We should solve the social housing problem with sustainable housing

This post is by Bruce Davis, founder and joint managing director of Abundance Investment The current housing crisis is, alongside Brexit, the political hot potato. According to a recent report from Shelter, 1.15 million households were on the waiting list for social housing last year, with only 290,000 homes made available. Successive governments have promised and failed to stimulate

Key points from the Committee on Climate Change’s report on the Clean Growth Strategy

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today published its analysis of the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), the government’s blueprint for meeting the targets it is legally bound to achieve under the Climate Change Act. The analysis highlights a worrying gap (of 10-65 MTCO2e) between the government’s existing policies and commitments and the requirements set under the fourth and fifth carbon

How much do we care about owning the products we use?

Recent research has shown that the number of people who own their own homes is at a 30 year low and, with growing anxiety about young people being unable to get on the property ladder, the government has started to act. In the budget, Philip Hammond aimed to revive “the dream of home ownership” by abolishing the stamp duty for

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Why aren’t we tackling energy efficiency in buildings when it’s so simple to solve?

This post is by Andy Ford, director of the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) at London South Bank University and Bruce Tofield, associate consultant with the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the Passivhaus Enterprise Centre, University … Continue reading →

Sustainable Housing: Principles and Practice

Written by experts, Sustainable Housing brings new perspectives on residential sustainability, using case studies of latest practice. This book is based upon the ‘Housing and Sustainability’ conference at the RIBA in 1998, which intended to guide action into the next century, setting down key principles, providing important new technical information and setting UK practices in […]

Sustainable Housing Reconstruction: Designing resilient housing after natural disasters

Through 12 case studies from Australia, Bangladesh, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the USA, this book focuses on the housing reconstruction process after an earthquake, tsunami, cyclone, flood or fire. Design of post-disaster housing is not simply replacing the destroyed house but, as these case studies highlight, a means to not only build a safer […]

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Through 12 case studies from Australia, Bangladesh, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the USA, this book focuses on the housing reconstruction process after an earthquake, tsunami, cyclone, flood or fire. Design of post-disaster housing is not simply replacing the destroyed house but, as these case studies highlight, a means to not only build a safer […]

Condo Living: How to survive and thrive in small spaces

Wouldn’t it be nice to finally de-clutter and downsize everything you own to the bare minimum? I’ve had this goal for as long as I can remember. Vehicles? All I need is a truck or an SUV and a bike. Gadgets? Just give me a reliable laptop for work/entertainment and a tablet for communication/reading. Clothes? Just a handful of the best ones I own that are of good quality, so I can use them as long as possible.But it’s harder than it looks folks, especially if you have a large house filled to the brim with stuff.

Money Saving Tips Everyone Needs to Know About Moving

If you’re getting ready to move and this is your first major move, it will involve a lot of detail. However, careful planning can make it as smooth as one can imagine. Here are five tips everyone needs to know about moving.Get Rid of the NonessentialsTo make packing easier, and more importantly, unpacking, get rid of the non-essentials. You know the items – clothing you haven’t worn in years, dishes you’ve not entertained with, the crockpot you never use, and other household

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Everything Must Go! How to de-clutter your home for good

There are many benefits to de-cluttering your home. You create more space because you’re ridding yourself of extra stuff. You can make other people happy by donating unwanted clothes, shoes and books. You can help the planet by recycling furniture, boxes, plastic containers, piles of paper and a whole lot of other stuff. Probably the best thing about de-cluttering your home is you can make a little money on the side selling the stuff no one close to you wants or stuff that you think still holds value for some people willing to pay for it.But the actual art of de-cluttering is hard, especially if you’ve been building your war chest of stuff and