Month: May 2012

EU cookie law – Privacy policy updated

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Getting an Energy Performance Certificate… #1

Time to get my finger out and get an Energy Performance Certificate for the barn sorted out. After some hunting, rechecking an old forum post that I made a while ago and an email to an assessor, I established that I need an "On Construction" EPC. I refuse to use one of the national companies that come up on a Goggle search. I mean the ones that attempt to appear to be local - type 'EPC ' into a Google search and you'll see what I mean. Also, not all domestic energy assessors provide the "On Construction" version of the…
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Cradle to cradle design

I only stumbled across the concept of cradle to cradle design recently and was surprised that I'd not come across it sooner. Given that I spend quite a lot of time reading around the subjects of design and systems I'd have expected to have run into the concept before now. Cradle to cradle design (or C2C) is centred around creating efficient waste-free systems. Similar to natural systems, C2C systems exist within their own ecosystem that they enrich rather than harm. C2C design grew out of work of Walter Stahel in the 1970's who first used the phrase "cradle to cradle"…
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Lloyd Khan, making shelter simple.

I wanted to share an article I recently found on Boing Boing. It's an interview with Lloyd Khan, one of the fathers of geodesic domes. From his early life, through his career to his recent work with small homes the article makes an interesting read. Lloyd is an admirable figure, seemingly very much his own man and is someone with whom I share a deal of empathy: I like builders and I like farmers, because they have to deal with the real world. His current work is in the development of self-build, small homes, a pragmatic and empowering solution to…
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Building Progress ~ April 2012

...finishing touches...(temporarily halted)... So with our new arrival (Amy, born on the 14th of April) progress stopped in April. I'll make this post for the sake of completeness, but have no real progress to report: just some general tidying, feeding and seeding the lawn and clearing out the drainage channels prompted by all the rain we've been having. Right, now back to work and hopefully some progress to report in May...
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In my absence…

In my absence the quality of the advice on this site has certainly improved... ;) johnrush a 'Chartered Building Services Engineer' has made a couple of interesting comments on the forum. Firstly on the heating-help-needed topic, John has written an informative piece on insulation. I particularly like his holistic 'six-sided' approach to insulation: Try to think of your house as a box and you are trying to heat the inside of it. The top of the box is the easiest to deal with as it is relatively easy to add insulation to the roof space. Just dealing with the loft…
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Not been here for some time…

I've been pretty lax on this site for a few weeks now. My excuse is good as I've been getting to know my new daugther, Amy, born on the 14th of April. But now regretably it's back to work and back to MyBarnConversion... As work at the barn is now nearing an end (at least of the current phase of work), this site will be taking a slightly different direction reflecting my interests in sustainability, building, construction, homes and property. Amongst others, I've got posts on architects, Lloyd Khan, tree surgery, VAT and the Raspberry Pi coming up soon...
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