An Englishman’s home is his castle, and for that reason, many people love the idea of building their own home. Undertaking a self build project can also be a fantastic way to give yourself an eco-home, filled with the highest quality insulation, natural finishes and ethically sourced furnishings.
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A proposal to build an eco home near to the site of a former asbestos factory is facing continued opposition from a local action group. The proposal to build a three bedroom house on a car park which is situated across the road from the site of Acre Mill where the former Cape Asbestos factory was in operation.
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon will be hosting the Big Green Home Show this weekend, 23rd-25th October. The green event will be the second Big Green Home Show held at the venue and will feature a wide range of activities including seminars, live building demonstrations and a large number of experts on site throughout the weekend.
Film director Guy Ritchie has submitted proposals to make Ashcombe House in Wiltshire “more self-sufficient”. 40 year old Ritchie received the home as part of the settlement following his split with Queen of pop Madonna and is looking to put plans into place that will make the 18th Century estate, worth £9 million, a greener, more sustainable place to live.
Yesterday, the Housing Minister for Wales, Jane Davidson, announced that Wales will be setting stricter rules on new buildings from September 1st. The building regulations currently in place are outdated and this movement will help create more sustainable homes in the future.
The Eco-Village near Bishops Castle in Shropshire was made famous by its pledges to create a community of 40 houses with energy efficient designs and low carbon running costs, but now residents are up in arms as Living Villages, the company responsible for building the development has gone into administration.
The eco-homes on the estate sport solar panels for heating water, and employ heat recovery systems, where heat is extracted from moist, warm air in the bathrooms and kitchens of the houses and is used to heat fresh air brought in from outside to warm the houses. In addition, homes are built with high levels of insulation, using draught proof doubled glazed windows from Scandinavia, and are positioned facing the sun to take advantage of natural light and heat from the sun.
Although the eco-village has received a lot of positive attention, being nominated for awards and hailed for their green entrepreneurship, The Wintles has also received its share of criticism from people saying that it is merely a playground for the rich. Whether this is true or not, it seems that for the time being, it is the end of the road for the development, where currently half built houses stand glumly waiting for someone to finish building them. Nobody ever said that building sustainably came cheap, but for people who have put down deposits on their dream home to have no sign of recovering their money, the cost is obvious. Let’s hope that somebody can come to the rescue of The Whittles and bring a happy ending to the story of the Bishops Castle eco-village.