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Decorating

There is a line of thought that says that if beautiful basic building materials are used sensitively and creatively then there is less need for decoration, in the same way you would probably not want to paint over stylish tiles or a hardwood floor. The paint stripping industry is witness to this. This is all […]

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 […]

Healthy buildings

Ideally your home should be the place where you are best protected from the woes of the world, from pollution and all the nasties out there. But it’s not so for most people.

The concept of ‘sick building syndrome’ has now moved from speculation into widespread acceptance with several well designed studies showing how people […]