Unloved home renovation – SuperHomer style!

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for much greater comfort, lower bills and far lower carbon emissions

We’ve all seen the high end refurbishment projects in the glossy magazines, with their designer furniture, high spec building services and renewables and highly aspirational performance targets. This case study bucks the trend, demonstrating that deep whole house refurbishments can be delivered in a pragmatic way on a limited budget.

First certified commercial passivhaus in Scotland

First certified commercial passivhaus in Scotland

BMJ Architect’s £2m Rocking Horse Nursery at Aberdeen University recently achieved Passivhaus accreditation, making it not only, the first commercial Passivhaus project in Scotland but also the first nursery in the UK to be accredited.   Sonia Scott, Director at BMJ said, “Sustainability is always an important element of

Domestic sewage systems – an ecological perspective

Wetland reedbeds for ecological sewage treatment

2015 saw changes in the guidance for discharges from septic tanks and other domestic sewage treatment systems in England. At first glance the new rules route homeowners directly into conventional solutions and don't take account of more eco-friendly options. Reed bed designer and environmental consultant Féidhlim Harty takes a closer