For the seasoned ‘green builder’ a new project started by 'Transition Town Totnes' may seem a little on the tame side, but its impact on the general populace of England has the potential to be huge. The benefits of low-impact communities, such as Lammas or Tinker’s Bubble, cannot be underestimated, but the point emphasised by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement, is that there is not enough time to completely rebuild society through the construction of smaller low-impact communities, and individual houses. If we really want to create lasting change we need to start working with what we’ve already got, re-structuring and adapting our current buildings; our homes in particular, and on a nationwide scale. Ellie Garwood reports ...
Lancaster Co-housing Project:
- Lancaster Co-housing Project is a certified Passivhaus/CSH level 6 and Lifetime Homes, affordable community housing project, which has evolved through a participatory design process with the individual householders and Eco Arc Architects. Work is just about to start on site on what will be the first certified Passivhaus Co-housing project in the UK, and, we believe, the second largest Passivhaus certified development, with forty one individual households, ranging from one bed flats to three bed family houses, thirty five of which are within the co-housing scheme with shared community facilities. Over the next eighteen months we will follow the project through the construction phase with a series of in depth technical articles through to completion. Jon Sear and Andrew Yeats report ...
International Passivhaus Conference 2011:
- This year the International Passivhaus Conference was held in Innsbruck, Austria. The city, or more precisely the context of the city, is stunning as it seems that every street ends with a view of soaring mountains. “After two days I began to hear some people say that they felt a little claustrophobic simply because of this fact, as for me, I was mesmerised”. Mark Siddall reports ...
Local AECB groups, A good way to stay inspired:
AECB – the sustainable building association has a network of local groups across the UK and Scotland providing an opportunity to meet with AECB members and their visiting guests in your region. Debbie Mauger and Gill Rivers brings us up to date on what has been going on in some of the more active groups recently ...
Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network - an update:
In our spring issue we reported on the initial progress towards creating a low carbon and resilient economic future for Wadebridge, a small town of some 8,500 residents in Cornwall. Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) has ambitious plans to drive the local energy balance towards self-sufficiency – Jerry Clark reports on progress made towards these aims during the last 6 months...
Refurb for style and the environment:
The Paddocks is a typical seventies cul-de-sac development of rather uninspiring brick houses set back from the bustling and hugely popular High Street in Brockenhurst, situated within the New Forest National Park. Number 1 was bought by its current owners, Ian and Catrin Finlay in 2005 . They quickly decided that more room was required to accommodate their rapidly expanding family. Fans of contemporary, yet environmental design, they interviewed local archiects and appointed a young practice, PAD, with a growing reputation in cutting edge sustainable architecture. Wendy Perrin reports...
Vernacular Passivhaus revisited:
An article in Green Building vol.19.1 (summer 2009) under the heading “Vernacular PassivHaus?” described a small housing scheme with, perhaps, inflated ambition. After two rather severe winters the architect of the project, David Hayhow, thought it would be a good time to look back at the project to see how it fared compared with expectations and commentary at the time of construction ...
Going for gold (revisited):
Avid readers of GB magazine might remember the column in spring 2009 featuring the extension of a Victorian railway cottage with a two storey carefully designed new wing by Ralph Swallow. After three years of living in the re-modelled house, with ongoing energy monitoring, Ralph sums up what has and hasn’t been achieved from an energy efficiency point of view.
Green building physics - Paint - part 1:
For millennia, people have used pigments and dyes in order to beautify, decorate and coat surfaces, in this instalment of green building science, we’re going to take a whistle-stop tour through the science of paints and coatings in order to better understand what differentiates ‘green’ and ‘eco’ paints from more sinister products. Rought to us by Gavin Harper.
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