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Sky Pool
20/08/2015, 3:26 pm
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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.”

Tree stump hobbit house 
15/07/2015, 12:52 pm
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this is amazing Tree stump hobbit house

Hobbit House Saved 
15/07/2015, 12:33 pm
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Hobbit house saved from bulldozers 
Charlie Hague and Megan Williams win appeal after three-year battle to keep Pembrokeshire eco-home, which won support around world

RIP Kim Waterhouse
16/02/2015, 3:05 pm
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I met him during my MSc in Development Engineering and later with RedR. He was an inspiration.

Here is an EWB article on him.

An engineer and later a director at Mott MacDonald, Kim became involved with RedR in the early 1980s and was instrumental in establishing their training scheme. Kim, together with his wife Beth, owned Clare Farm in Dullingham, outside Cambridge. They frequently put the farm at the disposal of RedR, and later EWB-UK, to run training in engineering in emergencies. Thousands of students and engineers have passed through this training, and have all been inspired by Kim’s incredible knowledge, ingenuity and ability.
Right at the inception of Engineers Without Borders UK, back in 2002, Kim and Beth, together with other volunteers from the RedR Cambridge branch, offered to run a course for EWB-UK. This course was the first of many, and they continued until the last course in 2013. It seemed every time we returned to Clare Farm, Kim had added another innovation or improvement to make the courses even better. On one course the classroom (otherwise known as the garage) was a little cold, so for the next one Kim added a brand new ceiling. Wonderful equipment and contraptions littered the farm, including a system of pipes, pulleys and ropes to demonstrate the workings of gravity fed water systems and a fully functioning slow sand filter. Kim taught essential basic skills and understanding to all those who took part in courses at Clare Farm, ranging from what the Smutzdecke layer is in a slow sand filter to how to build a shed in a few hours with sticks and ropes. Many of these were inspired to pursue a professional career in international development and relief, and are to this day applying what they learnt around the world.
Kim is fondly remembered by many from EWB-UK driving his 1930s tractor, which only he could operate, around the farm. We are deeply saddened that we won’t see him doing so again.


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