Category Archives: housing

More | Better. An alternative approach to housing.

Delighted to have participated in the excellent More | Better – an evaluation of the potential of alternative approaches to inform housing delivery in Wales report by Ed Green and others at Cardiff University. The compelling More | Better report, … Continue reading

Posted in comment, housing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Green Deal Opportunities for Industry

At last a good, readable and comprehensive guide to Green Deal from the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings (EEPB) and the Construction Products Association The Guide is aimed at manufacturers, distributors, main contractors and installers, from individuals to SMEs to large … Continue reading

Posted in built environment, construction, green buildings, housing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ten tips: building green for contractors on a budget

Ever-changing regulations surrounding environmental policy require contractors to re-examine business practices on a regular basis. Unfortunately, contractors are left to interpret a great deal of industry regulations on their own. Among these confounding regulations are those concerning environmental protection. Guest … Continue reading

Posted in comment, construction, green buildings, Guest Blogger, housing, legislation, refurbishment | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

a transition view of the uk transition housing plan

A welcomed and important perspective on the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan was posted by Rob Hopkins on the Transition blog: After many months of Ed Milliband putting himself out there are a Secretary of State for Energy and Climate … Continue reading

Posted in built environment, carbon, comment, construction, energy, housing, politics, refurbishment, resilience, sustainability, technology, transport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

on passivhaus challenges

Su Butcher  has posted an excellent and very useful comment on PassivHaus  being about saving energy over on her blog, Just Practicing.  I did comment there in brief but here is a more detailed response. Relationship with Code 6 and Carbon Definition  As … Continue reading

Posted in comment, energy, housing, sustainability | Tagged , | Leave a comment

defining zero carbon – more clarifications (for homes at least)

On Wednesday I sat in on a Zero Carbon Hub consultation event relating to the defining-zero-carbon-homes-presentation2zero carbon definition  for buildings. I did manage to send some tweets via twitter during the session, and here, I have pulled these together to give … Continue reading

Posted in comment, greenwashing, housing, legislation, links, route2zero, sustainability, technology | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

sustainable resources and publications update

Items of interest to built environment + natural environment + sustainable communities filtered from the Sustainability Development Research Network (SDRN) update Engaging Places A new initiative has been launched by CABE and English Heritage to help every school exploit the … Continue reading

Posted in built environment, carbon, construction, education, green business, housing, improvement, links, politics, resilience, schools, sustainability | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment