Materials testing

Materials testing

New techniques and materials aimed at producing low carbon solutions mean this is an exciting time to be involved with new build and retrofit. There are dangers though, in the rush to innovate there may be failures along the way so it’s vital that there’s scrupulously testing and monitoring at all stages. This is why I was excited to hear about The HIVEcontinue reading

Roger Hunt is an award winning writer and blogger specialising in sustainability, old houses, housebuilding and traditional and modern building materials. He is the co-author of Old House Handbook and the companion volume Old House Eco Handbook.

Materials testing

New techniques and materials aimed at producing low carbon solutions mean this is an exciting time to be involved with new build and retrofit. There are dangers thoucontinue reading

Battersea Power Station

This weekend there will be over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks and architects' talks to enjoy as Open House London once again reveals great architecture for freecontinue reading

Linoleum naturally

Lino is a bit like Marmite, people either seem to love it or hate it. For some it conjures thoughts of cold and institutional floors and it’s often (wrongly) usedcontinue reading

Research, research, research

Location, location, location may be the estate agent’s mantra but when you buy an old house research is just as important - it helps you understand what you’re bcontinue reading

Water savings

Water is a finite and precious resource, we all know that - or at least we should. I was reminded when I visited Bermuda. Here the architecture is influenced by the continue reading

architecture

Overheating in homes

Overheating in homes

A lot has been written about overheating in homes recently, especially in relation to energy efficiency measures introduced under the Green Deal. The BBC quotes Prof Chris Goodier, of Loughborough University’s department of civil and building engineering, who “said the risk of overheating had been overlooked in the ‘big rush to insulate and make homescontinue reading

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Responsible retrofit

Responsible retrofit

Retrofit requires an understanding of the building coupled with an holistic approach. This may sound simple but it isn’t, buildings – especially old buildings – are many layered entities and it’s not only the structure that has to be considered, it’s the behaviour of the building’s occupants. When planning retrofit strategies, heritage, technical and energycontinue reading