Sustainable buildings are designed and constructed to high environmental standards. They minimise energy use, reduce water consumption, employ materials which have a low environmental impact, reduce wastage, conserve and where possible enhance the natural environment whilst safeguarding human health and wellbeing.
This section provides useful links on sustainable homes and buildings with advice on material selection, thermal insulation, buying an eco-home, sourcing sustainable timber, natural paints, heating your eco-home, solar heating, sustainable roofing and much more...helping you make your home and buildings less harmful to the environment, the community and your family.
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The timber used by Timeless Timber comes from responsible producers who encourage proper management of resources. This involves the conservation of forests, and their renewal through re-planting schemes. Timeless Timber is also a member of the Timber Decking Association who strive for best practice in the decking industry. www.timeless-timber.co.uk
Henley Garden Offices design and build a range of pre-fabricated, energy efficient Studios and Rooms with high levels of insulation. Using Eco–Friendly PEFC certified wood and components, their Garden Offices and Studios allow you to easily create spacious high quality living spaces with unique contemporary décors. www.henleyoffices.com
Accoya treats sustainably grown softwood via its unique non-toxic acetylated technique which gives it the lifespan and durability of the best hardwoods. Their wood is a real alternative for builders providing in the ground guaranteed life spans of 25 years and 50 years for exterior use. You can use wood for beautiful and long lasting building work without endangering the worlds shrinking hardwood forests. www.accoya.com
Green Building Magazine. This magazine discusses the technical aspects of the best systems and techniques to achieve real green and energy efficient buildings. Designed to help create green, healthy and sustainable buildings. www.greenbuildingmagazine.co.uk/
Inside Out design and build low impact, eco-friendly garden offices for professionals working from home. They also design and supply granny annexes and guest accommodation for people who want to extend their living space into the garden. They specifically use traditional timber frame structures, high levels of insulation, cedar roof shingles and UK sourced larch cladding for their buildings. Their double-glazed, water-based stained doors and windows are made by a small, family joinery manufactuer to the highest standards. www.iobuild.co.uk/
Sustainable building design. Award winning eco interior designers Heath Design have a wealth of experience in eco product design, architecture, speaking and environmental consulting. www.oliverheath.com