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LILAC cohousing, Leeds

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is a recent cohousing development in Bramley, west Leeds. See their web site.

It is a remarkable development for two reasons: the high quality of ecological design and the unique financial model adopted.

Green standards

The scheme of twenty households, built on the site of a former school includes […]

UK self build context

AlmereAlmere is an area of new self build near Amsterdam where people have been given a great deal of freedom concerning the design of houses has over 700 plots including 3000 houses and flats

There is a rapidly growing interest in self build in the UK, but what is self build?

Well it tends […]

Lammas eco village

summer 2011

The Lammas self build project at Tir y Gafel, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire, is Wales’ first collective initiative based on what is now the (TAN)6 national planning guidance for sustainable rural communities. (One Planet Development).

Planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not […]

Lancaster Cohousing

The Lancaster Cohousing group is situated near Halton on the River Lune near Lancaster. They have recently completed 41 custom build certified Passivhauses including flats and houses, and a communal building along with lots of communal facilities. There are some existing industrial buildings on the site which have been improved and converted.

This is an […]

Houses by Ecos

ECOS, (formerly known as the Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development) is a charity which has been behind several green house building initiatives. Although not self build, their houses are excellent examples of what is possible and are open to viewing on certain occasions. At present there are two schemes which are complete or nearing completion […]

Cohousing

One of the most recent cohousing schemes to get off the ground is LILAC in Leeds. They are committed to ecologically sound building and have an interesting ownership structure,

The Lancaster Cohousing, which has also recently been completed, is documented on their blog and their web site home page

Recreating the village

Although very […]

Hedgehog Co-op

Hedgehog Self Build Co-op, Hogs Edge, Brighton

March 2015

One of Brighton’s examples of community self build which started in the late 1990s, this development of ten timber frame houses is based on the Walter Segalrefers to a simple self build timber frame form of construction pioneered by the architect Walter Segal. see details of […]

Earth Heart

 

Earth Heart is a community of 22 people in 8 homes based on a large converted farm in Derbyshire set up in 1998 around home education. Although not initially concerned with eco selfbuild, they have embraced the concept thoroughly during their upgrading of an old farm house and several outbuildings into dwellings.

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Findhorn Foundation

October 2009

See the Findhorn web site

The Findhorn Foundation near Fores in the North East of Scotland has a couple of interesting areas of eco-housing and a whole approach to living lightly on the earth including 750kW of electrical energy from 4 wind turbines recently installed for Findhorn Wind Park Ltd which is the […]

Financing Community Self Build

Houses at Ashley Vale community self build

The government Homes and Communities Agency have recently announced it would be making up to £30m of funding available to provide short-term project finance to help unlock group custom build – or self-build – schemes. This is intended to be a ‘pump priming’ revolving fund and details […]

Ashley Vale, Bristol

autumn 2009

from left to right – individual houses, the communal village green area, bungalows, the terrace of houses and, (bright red), the flats above the workshops and community centre

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This is one of the most interesting recent examples of group selfbuild […]