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

Are we ruled by natureless economists?

Paris climate protection agreement

The US Supreme Court stopped President Obama's climate protection plan following proceedings by 27 Republican-governed states and business associations (ZEIT ONLINE, 10 February, 2016). Majority leader in the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy called Obama's initiative an unlawful misuse of power and a risk to energy security and jobs.