Water, water everywhere but…how eco homes can cut their water use

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

A recent survey carried out by Unilever suggested that the amount of water used in showers is significantly more than had been imagined. The survey, which was carried out by data loggers, compiled information from 2600 showers from 100 families over a 10 day period, suggests that average shower times are in the region of 8 minutes using an average …

Can’t Stand The Heat? – Future Kitchen Trends

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We’re often asked by clients (usually the big ones), what are the current trends in kitchen design? It’s an area that’s constantly on the move and being reinvestigated – perhaps because it’s the one area of the home where form, function and passion come together, or simply because its an industry that thrives on the constant development. Importantly for me, …

Vertical Environments – Not Just Tall Stories

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Natural stuff, Technology/ Energy Saving

Recently I was asked to get involved with a TV proposal looking to create an urban vertical farm from a disused tower block – codenamed ‘Pigs in Penthouses’. Sadly the show didn’t get commissioned, which is a real shame as it was brilliantly bonkers. But it’s thought provoking just how much aerial space has yet to be reclaimed by nature. …

Love light love life? The Lighter Later campaign means one hour more of daylight in the evenings:

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With the weather getting cold and wintery, who wouldn’t want to have at least one hour more of daylight to play with … leaving work when it’s already dark can be really depressing and having at least few more minutes of daylight can really make a difference, psychologically and environmentally. The 10:10 Lighter Later campaign quite simply is all about …

Active Homes – Eco Designs, Fit For The Future

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Technology/ Energy Saving

It’s really exciting to see new ideas in homebuilding rising up. Ideas that buck the trend of lame developers and their identikit, pastiche ‘olde worlde’ style housing. Like all technology, developments in housing are happening all the time and there are some fantastic examples of truly contemporary and sustainable housing popping up. I recently took part in a seminar at …