Eco House Projects
In March 2008 the UK government will outline plans to develop fifteen new eco land sites into eco-towns. The question is do these plans go far enough? These eco-towns are designed to be carbon zero, but this should not be at the expense of local wildlife. Eco-towns should promote eco living in at the same time protecting existing and encouraging new wildlife in the area by providing wetlands, woods, meadows and other natural habitats, a good example of this is the Hockerton Housing Project.
Wildlife trusts are worried that local wildlife will be overlooked when creating these carbon zero eco-towns. Some wildlife trusts take this point further and believe that, if there is not a strict selection process for each bid submitted then when these eco-towns are developed, the delicate balance between local wildlife, and its existing environment could be destroyed. Any Bid needs to incorporate plans for local wildlife including providing new wildlife habitats. See the WWF web-site for tips on sustainable homes and their interaction with Wildlife - http://www.wwf.org.uk/sustainablehomes
You may think Eco House projects are a new phenomena, wrong! There have been a number of eco-towns, eco-projects in existence in the UK for a number of years now.
The BEDZED Project
There have been Carbon friendly house projects for a number of years now an example of this being BEDZED project in surrey, developed 5 years ago. The highest profile of these was the BEDZED project in Sutton in 2002 which was funded through a joint venture by the Peabody trust and BioRegional an environmental charity.
BEDZED developed a number of Carbon Neutral flats characterised by their glass façade, creating distinctive sun rooms, Some of the flats have imaginative internal bridges leading to private “Sky Gardens”. All the flats have 300mm insulation, meaning heat retention is very high. The distributed offsite centralised solar heating means that not only are the flats efficiently heated they also have larger than average well insulated water tanks.
See http://www.bioregional.co.uk/ For more details
Nottinghamshire low impact development, started in 1998 this energy self sufficient block of terrace houses set the benchmark for Eco-Homes.
See http://www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk/ For more details
This projects is planning to create an “Eco-Village” near Ilkley in West Yorkshire. The Village will consist of,
5 energy efficient homes
11 energy efficient work units
A number of offices with conference facilities
The energy will be created through the use of Solar Panels (Photovoltaic’s), Biomass Boiler and thermal panels.
See http://www.myddelton.co.uk/ for more information
The Wintles, Bishops Castle, Shropshire
This eco project is planning 40 Eco friendly homes, each home comes with,
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Solar Water Heaters
- Triple Glazing
All set in a beautiful village, see http://www.livingvillage.com/
ZERO CARBON HOUSE PROJECT
An amazing Zero Carbon Home, built on Britains most northenly Island of Unst part of the Shetland Islands. This extreemly Eco Friendly Home, was built after the 1992 hurricane destroyed the existing property and was funded through private sponsorship. Regarded as one of the most energy efficient houses on the planet, encompassing energy saving technology and materials such as,
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Wind Turbines
- Roof Insulation (expanding foam)
- Low Voltage Lighting
- Local Timber
Atlanta Apartments, Brighton
31 rented & shared ownership flats, made out of Eco friendly products like,
- Chestnut Cladding
- Recycled Carpet
- Sedum Roof
From £50,000 shared ownership see http://www.downland.org.uk/
Axis St Marys island, Chatham
- Triple glazed glass walls/Windows
- Condensing Boilers
From £249,000, 3 bed house, see http://www.chatham.com
Eco Homes Lodon - Clareville Street, South Kensington
- Geothermal Boreholes
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Waste Compressors
- Solar Panels
4 bed houses from £4,500,000 - www.morpheusdevelopments.co.uk
The Nottingham Eco Home - Eco restoration of a Victorian semi detached house
See www.msarch.co.uk/ecohome for more information.
The Yellow house - renovation of a Terrace house
See http://www.theyellowhouse.org.uk/ for more information
The Leicster Eco-house - Show house full of environmentally friendly devices
See www.environ.org.uk/ecohouse for more information.
Brompton Eco house
shows how low carbon impact houses can be affordable
Are building 5 Carbon Neutral dwellings in Stawell in Somerset which should be ready by Christmas.
See www.ecohomes.co.uk for more information
Is a company that specialises in creating energy efficient, sustainable homes.
The ethos behind the company is to create,
"The principles of healthy, ecologically friendly building construction"
See www.baufritz.co.uk for more details
Chi' Bagoda are a company developing bamboo eco-homes, with a view to provide essential housing for families in need.Chi' Bagoda also aim to promote bamboo as an eco-friendly building material with the development of "a new species of sustainable architecture".
See www.bambitat.com for details
Developing 12*2 bedroom Eco friendly flats in Harrow.
See www.zedhomes.com for more information
For those brave enough to take on a self-build carbon neutral project. Then NearZero (http://www.nearzero.co.uk/) provides a wealth of information which caters for the experienced builder or complete beginners, by offering different packages.
Architecture/Buildings - If you are doing a self build or
extension and at the same time want to remain environmentally friendly you can
review the following websites www.aecb.net
and www.greenbuildbible.co.uk for
a list of like minded builders and architects.
Award winning eco-homes in Devon, built from sustainable building materials incorporating,
Solar hot water heating
Eco Products For Sale
This Fair Earth
This Fair Earth was established to reflect both beauty and equality throughout the world. We want to bring you beautiful, unusual and high-quality products which do not contribute to the degradation of our planet and help people to earn a fair wage for their work. To this end, we offer products from around the world which have been handcrafted by artisans who make a proper, sustainable living from their work.
Through his auditing company 3 Acorns Eco-audits, Donnachadh provides an environmental auditing service to individuals, families and businesses, assisting them in assessment and improvement of their environmental performance. - www.3acorns.co.uk
For a directory of other Eco-Friendly sites please review -
Go Green Directory
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