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Berkshire house lifted 1.5m to prevent flooding
25/08/2014, 11:36 am
Filed under: Green Build

“A family from Berkshire who were devastated by floods in February have jacked their entire house up by 1.5 metres to avoid future floods.

The Ivry family home in Wraysbury on the River Thames was devastated by water during the winter floods and they’ve spent six months in temporary housing.

During that time Yaron Ivry has taken extreme measures to prevent a repeat of the ordeal, spending £70,000 to lift the entire structure off the ground.”

This site has pictures and video

Houses made from recycled plastic bottles
21/06/2014, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Green Build

From Green Diary – Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem


Earth Sheltered Homes
21/06/2014, 6:48 am
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An interesting site here Earth Sheltered Homes

“Another type of building is emerging: one that actually heals the scars of its own construction. It conserves rainwater and fuel and it provides a habitat for creatures other than the human one. Maybe it will catch on, maybe it won’t. We’ll see.” – Malcolm Wells, 2002.

“The earth sheltered house uses the ground as insulating blanket which effectively protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events. An earth sheltered home is energy-efficient, quiet, freeze-proof and low maintenance. Aesthetically an earth sheltered home blends in with the natural environment, leaving more yard space and more space for wildlife.”

“Fifteen feet below ground the soil maintains a fairly constant temperature equal to the annual average temperature of the area’s surface air. If the average temperature in your area is 55, that means the soil temperature at 15 feet is 55 degrees and in the winter you will only have to bring the temperature inside your earth sheltered home up thirteen degrees, to bring it up to a comfortable 68 degrees. Versus bringing up the inside temperature 68 degrees, if your home is above ground and the outside windchill is 0. In the summer, that 55 degree soil will also keep your home much cooler than an above ground home. Many earth homes incorporate passive solar designs lessening even further the need for fuel for heating or cooling.”


Roundhouse In Wales
20/06/2014, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Green Build

This Roundhouse was built without planning permission. It does seem a good example of sustainable development, and I hope it gets permission retrospectively.

Some links:
Hobbit House': Global support grows for eco-home threatened with demolition – Wales Online

Charlie’s House


Loft Walls
26/01/2014, 8:32 pm
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I made a hole in the wooden walls in the loft and can see some insulation on the other side. Its a bit uneven.

The mystery remains, what are they for? They must have been relatively expensive and difficult to build. I can’t see that they serve any purpose. The loft is too low to be converted to an upper floor. Perhaps it prevents squirrels or pigeons entering the loft, but why have a wall in two layers?

Loft Insulated
17/01/2014, 5:14 pm
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As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve used these industrial sheets of roof insulation in my loft. They were from an over order on a building site so are already reused .

I still have to get behind the strange side walls. I suspect there’s not much insulation. They are made of surprisingly thick sheets of wood.

New House In Woodley
05/01/2014, 7:07 pm
Filed under: Green Build

I moved house 3 weeks ago, so once again I’m busy making it greener. It’s an end of terrace in Woodley, Reading.

A bit smaller than the last house, but very near my children’s nursery and primary school, so that’s another challenge.

Starting at the loft, I put some insulated boards down on top of the normal fleece. This makes storage space and improves insulation. One odd feature, there are wooden walls on the sides of the loft, and I can’t see how much insulation is behind them. I need to drill some holes in this to find out. More on this in a future post.

The front door is in what seems an extension, in a small room. It’s always cold in there and I noticed the wall that has the door is very thin and cold. I didn’t want to put in big insulation boards in this small room so I experimented with a metallic looking sheet I found in a DIY shop (B&Q).

I had to cut holes in it for the post box, and used matching silver duct tape I happened to have handy. It seems to have worked perfectly so far.




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