What makes a house an eco-house (in Britain)?

I have recently started work on creating a publically accessible database of eco-houses. I want to help publicise the diversity and creativity of eco-building. I have previously defined an eco-house as a building which minimises resource use (in construction and life -cycle) while also providing a comfortable environment in which to live. Yet this is … Continue reading What makes a house an eco-house (in Britain)?

Interesting seminar about eco-housing held at Leicester University

At a recent event (held on 29th September 2011) at Leicester University (UK) - ‘Building new collaborations in eco-housing research and practice’ - there was extensive inspiring discussion about the future of eco-housing. Talks included understanding young people’s perspectives of new ‘sustainable’ urban design and the user experiences of environmental technologies. Others explored whether kit, … Continue reading Interesting seminar about eco-housing held at Leicester University

Report on key findings from research: Affordable Eco-homes

  I have written an initial report from the research project looking at ways we can make eco-housing more affordable. Please download a copy from here: Eco-homes Report 2011 (1 MB). Please also feel free to redistribute it. You can also download higher resolution versions: Eco-homes Report 2011 (3 MB), Eco-homes Report 2011 (12 MB) The key findings about low cost eco-homes are that: ~ We need both a technical … Continue reading Report on key findings from research: Affordable Eco-homes

Permaculture and eco-building

The philosophy of permaculture is a useful framework through which to understand the broader principles behind many eco-houses. There is a synergy between eco-building and permaculture in that they are both design systems which at heart seek to interconnect the processes of life and create more sustainable systems. They are both based upon understanding and creating … Continue reading Permaculture and eco-building