Case Studies

Kevin McCloud’s Triangle in Swindon

by Mel Starrs on November 25, 2011

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This piece by Rowan Moore in the Observer on Kevin McCloud’s Triangle in Swindon piqued my interest in the development again. Hattie has already done a great piece in the AJ with lots of lovely numbers in: Annual co2 emissions 11.85kg/m2 U-value of walls 0.19W/m2K U-value of glazing 1.3W/m2K Airtightness at 50pa 5m3/m2.hr Daylight factor […]

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Stadthaus: A Process Revealed

by Mel Starrs on July 20, 2009

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An advantage to living in London during the week is the wealth of events, exhibitions and ‘do’s’ available to me, generally for free. Last week I took the opportunity to head to a very well attended event at Building Centre on Store St with standing room only. The talk was on the Stadthaus, the tallest […]

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Hobbit House revisited

by Mel Starrs on June 8, 2009

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Hattie over at AJ has an update on our favourite eco-Hobbit House, which I originally posted in January 2007. The post is in my top ten most popular, so maybe the market for such dwellings is growing? Still no word on how it passes Building Regs, but good to see the movement growing – the […]

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Caspar in Leeds due for demolition

by mel starrs on February 6, 2007

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CASPAR (city centre apartments for single people at affordable rents), a development of 42 apartments on North St in Leeds (just opposite Hansa’s Gujarati curry house) is now to be demolished. The Yorkshire Post have the latest developments here. Guardian report here and Treehugger comment here. It’s a cautionary tale. What lessons are to be […]

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Eco-Hobbit house in Wales

by mel starrs on January 16, 2007

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Came across this fantastically bonkers looking house in Wales. Tolkien eat your heart out: Although this goes against my usual ethos of not making eco-options open to criticism from the more conventional in society (green doesn’t have to mean tree-hugging, sandal wearing, beardy weirdy hippies), I do love this. Yes, it is highly unlikely to […]

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Learning from BedZed

by mel starrs on January 4, 2007

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BioRegional have written a great response to the detractors of BedZed, which can be found here (via::here). With all the talk of zero carbon homes, BedZed has been in the spotlight, and unfortunately has had probably more than it’s fair share of teething problems. As I’ve said before we should learn some lessons from the […]

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Allerton Bywater Summit House

by Mel Starrs on December 21, 2006

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::via English Partnerships The Summit House at Allerton Bywater Millenium Community, a local project, has been opened by Yvette Cooper. The Summit House was first built for national regeneration agency English Partnerships to display at the Sustainable Communities Summit, held in Manchester last year. There it was used to demonstrate how a high-quality, cost-effective and […]

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image via Green Building PressGood to see a green building which has been designed to cope with the unusually warm recent weather: even though the building (Springboard Business Centre in Stokesley, Yorkshire) doesn’t have air conditioning it has remained comfortably cool throughout the heatwave. The building also reflects a trend of ‘green’ buildings and entrepreneurship […]

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Lessons to be learnt from BedZed

by mel starrs on May 30, 2006

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BedZed, Bill Dunster’s pioneering zero-carbon development has been beset by a number of well publicised problems in delivering the vision. For the full details see the piece in the Guardian. The most interesting point to me is that the development has been a success ‘socially’ – always one of the hardest aspects of sustainability to […]

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