Build It loves discovering new sustainable homes, and I see a lot of stunning designs when working on our inspiration pages for the magazine.
As the demand for eco-friendly houses increases, so do the advancements in green building methods; making it easier for us to lower our carbon footprint.
And while we’re not always able to achieve Passivhaus standards, there are still many ways for self-builders and renovators to keep their projects environmentally friendly.
Always take a fabric first approach when you embark on a project. This will enable you to construct a well-insulated home with good U-values that will require fewer add-ons.
When it comes to materials, try to buy from local merchants where possible. This could not only save you money on transport costs, but you’ll also be cutting down on your carbon emissions.
Here is a small selection of my favourite green homes:
In November 2013 we featured this coastal dwelling designed by Simon Condon architects. It makes the most of the sea views and uses passive solar gain as the main source of heat.
Adaptahaus assembled this attractive home in Cumbria in just seven days and it only took a further three weeks to complete. The owners have installed a host of eco features, which include a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system and solar thermal panels. Read more about this home in our July 2013 issue.
This SuperHome appeared in our November 2012 issue. It’s a beautifully renovated low carbon property, which uses rain harvesting technology to reduce the need for mains water.
Dune House is one of a series of holiday homes created by Mole Architects. It made it into September 2012’s issue of Build It because it innovatively uses its surroundings to protect itself from strong winds, adding years to its lifespan to underpin its eco credentials.
Inspired by medieval dome-shaped dwellings, Richard Hawkes’ Passivhaus was highlighted in October 2013 because of its creative use of low-carbon and natural materials, such as recycled newspaper insulation. (Photo: Gavin Phillips)