PassivHaus erected in just 8 hours – video

Cumbria Passivehaus

Andrew Yeats from Eco Arc Passive House Architects has assisted Eden Insulation in making a short video which illustrates how the project team erected the structural timber frame of the 4 bedroom Kendal Passive House in one 8 hour day.   This included putting up all the 300mm deep I beam

Research partnership for PV-T zero carbon homes

Research partnership for PV-T zero carbon homes

A research project between academics at De Montfort University (DMU) and sustainability specialist construction firm Caplin Homes could pave the way for more affordable low and zero carbon properties in the UK.   Based around Caplin Homes’ patented inter-seasonal heat store, the Earth Energy Bank (EEB), the scheme aims to

Earthship Brighton: crowdfunding appeal

Earthship Brighton Bottle Wall by Jo D'Ambra

Yes there are Earthships right here in the UK and this one in Brighton is open to the public so you can go and visit!   The Low Carbon Trust is launching a crowdfunding campaign to upgrade vital energy and water systems for its award winning Earthship Brighton environmental education centre. The

Zero energy classroom opens to plaudits

Net zero energy classroom

On Friday 2nd October, Yanwath Primary School will officially unveil their brand-new ultra-energy-efficient, eco-classroom. This net zero energy building will have a minus EPC Rating, as the building will generate more energy than it consumes mostly thanks to its solar PV roof.   Its construction used modern materials and techniques, and this

Disappointment with ‘Fixing the Foundations’

Last month the treasury announced the scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne's economic productivity drive called, ‘Fixing the Foundations.'   The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. Businesses throughout the UK