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
Many of the houses in the UK are hiding a dark secret, and it’s giving us cold feet – cold feet that cause echoes to bounce around beneath the house with every footstep because underneath the floorboards is a great, cold, energy-zapping box of nothing. Suspended floors have plenty of excellent benefits, including being quick and relatively easy to fit, long-lasting, sustainable, and great for … Continue reading Insulating a Suspended Timber Floor
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!
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?
I was high on the feel-goodness of my first Sunday’s volunteering at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, so I committed myself to a whole weekend of it a fortnight later. Day One -Long Wood Community Woodland I heard about the Long Wood Community Woodland green build project from Gary at the farm, and arranged to help out with the build last Saturday 12th July. Long Wood … Continue reading Ben’s volunteering Blog: Days Two & Three at Long Wood and Denmark Farm
Permaculture is all about living harmoniously with our natural environment. Centred on growing food that is native and beneficial to the local area, permaculture also includes everything from sustainable building and renewable energy, to entertainment and waste management. Self-sufficiency Living a strict permaculture lifestyle would mean achieving total self-sufficiency, but there is plenty about the permaculture way of living that everyone can take something from. … Continue reading What is Permaculture?
Most gardens follow a similar design, with a few shrubs around the edges and a large area of cut grass set between them. A permaculture garden makes much more of your outdoor space, allowing you to grow food and provide habitats for wildlife right on your doorstep! You can do this alone or as part of a group, like the Transition Towns that are cropping … Continue reading Grow a Permaculture Garden
Renewable energy comes from sources which aren’t going to run out. Since the industrial revolution, we’ve been relying on energy sources such as coal, oil, and gas. These fossil fuels are running out, and getting them from the ground is causing ever more destruction to our planet. Renewable sources don’t run out. The sun, wind, and the flow of water are all free for us … Continue reading What is renewable energy?
When Peter Dow came to us looking for paints to renovate his semi-gothic Victorian cemetery lodge, we knew we were going to help to create something amazing. Following years of neglect, the lodge was in need of a good dose of TLC, and some sympathetic remodelling to bring its 1970s red brick extension into place with the rest of the building. Because Peter understood the … Continue reading We helped Renovate this Listed London Cemetery Lodge