Sustainable Prefabricated Housing – creating faster, better, more efficient Eco homes for the future.

oliver General, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving

Here in the office we’re busy working away on a new build design for a site in Cornwall . It’s windy, rainy, cold, sunny, hot, and blustery down there, and generally all in the same day! So our natural instincts are of course, to create a design that’s as warm, energy efficient and as fast to build as possible. And …

Let There Be Eco Light: Casting a glow on upcycled Lighting

oliver General, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Upcycling is without doubt the one environmental design area that really delights and captures the public’s imagination. So, I thought I’d combine this creative genre with my love of lighting to bring you a blog post on my favourite upcycled lighting design. I’m sure, like me, you’ll be drawn to them like a moth to a…well, you see where I’m …

Bored Of Cotton? Here Are Some Brilliant New and Unique Sustainable Fabrics For The Home

oliver Fabrics, General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

  It has has been said that the battle for greater sustainability in the home will be fought on a material front. I for one am always appalled at the hidden damage many conventional materials that we use create and am similarly thrilled to find new materials that tackle the same functional issues but without impacting unnecessarily onto the environment. …

Nanotechnology – tiny solutions to big problems facing eco homes?

oliver General, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

Most people have heard of nanotechnology but cant quite picture the benefits. That’s hardly surprising when you consider that nanotechnology refers to actions below a scale of 110 nm (where one nm is one-billionth of a metre). And to put that into perspective, a hazelnut is roughly one-billionth the size of Earth.   That’s pretty tiny but we are just …

My favourite Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations for this Year

oliver General, Materials, Natural stuff, Recycling / upcycling, Vintage

What’s not to love about this mid winter festival of ours, although every year I get hit with a pang of just how am I going to do all this decorating and Christmassy stuff and still make it sustainable. Creativity, inspiration and upcycling is what’s called for. When it comes to decorating my own tree I’ve opted for a simple …

Sofa, So Green

oliver Fabrics, Furniture, General, Materials, Natural stuff, Recycling / upcycling, Vintage

Choosing eco home furnishings can be really tricky. Particularly for items that are a little more complex in their manufacture and don’t necessarily have a daily energy use. Subsequently, the provenance of manufacture and materials, embodied energy and durability of these pieces really comes into question.   Sofas are a prime example of a high-ticket, key item of furniture that …