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Painful lesson
01/10/2015, 11:37 am
Filed under: Green Build

Walking down the stairs has been a painful experience recently. I have felt some nails sticking up through the carpet and tried bashing them with a hammer but it didn’t stop. 
As you can see I lifted the stair carpet and found it was very thin, and the tack strip nails very long.    
What a hopeless twit who did this. As you can see I have tried putting duct tape on them. That seemed worth a try as option one and we will see how it goes.

I could have removed the tack strips, option 2. Replaced them with one with smaller nails, option 3. Put some thicker tap or cuts of underlay perhaps, option 4. 

IKEA refugee shelters
29/09/2015, 8:26 am
Filed under: Green Build

IKEA designed refugee shelters are a game changer 

Print Houses From Mud
24/09/2015, 5:13 pm
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Astounding new 12 m high printer can print houses from mud! 
“The future of affordable (and sustainable) housing may lie with 3D printing. The World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) will soon unveil the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer that can build full-size buildings out of mud and clay for nearly zero cost. The massive 12-meter-tall (40 feet) BigDelta printer will make its official debut and show off its eco-friendly printing prowess tomorrow at “Reality of dream,” a three-day event in Massa Lombarda, Italy.”

Sky Pool
20/08/2015, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Green Build

Amazing photos 


Health And Safety
20/08/2015, 8:36 am
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What a collection of fotos. From Facebook.    

50 bike friendly homes 
06/08/2015, 9:04 am
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 50 of the Most Bike Friendly Homes


Designers create the ‘impossible’ zero-carbon house
16/07/2015, 11:48 am
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Zero energy homes 
Designers at Cardiff University say they have constructed the sort of house George Osborne once described as impossible.

The chancellor scrapped a requirement for new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 because he said it would prove too expensive.

But Cardiff University say they have built a house that exports more power to the grid than it uses.

And crucially they say the cost fell within the normal budget for social housing.

A government spokesman said house builders needed to be given more time to develop low energy homes.
Another zero-carbon home is close to completion at the Building Research Establishment near Watford. It too is aimed at low-cost social housing.

John O’Brien, from BRE, told BBC News: “The chancellor’s reason for dropping the Code for Sustainable Homes and then the zero carbon homes commitment was because these could not be achieved while still coming in at £1,000/m2. These homes show that is flawed.”

He said it didn’t need to cost more to build zero carbon homes – and it was even possible to deliver homes at this cost that would provide an income for owners.

The Code for Sustainable Homes allowed councils to demand that builders meet high environmental standards on energy, water, materials, waste and pollution.

The government scrapped the measure in March.

The Bridgend house has glazed solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels fitted into the south-facing roof, allowing the space below to be naturally lit.

This reduced the cost of bolting on solar panels to a standard roof.

The house uses solar generation and battery storage to run both the combined heating, ventilation and hot water system, and the electrical power system, which includes appliances, LED lighting and a heat pump.

The solar air system preheats the ventilation air, which is also warmed by a warm water store.

Professor Phil Jones, who led the project, said: “Using the latest technology, innovation and design, it is indeed possible to build a zero carbon house at low costs, creating long-term benefits for both the economy and the environment.

“The cost of our carbon-positive house was similar to that of the social housing benchmark, making it an affordable option for house builders. We hope that this can be replicated in other areas…”

Both of the pioneering homes will be closely scrutinised because homes inhabited by real people do not always perform as well as researchers calculate they should.

A bigger challenge by far is retrofitting the UK’s existing housing stock, which is some of the least efficient in Europe.

The government has also cut funds for home energy efficiency as part of its austerity drive.

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “The government is not proceeding with the zero carbon buildings policy and will instead give developers the time they need to build energy efficient homes required by recent changes brought in during the last parliament to building regulations to improve efficiency.”


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