Tuesday October 9, 2012
The outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games have left a warm glow across the country, helping us all forget about the soggy summer.
Monday October 1, 2012
The games didn’t just celebrate the nation’s sporting prowess, but also showcased Britain’s sustainable construction expertise, being the greenest games ever hosted - it’s just a shame the warmth generated by the games couldn’t be harnessed to heat our homes!
Friday September 28, 2012
Whilst it is technically possible to build new homes to exceptional standards, including zero carbon, the number of new homes being built each year will be a very small percentage of housing stock. Although new build will be important in pushing the boundaries of sustainable design, the main effort in the short to medium term will have to focus on improving the existing stock of millions of substandard houses. Therefore the future of housing in the UK will be largely defined by refurbished housing stock. How will this huge refurbishment programme be achieved?
Wednesday September 26, 2012
The technology and the aspiration to create the small self-built sustainable communities of the future already exist; it just requires the political will to turn that potential into reality. The Swedish model at Malmö is a tangible expression of the future of large-scale sustainable development, but it is only possible when stakeholders such as politicians, citizens, banks and developers coordinate their efforts.
Monday August 27, 2012
Heat Pump Survey, Sizing and Ordering. Mark Roper, Ecoliving Regional Director for Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, recently replaced his oil boiler with an air source heat pump. Here he discusses the project and how he and his family are coping with the new technology.