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As soon as you have got planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, […]

Green Design

Denby Dale 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 […]

Regulations / standards

see also Building Regulations Approved Documents (England) 7 – Material and workmanship A – Structure B1 – Fire Safety C – Site preparation etc. D – Toxic substances E – Sound resistance F – Ventilation G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency H – Drainage and waste disposal J – Combustion appliances and […]

Habitat Protection

Part of habitat protection is mandatory and part can be insisted on by planners. Then there are, of course the opportunities to enhance habitat or at least mitigate the damage done to it. Building in the countryside is usually more of a risk to rich habitats than building on brownfield sites.

One of the patterns […]