Existing houses present a much greater challenge than new ones in terms of energy saving. However in terms of reusing building materials they often provide better opportunities.
Patrick and Fiona run a very pleasant bed and breakfast near Nelson, Caerphilly and their house has been the subject of much renovation and extension over the [...]
Advantages of timber
Constructing with FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) timber (or another accreditation organisation such as PEFCProgramme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. See their web site) is potentially one of the greenest ways of building for several reasons.
Timber itself captures and locks up CO² as it grows and keeps [...]
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. [...]
Smile Plastics recycle plastics into beautiful high quality sheet materials. Here’s an example of bottle recycling
Sustainability of building materials
This can have several slightly different meanings which are to do with:
Whether the material is actually running out or very rare (e.g. Cuban Mahogany) Whether the embodied energythe total amount of energy it [...]
If you are thinking of building a green building then it pays to be aware of where this whole process is going
Eco-house design is a fairly recent development which started getting off the ground in the UK during the mid 1990s.
Although you will probably end up using [...]