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Roundwood timber framing: the greener way to build

Maddy Harland

19th October, 2010

Using our native softwoods and 'in the round' construction, this innovative technique results in beautiful buildings with high environmental credentials more...

Bexhill bypass puts road building back in the spotlight

Jan Goodey

18th January, 2011

Opponents say the controversial bypass will damage ancient woodlands, disturb wetland birds and impact on protected areas - and it's just one of 22 similar schemes currently awaiting approval. Jan Goodey investigates more...
Home insulation

Tesco and B&Q join interest in 'Green Deal' to insulate homes

Mark Jansen

10th January, 2011

The UK government plans to get companies to pay to insulate energy inefficient homes - recovering the money from savings on the householder's energy bill more...
By greening up its act, Seoul is setting an example to the rest of South Korea

Seoul: on course to be one of the world's greenest cities?

Anna Sheldrick

30th November, 2010

Seoul, host of this year's G20, is well on the way to achieving its goal of becoming one of the world's most eco-friendly cities. But, as Anna Sheldrick reports, there may be room for improvement elsewhere in South Korea more...

PassivHaus construction: the future of UK housebuilding?

Laura Sevier

22nd October, 2010

German design, British location, tropical climate. Super-efficient PassivHaus construction makes for warmer homes and lower energy bills. So why aren't we all building this way? more...

Do the environmental benefits of gardens outweigh the need for affordable houses?

Simon Leadbeater

19th October,2010

The need for more affordable housing is often cited as a reason for building on often-environmentally important garden plots. But does such a policy result in more cheap homes? Apparently not, argues Simon Leadbeater more...
New York

Greening the Big Apple: how building got sustainable in the Bronx

Gwen Schantz

24th September, 2010

Things are looking up in one of New York's least affluent boroughs, with the construction of the latest cutting-edge green development designed for low-income families more...
Sustainable refurbishment

The Government has seriously miscalculated the cost of green homes

David Thorpe

9th August, 2010

There's a lot of nonsense talked, bought and done when it comes to eco-retrofitting houses. David Thorpe's new book sorts the wheat from the chaff, and challenges some green orthodoxies... more...
Rospuda Valley

Saving a pristine wilderness from an international motorway

Laura Sevier

20th April, 2010

How activist Malgorzata Górska helped protect a Polish forest valley, and changed her government's attitude to conservation in the process more...

The community-owned, timber-framed, self-heating village shop

Maddy Harland

26th January, 2010

In an economic climate where village shops are closing, woodsman Ben Law has helped his village open a new shop with a difference more...
Hull expands out to sea

Architects propose 'radical' coastal flood defenses


15th January, 2010

Architects, engineers and developers say that the UK faces an 'extreme threat' from flooding, and must respond accordingly more...
Hardhat, square and blueprints

We need a citizens' housing revolution

Stephen Hill

13th January, 2010

Self-builders are no longer a niche segment of society: they are industrious, skilled, innovative individuals who should be helped to create vital, sustainable communities more...

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Right to Build video

Why we need a right to build our homes

Lynton Pepper

8th January, 2010

Rather than depend on a corporate oligopoly to build our homes for us, why not introduce a 'right to build' for everyone... more...

Building houses with straw bales

Mark Anslow

31st December, 2009

A house built with straw could cost as little as £70,000 to build - and some are still standing after 140 years. Barbara Jones' fantastic book Building with Straw Bales reveals all you need to know more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Homes for a changing climate

Will Anderson

29th December, 2009

In an extract from his new book Homes for a Changing Climate, Will Anderson makes the case for building 21st century homes that can withstand the effects of climate change and help usher in a low-carbon revolution more...
Balehaus at Bath University

Using compressed straw as the ultimate eco building material

Eifion Rees

20th November, 2009

A new project at Bath University shows that building with straw is not just eco-friendly, but cheap, easily adaptable and fully recyclable at the end of its life more...
In the News

Toronto introduces green roof by-law


19th June, 2009

City legislators in Toronto, Canada, have stipulated that half the surface area of roofs on new large buildings are to be seeded as green roofs. more...
stacked cards

Sustainable cities- rethinking sustainable building

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2009

Sustainability consultant Dr David Strong tells Pat Thomas why the way we think about sustainable building needs to be demolished and rebuilt more...

House of Bamboo

Laura Sevier

1st April, 2007

It’s used for kitchen wares, flooring, furniture and textiles. It’s natural, fast-growing and versatile. Is bamboo the green gold of furnishing materials? more...

A green building debate

Mark Hoare and Bill Dunster

1st June, 2009

Two views on form and function in the green building debate that must be sensitive to the local environment and responsive to the local character, cultural diversity and ecology of its place without diluting its uniqueness. more...
Homes for change

Homes for climate change

Susan Roaf

1st June, 2009

Building a more sustainable future is vital if our societies are to survive in a post-fossil-fuel future – but, argues Susan Roaf, the way we build must itself first change more...
Sustainable city

Sustainable cities: the future of the human habitat

Hank Dittmar

1st June 2009

Guest editor Hank Dittmar presents a series of articles on the green cities of tomorrow, and explains why they hold hope for us all more...
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Waste not, want not


8th June, 2007

What is waste? In the natural world, the answer is nothing. In human society, the answer is whatever happens to be classified as waste. more...
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Government fails to meet its own building standards targets


20th April, 2007

The government is failing to meet targets for reducing energy and resource consumption in its own buildings, an embarassing report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. more...

Road rage

Paul Kingsnorth

1st March, 2007

Unnoticed by most of the media, New Labour has embarked on a roadbuilding scheme just as large as the one the Tories bragged was ‘the biggest since the Romans’. All over the UK, however, ordinary people have noticed, and everyone – from doctors and teachers, to old-style road protestors – are once again saying: enough is enough. Paul Kingsnorth reports more...


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