see also Emitters (radiators etc.) Gas boilers Heating controls
It is reckoned that in the UK, housing is responsible for about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. Poor heating can render parts of dwellings virtually unusable, partly through discomfort due to cold and drafts and partly through the damage caused to contents through condensation, dampness, mould […]
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 […]
Larch house entrance
Although not self build, the two passivhauses at Ebbw Vale may be very relevant to many self builders. Built in 2010 as show houses mainly for the attention of housing associations, they are attractive and innovative while being relatively modest. The 3 bed Larch House is clad with a locally sourced […]
Advantages of timber
Constructing with FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) see their database 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 […]
Originally a remarkable book (and now on the web) which explains the psychology of architectural design and how to use a wealth of patterns to design satisfying spaces.
Each of the 253 patterns are illustrated, stated, explained in detail and then linked to other related patterns. This pattern – ‘LIGHT ON TWO SIDES OF […]
see also A Pattern Language 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, Netherlands Designing with timber Lighting Stair design Window design
The Ashley Vale development in Bristol shows a wealth of creative input by the residents
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Self build, although demanding, can be very creative and great fun, especially […]
Although architects have been quite slow on learning about green design principles there has recently been a bit of a scramble to catch up and they all now claim to know about the subject. In fact most architects practices leave the technical work to architectural technicians they employ. It may pay to ask quite detailed […]
Denby Dale passivhausSee more on the 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 from the idea of buildings which are fundamentally low energy and passive solar heated rather than using extra gadgets to heat them. See Passivhaus for the UK branch of the organisation. 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 from the idea of buildings which are fundamentally low energy and passive solar heated rather than using extra gadgets to […]
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 […]