordable 'green' Homes for Ealing “We're doing everything we can to increase the supply of affordable family homes in Ealing, so we’re very pleased with the completion of this scheme. The project team’s attention to detail has ensured successful delivery of new homes that we know are desperately needed.”
Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, employment and skills.

Relaxing Planning Laws could be Detrimental to society in the long term “It is true that brownfield sites are valuable sources of land for development. However, they are also extremely valuable when transformed into sustainable green open spaces. Therefore, there is a need to balance the use of brownfield for development and for green space to create places for people to live, work and play. But by relaxing the planning process, who will champion the green spaces and decide the most appropriate use for the land?”
Euan Hall, CEO of the Land Trust



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