Deep ecological retrofit of two Victorian townhouses
Completed: Autumn/winter 2018
Standard: Enerphit Plus
-£43 per year (estimated total energy costs)
This Victorian property in the centre of Chorlton had spent many years serving as 5 apartments. During this time many original features had been lost. The proposal is to return to the original use of two semi-detached homes and reinstate the beautiful original façade.
Post date: 23 May 2019
Construction industry stakeholders and policy makers gathered on 29 January in Brussels to discuss the potential of natural bio-based materials to help Europe meet its climate obligations.
The event was organised by the Horizon 2020 project ISOBIO, which hopes its innovations will be a game changer for bio-based construction.
Post date: 21 Feb 2019
To debate policies and initiatives to promote the use of these innovative materials to decarbonise construction the ISOBIO project partners invite policy makers, industry, civil society groups and all interested stakeholders to an event on 29 January in Brussels.
Post date: 15 Jan 2019
Project type : New Construction
Building Type : Collective housing < 50m
Number of Dwelling : 11
Dwelling Net Floor Area : 950 m2
Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
Construction cost : 1 450 000 €
The project is a social experiment that tackles the notion of "experimental" so that it can fit into a reality that is understandable and accessible to all the actors of the project, from conception to completion. realization and all his life.
Post date: 15 Jan 2019
Today whoever decides to invest in biobased buildings is a pioneer in the construction sector, as it is still a niche market. But latest research about industrial hemp materials have developed products that may be more competitive
Post date: 24 Dec 2018
December 5 is UN World Soil Day. The building industry has thus been called to account for its role in the massive use of mineral raw materials and environmental pollution. One solution comes from the bio-construction sector which draws on unlimited sources of natural materials such as hemp, which is a recyclable carbon sequestrator. But how comfortable is it to live in a hemp house?
Post date: 4 Dec 2018
The International Living Future Institute is hosting a series of Living Building Challenge Workshops and events across the continent aiming to share and teach:
Post date: 24 Sep 2018
The use of natural materials is growing rapidly in Argentina and other South American countries. Technical progress and policy implementation seem to go hand in hand
Post date: 31 May 2018
What about GMOs in our homes?
Adopting biobased materials in home building can slash construction costs, but is Europe ready to put aside its fears about GM products?
One of the main contributors of CO2 emissions are the homes we live in. In the EU, buildings are responsible for 36% of CO2emissions and 40% of energy consumption.
Post date: 9 Oct 2017
If you have visited the new Apple store in Brussels then you would have seen first-hand the striking façades coated with white clay. Natural lime and clay based plasters are an increasingly popular choice among architects and homeowners due to their aesthetic appeal and sustainable credentials - clay plaster requires just 10% of the energy input of gypsum plaster and has 10 times lower embodied CO2.
Post date: 10 Aug 2017