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Homing in on eco-refurbishments: Open home events that showcase eco-refurbishments and encourage people to get first-hand experience of what’s involved in improving the energy efficiency of their homes, have mushroomed around the country. Such events also pay homage to worthy projects and help ‘celebrate’ householders’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprints ... ...

Achieving the 2050 carbon reduction early?: - The Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Retrofit for the Future’ competition has given the emerging low carbon retrofit industry a chance to calibrate progress. £15 million was available for carbon reduction in social housing, with up to £155,000 per project. This was intended to deliver a target performance of 17kg/m2 of CO2 emissions per year and a primary energy requirement of no more than 115kWh/m2 per year from each of the homes involved. Equivalent to an 80% reduction in emissions on a notional house built to 1990 standards, this meant that projects had to go much further than loft insulation and a fuel change. Charlie Baker explains ... ...

Icons of ecobuilding - Pat Borer: - With more than three decades experience of designing and constructing ‘green’ buildings, Pat Borer is an architect worth listening to. Closely associated with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) over all that time, Pat has been involved in the design and development of ultra-low energy buildings, passive and active solar heating systems, photovoltaic roofs, healthy internal environments, benign building materials and technologies, and co-operative ways of building. Most recently, along with architect collaborator David Lea, Pat designed the innovative Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) at CAT. Elsewhere, he has been developing ecological timber frame designs for the self-build housing sector. Kelvin Mason got the opportunity to interview Pat recently ...

Woodland setting for the perfect eco-holiday cottage: The story of Withyfield Cottage is not just the story of a simple and delightful green building, but also an encouraging sign of ‘the system’ beginning to wake up to the whole concept. Talking to Janice Griffiths about the project I was pleasantly surprised to hear how helpful and positive the local Planners, Development Agency, and Building Control had been, and how the marketing department of Horsham Council ‘like unusual things’. If only more green projects received so much official support. Olwyn Pritchard reports ...

Low fat VAT - How to pay less for your refurbishment projects: Value Added Tax (VAT), an arid topic, but we all pay it! This article is about financial savings that can be made when installing or having installed energy saving materials in existing houses. This may interest you, either as a customer who can make savings, or as a business to make yourself more competitive as a contractor by charging the reduced rate of VAT when appropriate. Mischa Hewitt explains...

Combining sustainability and innovation : Eco Arc, architects, and structural engineers, Gifford, have recently completed a carbon negative building at The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) new Bramall Learning Centre in the gardens of Harlow Carr, Harrogate. with the highest recorded ‘Bespoke’ public building BREEAM rating and a SBEM carbon emission rating of minus 6 ...

Jubilee campus - A green building story from Nottingham University: Over the last 15 years, The University of Nottingham has been at the vanguard of large-scale environmental building projects. Back in 1996, an architectural competition was initiated to masterplan the new campus at the university. The university had bought the redundant site of the Raleigh Sturmey Archer (gears) factory over the course of 1995/1996, a 20-acre industrial premises, with only temporary factory structures on the land. Among numerous awards, it has recently come second in the inaugural green metric ranking of universities worldwide. Jo Moulds reports ...

New CSH level 5 ecohouses for Stawell: Tucked away in a small village in Somerset is a development of 5 new houses built with a pioneering approach to providing low carbon homes. The village is Stawell and as you approach the site down the main street, past the stone cottages and thirteenth century church typical of the county, the row of three terraced houses do not appear to be out of the ordinary, although they are obviously newly built. Tim Cutting and Fionn Stevenson report ...

Greendale studio - A Passivhaus light industrial unit in Canterbury: Most artists’ studios are quite modest affairs, but if you are an artist of international repute, creating works of up to 6m x 3m on aircraft grade aluminium frames, you need something on a grander scale. In this article we bring you the project from the perspective of the designer and the contractor ...

Get back on course with CAT: With its brand new Wales Institute for Sustainable Education now open, CAT’s Graduate School for the Environment now has a formidable suite of built environment sustainability courses to appeal to a range of green builders. As this issue features an interview with Pat Borer, and discussion of the new Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE), it is perhaps a good time to take a look at what goes on within the rammed earth walls and the range of green building courses that have developed at CAT. Gavin Harper and Judith Thornton report ...

Green building physics - Heating - heat pumps: So far all of the heating technologies that we have covered in this series of articles have been ‘heat generating’ technologies, which burn a fuel to produce heat. In this article, we are looking at heat pumps which are a ‘heat transfer’ technology – with heat being moved from one place to another, as opposed to being actually ‘generated’ through combustion.

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