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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 […]

H – Drainage and waste disposal

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building Regulations. They are based on tried and tested methods of building and if you follow them you are assured of complying with the Regs. The equivalents for Scotland are the Technical Handbook, for Wales: the Approved documents (Wales), and for N.I. […]

Houses by Ecos

ECOS, (formerly known as the Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development) is a charity which has been behind several green house building initiatives. Although not self build, their houses are excellent examples of what is possible and are open to viewing on certain occasions. At present there are two schemes which are complete or nearing completion […]

Garden

Regardless of what particular style you have in mind for your garden and surroundings there are several opportunities to enhance the ecological value of the site

protect and enhance the fauna and flora avoid damaging protected species do the least damage possible to rich habitats create even better habitats maybe you can grow food (and […]

River Pollution

In spite of considerable money having been spent over the last couple of decades on improvements to sewerage systems in the UK there is still a huge problem with effluent entering rivers.

A quick search of the BBC news web site for ‘sewage discharge’ brings up about 100 quite recent articles on the subject such […]

Rainwater Harvesting

In many areas of the country, particularly the south east, water supply has become a serious problem. What you design in rather depends on what you want to achieve. There are different levels –

rainwater barrel to water the garden large water tank system for garden, car washing and flushing toilets. It might possibly be […]

Building Regulations

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

The Regulations […]