Engineers took a pragmatic approach to designing surface water drainage at Taylor Wimpey’s new Parc-y-Strade housing development on the outskirts of Llanelli, South Wales. Using Hydro-Brake® vortex flow control technology to engineer distributed surface water storage and attenuation across the low-lying, flat site, the development infrastructure satisfies Sustainable Drainage
Sweden - fossil fuel free by 2030!
By 2030, Sweden plans to become a fossil-free country and will be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations. The benefits are clear in terms of creating a better environment, more attractive cities and new opportunities for jobs. One of the major questions being discussed at the upcoming COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, is whether it is possible for nations to grow their economies whilst at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions, known as “decoupling”. Read more
Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Co-operation, also known as Sweden’s “Minister for the Future”, believes decoupling is not only possible, but a must for all countries to achieve.
Open eco-homes in Cambridge
An Open Eco Homes event will allow people to visit 15 homes in Cambridge to see how they can cut fuel, save energy and make their homes more comfortable. The event will boast a wide range of homes from Regency to new build. Open eco homes co-ordinator Allan Shepherd said: “This year, we’ve got Cambridge’s first co-housing project – a 42 home development known as K1; a new build kit home-made of super-insulated factory-made panel walls; a St John’s college student house renovation and a house with a hempcrete DIY wall insulation workshop. Read more
Shepherd continued: “Meeting the actual householders should be a great experience for visitors. Every one of them has unique knowledge to pass on because every house is different and everyone has carefully chosen the home improvements right for them and their home.” Practical information, inspiration and advice will be shared at the event, organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. The open homes will be held on September 18 and 24.Book a tour by going to openecohomes.org.uk.