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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 […]

Design it yourself

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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 […]

Architectural technologists

These are the people who know the nuts and bolts of building. They may work for architects or they may be in a separate business, sometimes linked with a building company. If you go to them with a design you have carefully worked out they can usually knock it into shape ready for getting […]

Architects

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 […]

Regulations / standards

see also Building Regulations Approved Documents (England) 7 – Material and workmanship (England) B1 – Fire Safety C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture D – Toxic substances E – Resistance to the passage of sound F – Ventilation G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency H – Drainage and […]