To build an affordable self-build roundhouse - fully compliant with national building regulations and brings the ‘reciprocal’ roof structure into the mainstream was not an easy task. Janta Wheelhouse and his family embarked upon a major permaculture project in the West Midlands and the roundhouse is the latest addition to the project. Here Janta demonstrates how inspirational, beautiful, creative and practical such a building can be and how it can involve the wider community as part of a diverse, multifunctional agro-forestry demonstration site.. Janta reports...
Reclamation - still a great eco-option
- In the UK most waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings, followed by mining and quarrying, industry and commerce. Reducing waste is an important part of a sustainable society. All material arising from demolition and refurbishment can either be reclaimed for reused, or recycled by being used as a feedstock for a process which creates a new material and destroys the old material. It can also be destroyed in a waste to energy process which could be incineration or landfill, with or without methane energy recovery...
Fixing fuel poverty with 'deep retrofit'
- Simple home energy efficiency improvements (such as new boilers, cavity wall insulation etc) can bring valuable comfort and health benefits to the occupants of inefficient homes – especially those in fuel poverty - as Kate de Selincourt’s article in the Winter 2014 issue of Green Building revealed. However, energy, carbon and bill savings tend to be modest, rarely topping 15% or 20% - and sometimes energy use actually increases!..
The embodiment of low carbon
- Now nearing completion, the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) most recent development, The Enterprise Centre, is on course to become an exemplar low-embodied carbon building, pushing the boundaries for sustainable architecture. The Enterprise Centre will provide a hub to nurture the growth of small and start-up businesses. Sustainable in every sense, the centre will be the first large scale commercial building to achieve both Passivhaus and BREEAM Outstanding in the UK.…
An affordable sustainable neighbourhood in London
- a proposal to create a sustainable neighbourhood on a vacant site in south east London, owned by Lewisham Council. The aim is to provide high quality, truly affordable homes which will require little or no energy to run. It also aims to create a sustainable community where there is opportunity to grow food and where waste and water is recycled, with space for community activity and opportunities for education and training. Jon Broome reports ...
The Green Deal part 3
Parts 1 and 2 (in last two issues of Green Building) of the Somerset Road case study looked at the intricacies of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) and pre-installation considerations – including survey, construction defects and enablement. In this, the third of the series, the author and building owner, Mike George, discusses the rationale behind the choice of system chosen for Somerset Road; and the way in which the system has been installed.
Community Green Deal - is it viable?
- How can deep retrofit be delivered to householders at scale and how can we overcome widely publicised barriers around trust, disruption and supply chain understanding? In part one of a two part article, Marianne Heaslip and Helen Grimshaw of URBED and Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op report on a ground breaking, community-led pilot project set up to overcome just these issues. In this issue we look at the project's inception and how it was delivered. In part two we will outline our whole house assessment method, the technical specification of measures and preview ongoing monitoring and evaluation data...
Passivhaus at Steel Farm
In amongst Northumberland's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) a farming revolution has begun. It started at Steel Farm. Trevor and Judith Gospel bought 70 hectares of land so that they could rear organically farmed livestock. As the land was purchased without a residence they needed a new home and, as organic farmers, they understandably wanted a home that also reflected their concerns for the environment. Furthermore, conscious that they had lived in bitterly cold, drafty, uncomfortable, hard to heat homes all their lives they knew that they wanted something different - very different...
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