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LILAC cohousing, Leeds

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is a recent cohousing development in Bramley, west Leeds. See their web site.

It is a remarkable development for two reasons: the high quality of ecological design and the unique financial model adopted.

Green standards

The scheme of twenty households, built on the site of a former school includes […]

Lammas eco village

summer 2011

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 […]

Rachel’s house

Up a small path on a steep hillside at St Dogmaels, near Cardigan, Pembrokshire, Rachel Shiamh has built a beautiful straw bale house.

The bales are structural, meaning that they are not just infill to a timber frame: they actually carry the weight of floors and roof. There is a video tour round the […]

Orkney straw bale

October 2009

Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Scapa Flow is what is probably the UK’s most northerly straw bale house. At the stage of being wind and weather tight but not yet plastered internally, this is an example of a self build house with very low embodied energythe total amount of energy […]

Energy Harvesting

There are several methods of harvesting energy for a house but non of them are as important as providing excellent levels of insulation, air tightnessA measure of how leaky a building is to air. In other words, how draughty it might be. There are now standard fan pressure tests to check how air tight […]

Straw Bale

A Modcell panel being craned into place at the trial house at Bath

Straw bale wall construction has moved into the limelight in the last decade. The insulation is quite good (though difficult to reach CSS code 6 or PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low […]