With the recent announcement from the UK government to deliver 14 new “garden villages” built outside existing settlements, it made me question how green are these villages actually going to be? It reminded me of an article I read in the CIEEM Bulletin, InPractice magazine from June 2016, discussing the case for high-density housing vs … Continue reading How Green is your Garden Village?
The roof has often only considered for two options when looking to implement 'eco' or sustainable solutions, these being either a green roof or photovoltaics i.e. solar panels. But in the very near future, developers will no longer have to choose between the two. The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna has … Continue reading Either Or? Solar Panels V Green Roofs
Our food is dominated by three big grains: wheat, corn and rice. A vast number of processed foods contain these to bulk up content and calories. According to the International Grains Council, the world total grains output is projected to be 2,064 million tonnes (that's a lot) - and it is only increasing. Our huge reliance … Continue reading Making the uncommon common – moving away from wheat, corn and rice
As with the shift in trend of access over ownership, our homes are also getting smaller. Although this isn't necessarily by choice. "The Case for Space" report written by The Royal Institute of British Architects’ claims the UK has the smallest new build homes in Western Europe. Big is Better. Right? Our overconsumption has contributed to the … Continue reading The Tiny House Movement – Could you go miniature?