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Money is much funnier stuff than you ever imagined. Photo: Doug Wheller via Flickr.

Making money - the state must reclaim its sovereign rights

Charlotte Jackson

22nd May 2014

Where does money comes from? In the 97% of the money we use is created by commercial banks out of thin air, as they advance credit. Charlotte Jackson argues that this system costs us all dear - as citizens, debtors, taxpayers, and as victims of economic instability more...
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What has happened to the UK’s eco-towns?

Bethany Hubbard

2nd April, 2012

Although currently out-of-favour with the UK government, eco-towns may still offer the best hope for creating sustainable communities more...
A green bulb

Getting a good deal from the Green Deal

Hannah Kyrke-Smith

25th January, 2012

The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have the potential to reduce emissions from the UK’s ageing housing stock, create warmer homes and new jobs, says Hannah Kyrke-Smith. But will there be enough uptake? more...
Installing the kitchen single unit HRU

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part six – ventilation

Sue Wheat

19th November, 2010

Better insulation means more warmth but also more mould and condensation. Sue Wheat's eco retrofit continues with a look at a super-efficient ventilation system that recycles heat while stamping out damp more...
Sue's son Yeshaya helping put in the Ecobatt insulation

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part five

Sue Wheat

14th October, 2010

Research over, it's crunch time in Sue's house, as materials are delivered, builders are educated in new eco techniques and wall insulation is fitted more...
Solar garden light as night light

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part four - ecogadgets

Sue Wheat

13th August, 2010

Sue immerses herself in the addictive world of ecogadgetry, including water-powered alarm clocks and a crash course in cooking with blankets... 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...
Sue Wheat's floor

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part three - floors

Sue Wheat

1st July, 2010

Insulating the floor can be fiddly, messy and costly. Luckily, there are simple, cheap options too as Sue discovers 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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Forget eco-towns - real green house-building is already happening

Eifion Rees

12th January, 2010

Cambridge University's expansion plans could change the face of sustainable building in the UK. In 2012, construction begins on the greenest development of its size and scope in the UK 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...
Jeremy Harrall

Low-tech retrofit experiment could transform social housing

Eifion Rees

8th July, 2009

The Greening-the-Box initiative aims to demonstrate that retrofitting can transform hard-to-heat housing association and council properties into models of low-tech sustainability and fuel efficiency - with almost zero heating more...

Green Housing: 1/16 of 16

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Allotments are not for building on

Paul Kingsworth

28th January, 2009

Paul Kingsnorth on the battle to keep land for people to grow their own food, rather than for developers to grow rich. more...

A radical carbon tax reform

Dr. Adrian Wrigley

2nd August, 2008

Dr Adrian Wrigley lays out his ideas for a radical Carbon Tax and explains how replacing the Council Tax with a Land Value Tax could solve the current housing crisis... more...
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The danger of fetishising zero carbon new-build

Dr. David Strong

20th June, 2008

What’s the point of zero-carbon homes that aren’t fit for habitation? There is more to sustainable building than meeting Government targets, argues Dr David Strong more...
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The retrofit revolution - domestic makeovers that can help save the world

Laura Sevier

1st April, 2008

A growing number of homeowners are taking the green initiative. Laura Sevier reports more...

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