Homeowners today are regularly told to enhance their homes using common insulating materials. However, these materials can work against us and our homes despite the benefits they offer in certain situations. Aside from the health risks related to these products, they also pose all sorts of issues especially where older buildings are concerned. Houses built earlier than 1919 were more often than not constructed with … Continue reading How Natural Insulation benefits the Environment
We are very proud to be one of the sponsors of the first ever Local Hero Awards organised by Radio Ceredigion. We sponsored the Green Award as it fits totally with our ethos of sustainability and wanting the very best for people and all creatures on this beautiful planet that we share. The award ceremony took place at Aberystwyth Royal Pier on Thursday 24 September … Continue reading Local Hero Green Award winners 2015
We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the first ever Local Hero Green Award with Radio Ceredigion. We are all about sustainability, the environment, health and the community so when we heard that the Local Hero Awards were being expanded to cover our local patch, Ceredigion, we jumped at the chance to be involved. How to nominate your local green hero We need you … Continue reading Local Hero Awards 2015 – Green Award
Rainwater harvesting is an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to save rainwater for non-drinking uses. The average home in the UK uses roughly 150 litres of water each day, but just 3% of that is used for drinking or cooking. Properly filtered rainwater can be used for all sorts of things such as toilet flushing, clothes washing, cleaning, and gardening. With a properly installed rainwater harvesting system in the home, families are able to use up … Continue reading What is rainwater harvesting, and why is it useful?
With shorter days come cold-weather energy bills. Each year the same worries about the cost of keeping warm rear their ugly heads, whether those costs are to us or the planet. But we don’t have to put up with it. There are a some fairly simple solutions which last years and save countless pennies in the long run. Insulation A well-insulated home retains a lot more of its heat, … Continue reading Get Cosy without Costing the Earth this Season
A number of organisations are involved in designing the waterworks of a new development. Planners, the Local Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) Adoption Board, designers, and civil specialists all have to come to a consensus on what’s best for the project. It’s important that self-builders know the technical issues involved, and that they share the vision of how their project will benefit from the water-related work, … Continue reading Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Drainage Systems
Breathing keeps houses healthy and safe to live in by letting moisture out from the walls. Over time, houses have been decorated inside and out using plastic-based paints. Whilst these paints look fine and work well to start with, the walls beneath begin to suffocate. This is because the paint creates an impermeable covering. In time, the walls begin to deteriorate. A suffocating house tends to be damp, and the … Continue reading Why does your House need to Breathe?
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is this week celebrating its 40th birthday. The Centre has been promoting renewable energy solutions from a disused quarry in Machynlleth since 1974, and many of the technologies it pioneered have since moved into the mainstream. If you’re yet to make plans for Saturday, head to the Centre where a birthday celebration will be underway, with workshops, music, talks, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Centre for Alternative Technology!
The first example of British wallpaper was found at Christ’s College, Cambridge, printed on the back of documents dated 1509. The paper was in the fashionable Italian damask, mimicking materials such as embossed leather and plasterwork. The designs were block printed onto small sheets, with the overall pattern only becoming obvious when everything was brought together on the wall. Block-printing was done with a block … Continue reading A Bit on British Wallpaper
About a third of homes in the UK have ‘solid’ walls, and solid walls are the cause of around 45% of the heat loss from those homes. Insulating a solid wall is a little trickier than fitting insulation into the existing gaps in cavity wall, and comes with a few unique hurdles to overcome. The insulation can either be applied internally or externally, and which … Continue reading Which Solid Wall Insulation?