Skanda Vale is a multi-faith ashram or monastery, located near Carmarthen in Wales. It was established in 1973, and has grown steadily. Now the monks and nuns pride themselves on caring for 90,000 pilgrims a year. They also look after around 200 birds and animals, many of whom have been rescued from abuse or neglect. In 1980 the community were given a young orphaned elephant, Valli, by the Sri Lankan government. Her name means ‘the adorable one’, and indeed, she has grown into a truly adorable, and adored, temple elephant. Olwyn Pritchard reports...
Diary of a low energy self-build
- "In the winter of 2008/9 my wife, Jenny and I met Mike Coe and Lizzy Stoodley about an 'eco house' that they were going to build in the village of Cropthorne. This became the 'autonomous Cropthorne House' based on the principles of the early pioneers of British eco houses, Brenda and Robert Vale. This got us thinking. It can’t be that difficult, can it?" In this, his self-build diary, Malcolm Harwood explains how their project, born from that encounter, actually developed into an inspiring project. Included are contributions from Andrew Yeats and Eric Parks.
Green Deal fund closes under a dark cloud:
- Since its introduction in June 2014, The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been beset with difficulties for all of those concerned. Most recently, Green Deal providers, installers and homeowners all have varied concerns and queries relating to the fund's premature closure. Government ministers, trade associations and others are all criticising the various parties involved -the blame game has begun. Mike George discusses recent events relating to what is clearly the biggest component part of the fund - external wall installations (EWI).
The £45,000 low energy home:
- The recent Self-Build on a Shoestring competition demonstrated how one can build a two bedroom house with exceptionally low energy consumption for less than £45,000. That you can build a truly affordable, really low energy house should surely be more widely understood. You will, however, have to do most of the building work yourself, says Jon Broome, and the house will be simple and compact…
Brighton Waste House
- Following 3 months in production, 12 months on site, and the installation of 20,000 toothbrushes, 2 tonnes of denim jeans, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, 2,000 used carpet tiles (to clad the facades) and the hard work of 253 students and apprentices, The Brighton Waste House was completed in April 2014 on campus at The Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, Grand Parade. Duncan Baker Brown reports.
AECB Conference 2014 - Bristol
This year marks the 25th birthday of the AECB and once again a merry band of professionals, self builders and other members gathered for its conference. The event was held at the University of Bristol on the 11th and 12th July 2014. Once again the AECB conference team worked their magic to create the foundations for a hugely successfully event. As always the evening meal (and drinks) provided a great chance for a social where members could blow off steam, pontificate and catch up with one another. Mark Siddall reports...
AECB Local Groups:
- The AECB has a network of local groups across the UK. These provide a great opportunity to meet with fellow AECB members. For more details of dates and venues visit the AECB website (www.aecb.net) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The following reports from local group events give a flavour of some of the activities you could get involved with. Members are keen to share their knowledge and expertise on different aspects of sustainable building.
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Insiders - reports from around the industry
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