Bird nest inspires engineers to build new bricks from plastic waste

Bird nest inspires engineers to build new bricks from plastic waste

A new brick made from domestic plastic waste has been proven to provide 10 times better insulation than traditional bricks made from clay. Dr Karthikeyan Kandan, senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), has created a novel brick made entirely from upcycled plastic waste.   Believed to be

The Rookery – new Build eco-let in Lancashire

The Rookery - new Build eco-let in Lancashire

A professional carpenter and artist husband-and-wife team in Lancashire have generated a profitable business after transforming a derelict lean-to into a sophisticated urban eco-retreat in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Roughlee, East Lancashire.   The Rookery, a detached stone property with grass roof, has plenty of unusual features, as

Kingspan TEK delivers forward-thinking flexibility in luxury housing

Kingspan TEK delivers forward-thinking flexibility in luxury housing

The Lower Mill Estate, a development of sustainable holiday homes in the Cotswolds, is offering holiday homemakers the best in bespoke, energy-efficient properties with the help of the Kingspan TEK Building System. The diverse selection of residential properties have benefited from the Kingspan TEK Building System’s scope for individual design

Kingspan TEK Villas are ready for the summer sun

Kingspan TEK Villas are ready for the summer sun

The Kingspan TEK Building System has been used to construct five luxury villas at the Porth Veor Manor Hotel near Newquay – providing the perfect seaside spot for holiday makers.   The mid-19th Century manor sits in two acres of terraced lawn gardens. In 2007, a swimming pool and 12 cottages were

One Planet Living – a global beacon of sustainability

One Planet Living - a global beacon of sustainability

Ben Gill, One Planet Living Manager at Bioregional looks at the success of White Gum Valley (WGV), a highly sustainable mixed-use development in Western Australia, and considers how the lessons learned here can be applied to housing development in the UK and elsewhere.   WGV led by LandCorp is a diverse, highly