Eco-friendly brand drives eco-friendly factory

Neal's Yard Remedies extends and refurbishes

When Neal’s Yard Remedies decided it needed to extend and refurbish its existing factory HQ in Dorset, it was down to award-winning architects Boon Brown to ensure the company’s green ethics were woven throughout the project. From a three-storey-high ‘living’ wall to unique honeycomb-inspired office buildings, the extensions demonstrate the

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.

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.