Built Environment

Although Housing and Renewables are becoming inextricably linked – this page will focus on dominantly on sustainable housing. No claim can be made that this is comprehensive as the international community of sustainable housing/construction is going in some very exciting directions and new developments are assured. We actively encourage you to read as much information on the internet, in libraries and monthly magazines/journals such as Greener Building LINK: www.aecb.net  (AECB publication).

References are included at the bottom of this page to assist your work.


New build, spruce up or restoration:

Costs are the obvious defining factors

Idealist will lean toward buying a new build with sustainable insulation, solar panels (water heating) or PV [Photovoltaic = electricity production]

Realist would pioneer real sustainability by working on the 95% of existing housing stock that communities exist in.  This is the better approach where you can involve your community by resource procurement, paid/voluntary building/remedial work, C&D [construction and demolishing] waste disposal, ….. and most important of all water management!


More and more attention is being focused on foundations to houses, flats, factories and offices

Sinks ………

Purify the ground –

For all the complaining of leaking

This can be a double edged sword –

A can do attitude of positive ground permeation and



Warning: Although the concept and practice of under floor heating is more efficient and better for overall space heating –

Please note that poor installation may result in cracked pipes – which will require the floors to be dug up for remedial work to be undertaken. Please ensure you use accredited and reputable (word of mouth recommendation may be best format forward)


Wall insulation is something that many will agree on – yet installing such products has led to disarray for many home users. Mould, ventilation problems and ????????

Davius can not stress enough

Living Space:


The most important part

Air in houses:

Having good

Arguments of ACH vs air tightness vs

Energy in houses:

Energy efficiency should come first before energy generation considerations – using the old analogy of ‘if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” NOOOOOOOOOOOO – that harbors poor consideration NOT to be innovation

Air / Ground exchangers:

Ground / Heat exchangers:

Micro generation:




Wood Burning:

Please do NOT burn domestic waste in your home.

Additional info?

Water in houses:

Our most precious resource – humans are approximately 75% water, the earth is approximately 75% water. REFERENCES????????????????????????

This is not just an issues of ‘save water to save the environment’ yet creating balance so you have water stored for drought periods and equally you have water storage capacity when potential flooding periods are


As defined

More and more humanity is embracing the four seasons and its input/output cycles – just as we are naturally ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

With a causal effect of people leading be example and this encourages others to take up sustainable methodologies – domestic housing can contribute a significant rich improvement upon drought and flooding conditions.


Every practice begins with a small idea.


Transportation are now becoming an increasingly integrated part of our homes. As electric bikes, electric cars and electric vans

Several countries provide grants and economic incentives ……….

Car scrapping

Cars over ten years old may be

We all fully recognise that when innovation comes to market, it may have a price premium yet the more consumers purchase them the costs will outright costs will reduce.

Add Dav Blog ………


Update this blog with all contemporary cars ……………..

Final words:

No matter how much knowledge is out there, experience (both professional and experimental) ……………. It is your home and the decisions are yours. You may stumble on a new home practice or home methodology that improves your home performance and improve your quality of life.

1:  Introduction

2:  Foundations

3:  Floors

4: Walls

5:  Roofing


8:  ZEV’s

9:  Final words

10:  References

"Sustainability: Think it … Make it … Live it!"

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