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Designing with timber

timber house in the Field of Dreams, Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

designing with timber

Are the British inherently nervous of timber buildings? Does this go back to the Great Fire of London? Is this still valid considering how many […]

Balconies

Christopher Alexander, in his book ‘A Pattern Language’ points out that any balcony which is smaller than 6 foot square is virtually never used. So this includes almost all balconies you see and explains why they are never in use (and therefore a waste of energy, money and resources). Particularly silly is the so-called Juliet […]

Building Regulations

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

The Regulations […]