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Building Design and the Natural Environment
Building Design and the Natural Environment
Humans live in a very anthropocentric world; that is most of us, unless we are farmers, or live deep within the countryside, spend our time dealing with other people,…...
Careers and Courses for Eco Build
Careers and Courses for Eco Build
this article looks at courses and workshops in green building techniques, and offers advice in what to look for and expect from such a course....
Choosing 'Green' Kitchen Worktops
Choosing 'Green' Kitchen Worktops
Lots of people opt to renew their worktops when they want to give their kitchen a minor facelift but before you choose a new surface, check out the Sustainable Build…...
City Planning and Sustainable Design
City Planning and Sustainable Design
A look at some of the ways that architects and city planners can design cities to be more sustainable in their layout and function....
Compost Toilets
Compost Toilets
We take a look at composting toilets, the different types available, and how they work to break down hazardous human excrement and turn it into a valuable fertiliser…...
Dealing With Builders' Waste Sustainably
Dealing With Builders' Waste Sustainably
Keeping projects as sustainable as possible throughout the construction cycle means keeping an eye on how you deal with waste....
Eco Friendly Ventilation
Eco Friendly Ventilation
Determining how best to ensure ventilation allows circulation of air within a building, in the most environmentally sound way possible....
Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy Efficient Appliances
An introduction to issues surrounding energy efficient appliances including advice on energy labelling (with both the 'EU energy label' and 'Energy Efficiency…...
Environmentally Friendly Carbon Reflection Techniques
Environmentally Friendly Carbon Reflection Techniques
A new technique thought to help buildings stay cooler and reflect energy away from them....
Floods and SuDs: Making Drainage Sustainable
Floods and SuDs: Making Drainage Sustainable
Are SuDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), the answer to our flooding (and drought) problems and to the sustainability of our drainage infrastructure? We investigate....
Fracking: Truly Sustainable?
Fracking: Truly Sustainable?
Is fracking the answer to our energy problems? Or does it pose too many other threats to the environment and to building development? We've examined the issues…...
Great Kneighton: A Case Study in Sustainable Drainage
How a development of 2,500 homes overcame difficult site constraints to deliver a unique, innovative and distinctly sustainable drainage solution....
Grey (and Black) Water Recycling Design
Grey (and Black) Water Recycling Design
Whilst it seems to rain all the time, there is still rising pressure on water resources in the UK and more so across the globe. Should greywater recycling be…...
Heating and Sustainability
Heating and Sustainability
This article examines the need for a shift toward more sustainable heating and electrical systems within buildings, and gives a few examples of current technologies…...
Low Allergen Design
Low Allergen Design
This article describes low allergen design as a sustainable building methodology for creating healthy homes and allergen free indoor environments....
Measuring How Much Your Household Recycles
Measuring How Much Your Household Recycles
This article looks at recent worldwide intiatives that place devices in recycling bins to measure a householder's contribution to recycling....
Planning Departments and a Building Conspiracy?
Planning Departments and a Building Conspiracy?
Are alternative building methods being kept from the main stream by planners and legislation? Is the legacy of value in bricks and mortar too strong to change the way…...
Renovating and Refitting
Renovating and Refitting
This article looks at renovating or refitting an existing building sustainably....
Space Usage in Sustainable Design
Space Usage in Sustainable Design
This article examines the use of space within sustainable design....
Straw Bale Building: Case Study, Howden
Straw Bale Building: Case Study, Howden
Straw bale construction is becoming increasingly popular and if done properly is a good 'green' method of construction. Don't take our work for it though, find out how…...
Sunrooms and Greenhouses
Sunrooms and Greenhouses
This article looks at the benefits of adding a sunroom or greenhouse to a property....
Sustainable Buildings Using Bamboo Construction
Sustainable Buildings Using Bamboo Construction
This article looks at the suitability of bamboo as a sustainable building material....
Sustainable Lighting
Sustainable Lighting
This article describes the different types of sustainable lighting, compares energy efficient light bulbs, and emphasises the need to implement solutions for…...
Sustainable Sewage Design
Sustainable Sewage Design
This article describes the ecological wastewater management systems of reed beds, constructed wetlands and solar aquatic systems, along with biogas plants and their…...
The Best Options for Outdoor Surfaces
The Best Options for Outdoor Surfaces
The increase of paved-over gardens has been blamed for increased flooding in the UK - but regulations have now been put in place to ensure that environmentally-sound…...
Wall Art: Innovative and Eco-friendly Wall Covering
Wall Art: Innovative and Eco-friendly Wall Covering
A new innovative and planet-friendly wall covering produced from sugarcane leftovers is proving popular with eco-decorators in the UK....
Water and Sustainable Design
Water and Sustainable Design
This article describes sustainable water design in the building industry, including waste water and rainwater recycling systems, and water conserving appliances....
What the Changing Climate Means for Garden Design
What the Changing Climate Means for Garden Design
What does climate change mean for those involved in garden design for new builds or even renovating older properties. Are traditional gardens a thing of the past for…...
Windows in Sustainable Design
Windows in Sustainable Design
this article describes energy efficient windows used in sustainable building design, including energy ratings, window frames, window glazing and warm...
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