Buildings consume large quantities of natural resources during their construction, accounting for half of the UKís primary energy consumption. They demand quarrying and exploitation of forests and other natural resources to supply the materials from which they are made. However, there are low carbon and low environmental impact building and landscape alternatives, which adopt innovative technologies such solar energy collection, biomass heating and grey water recycling.
Did you know? New build homes are more energy efficient than older homes but its better for the environment to refurbish an old house. Once cost is taken into consideration, refurbishment is a more eco-friendly and practical option.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." - Robert Louis Stevenson
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Do you need help with sustainable ideas for your property? Canít decide which technology suits your project best?
From design to planning through to overseeing the full project - you choose the amount of help you need. Ring and discuss your needs with friendly, knowledgeable architects at Inkpen Downie on 01206 577244 and have a look at their website www.inkpendownie.co.uk
Lapworth Architects are one of the leading architects in the country. Furthermore, the company always designs projects with socio economic and environmental factors at the forefront of their collective minds. With an extensive portfolio collated over 20 years, a stringent policy is always followed to reduce the environmental impact that construction causes. Lapworth always maintain that by aiming to reuse existing buildings and materials, this will not only protect the environment but UK heritage for years to come. www.lapwortharchitects.com
Quattro is known for its innovative approach through close collaboration with users and clients, on housing, health and education projects. Their mission is to design and deliver projects through a collaborative and responsible working culture that encourages staff, clients and end-users alike to create solutions towards more positive and sustainable ways of life. Quattro firmly believe in sustainable design not as an optional extra but as fundamental to the way they think; it is an integral part of the design process and puts enormous emphasis on getting the basics right. www.quattrodesign.co.uk
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/
J3*Building Futures is a sustainable development, environmental design, green construction and ecological living consultancy, concerned with developing the built environment in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner, helping buildings to become as energy efficient and healthy as they are cost effective. www.j3buildingfutures.co.uk/
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"GreenBuilding magazine is a great pleasure to read. Very informative on all the latest developments. The layout and graphics are very clear. A high quality production." Peter Stonebridge, Architect