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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 […]

Next year’s Ecobuild has a look at the effect of 3 years of Government legislation on building practice – the Code for Sustainable Homes, EPCs, and many others. These are for new building and also refurbishment and DIY refitting. We are supposed to be headed for the zero carbon home by 2016 – that is […]

World’s biggest event for sustainable green building, DIY, architecture, and living. 2 – 4 March 2010 at Earls Court London. Ecobuild has: 100 free seminars 1000 suppliers’ stands Conference with famous people Speakers include Joan Ruddock, lots more Cityscape & Ecobuild Installer – for builders, DIY fans and developers Commentators at Ecobuild Arena Sponsored by […]

Great piece in Scientific American about a plan to replace fossil fuels completely by 2030. Achievable with political will, if not capsized by vested interests of oil, coal, gas, car companies. I will add a proper article in our main web site when I get around to it (sense of urgency huh!) – and maybe […]

We have been very busy putting up new pages. We did a section on finance, looking at ways to finance property and building projects. This included personal finance, business finance, mortgage refinance, remortgages, mortgages, loans and other finance and money advice. This could be money, loans or mortgages for architecture, building, remodeling, refurbishment, extensions, major […]

Very good 2009 show. Friday was packed, with the talks well attended. Staff at Buildstore, the organisers, said they added more eco exhibits this year in response to last year’s Big Green Home Show. They also added a section outside, the Outdoor Living Zone, to the rear of BuildStore’s National Self Build & Renovation Centre […]

01 Oct, 2009

Albert Bridge London closed 2010-2011

Posted by: Geoff Davis In: architecture|Bridges|Planning|Roads

This will disrupt the usually just about OK traffic around south and central London. Traffic will be diverted to Chelsea and Battersea bridges. These are in the order CAB going upriver (towards the west – Chelsea, Albert, Battersea bridges – Battersea is the small one with lanterns and no fancy superstructure). Then WPH (Wandsworth, Putney, […]

LivingARKs, GardenARKs, and LandARKS are zero carbon off-grid buildings, which house up to 8 people. They are designed by ZEDfactory, the UK’s leading sustainable architectural firm led. They look great and have minimal impact if used with microgeneration in the form of solar panels or turbines. The LandARK is for use in hard to get […]

Poke about in other people’s homes for free. This is the weekend when you can ‘discover how great buildings shape our lives’. Whatever that means. “Transform, imagination, minds, capture, organisation, language, visionary, investment…” all the usual stuff in the blurbs they send out. Still interesting despite the best attempts to make it totally boring. Check […]

Now it is allowed to build small extensions without planning permission. Any building has to abide by Building Regulations on safety and similar aspects. Also extension volumes are now not added together, so you can now have a loft conversion and a rear or side extension without exceeding what is allowed. You can also build […]


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