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Archive for March, 2010

Visiting a Home Depot in the US recently, President Obama said “Energy Efficiency is sexy”. Clever use of buzz words to get his message to the American people (and us, thanks to the internet). Insulation is slightly erotic as it is a type of blanketing… if you find that sexy of course. This phrase will […]

There is a series of talks at the British Council, Penang, Malaysia. The Lecture Series is organized by Global Leadership Consultants in collaboration with Asian Global Business, GeorgeTown College and HELP University College. They use the British Council, Penang rooms as they share the building. This talk on 18 March 2010 was about easy green […]

I just received an email about making wooden DIY pull down loft attic stairs or retractable ladders. A loft conversion is a very good remodeling and refurbishment project, and some of the work can be down by yourself. Other more critical parts (such as the actual loft attic stairs or ladder) are easier bought in […]

These proposals were set out a while back but we’ve been busy. The basic scheme is better than people expected with these figures: A feed in tariff (FIT) allows home produced electricity from solar, wind, GSHP or water (etc) to compete on the grid, as national grid supplies are heavily subsidised. Electricity is paid at […]

Penang is a UNESCO world heritage city but has an over supply of high rise condos while many old buildings are left to rot, or even worse, turned into swift houses (or swifthouses) (where swifts are factory farmed for bird nest soup ingredients – the nest – in old buildings that no one can afford […]

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The public can get a look at the new US Embassy to be built in Wandsworth London. It is at NLA (New London Architecture – a front for The Building Centre a Council and commercially sponsored educational body for building and DIY). Go to The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, between Friday […]

Kieran Timberlake US architect has won a US competition to design the new US embassy in London, in Wandsworth. This is the first time an embassy has been built south of the river Thames, and locals in Wandsworth and somewhat bemused. The US embassy is moving from Grosvenor Square – a famous central London location […]

Interesting seminars coming up on how to be on good terms with the people working on your building or large DIY job. Some people have the ‘cowboy builders‘ idea stuck in their head from watching TV scare programmes and so they start off badly with builders or contractors. Things always go wrong and always cost […]


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