Sourcing sustainably produced timber and manufactured timber building products requires checking the following -
Was the timber sustainably grown? How far has it travelled? Does it contain chemicals such as adhesives or timber treatment?
The FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) Woodmark or the PEFCProgramme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. [...]
There are two main green aspects to lighting.
how to maximise natural lighting (to minimise energy usage) how to reduce energy consumption when artificial lighting is used
There are several factors to consider with natural lighting. If it comes via a clear window (rather than a light tube) then there will be:
Over the last decade or so the green building movement in the UK has gone from being fringe to mainstream.
Architects, builders and suppliers are [...]
Under European Union law, all incandescent bulbs will cease being sold by 2016 and be replaced by energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (cflcompact fluorescent light). The building regulationsThese are the legal regulations which govern how a house is constructed. (not to be confused with Planning Permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the legal regulations which govern how a house is constructed. (not to be confused with Planning Permission which is about whether you are allowed to build the house at all or what it might look like) see Building Regulations) which is all about whether the building is properly constructed). see more on Planning Permission which is about whether you are allowed to build [...]
Energy use in our society is almost always associated with pollution and habitat destruction so all types of energy use are worth looking at:
While a house is being built reducing embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energy of [...]
‘Energy use’ is usually associated with how much energy is used to construct a new building. However, this is only part of the story. Most buildings get altered and repaired and redecorated a considerable number of times during their lifetime and taken to an extreme, some houses are constantly having ‘makeovers’. This can vastly [...]
The natural lighting available depends on several factors
shade surrounding the building the size of windows the positioning of windows the depth of rooms reflectivity of outdoor surfaces reflectivity of walls floors and ceilings
One of the ways of measuring the natural daylight falling on a particular area in a room is by calculating the [...]
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