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Retrofit

‘Under the Sun’, a Victorian terrace house in Birmingham is an outstanding example of bringing a fairly typical old building up to PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived […]

Window design

There are many purposes a window can serve and several of these have important ecological considerations:

Letting light in Collecting solar heat Providing a view Acting as a door The visual character of a house

Windows may have associated drawbacks to consider:

They may let in too much light at certain times Too much […]

Doors

Karen made this beautiful doorway in the attic of her house

Green issues concerning doors are mainly about their insulation values (for external doors) and the materials they are made from.

Good external doors are quite hard to source in the UK because we have had a poor tradition of insulating and draught proofing […]