Low-impact building links

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Find a natural builder/architect, natural building products & services

Association for Environment-Conscious Building (AECB) directory of UK companies and organisations involved in ecological construction – builders, architects & products
Builders Without Borders international network of ecological builders working together for a sustainable
Green Building Calculator made by Brian Murphy of the Green Building Encyclopedia, it helps people to pick the right materials with the right U-values and to assess their environmental impact.
Green Register directory of green building professionals, engineers, architects, eco-refurbishers
Green Spec directory of sustainable building products and contractors
Listed Property Owners Club includes a directory of specialist companies providing services and products (usually natural and local) for the restoration of listed buildings
directory of salvage yards for recycled timber and building materials (UK and international)
Sustainable Build articles and directory of suppliers
Sustainable Floors lots of articles on sustainable floors

Associations & networks

AECB network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building
Alliance for Sustainable Building Products set up to champion the cause of sustainable building products
BREEAM ‘the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings
Builders Without Borders international network of ecological builders working together for a sustainable
Building Research Establishment (BRE) independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries
Ecological Building Network US site: ‘collaborative group of builders, scientists, architects and engineeers sharing the best knowledge we can find for everyone’s benefit’
Geiger Research Institute info, research on sustainable building; Colorado, US
Green Building Press green building magazines, books, info
INTBAU international organisation supporting traditional building and local character
Listed Property Owners Club includes a directory of specialist companies providing services and products (usually natural and local) for the restoration of listed buildings
Open Source Ecology network of farmers & engineers creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open-source, low-cost, platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization – this site has to be seen to be believed
Passive & Low-Energy Architecture organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through annual international conferences, workshops and publications
Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) promoting ecological design in Scotland


Advanced Buildings community resource for green residential or commercial construction information
Dirt Cheap Builder books and resources on natural building
GOV.UK government initiatives to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings – including the Green Deal, Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy Performance Certificates
Green Builder massive links site covering everything to do with green building
Green Home Building wealth of information on natural building
The House Planner portal for self-builders & renovators
Low-impact Housing a global survey of innovation in low-impact residential design
Natural Homes interactive map of natural homes around the world, with lots of beautiful case studies – very interesting
OldHouse.info de-mystifying traditional building and conservation; lots of information on old houses
Planning Portal information on Building Regulations
SBS more advice on Building Regs and Code for Sustainable Homes
Size Matters why you can’t have an enormous ‘green’ home
Wikipedia entry on green building, including criteria and a list of ratings organisations, frameworks and assessment tools in various countries


Build It self-build FAQs for beginners; not too hot on environmental aspects though
Down to Earth Solutions not-for-profit in Scotland, helping young people build and own their own eco-home
Get Rugged Scottish charity dedicated to sharing creative ways to enable simple, natural self-build to become an affordable and achievable housing solution
Segal Self-Build trust which helps people build their own homes
Self-Build and Design Magazine information for self-builders
Self-Build Central greener information for the UK self-builder
The Self-Build Guide site providing information to assist in building your own home
Self-Build It more information for self-builders
The Self-Build Portal portal site for potential self-builders

Examples of more conventional-looking eco-homes

BedZed the UK’s largest mixed use, carbon-neutral development, built in 2002 in south-west London
Green Homes visit green homes near you, via the Energy Saving Trust
Leicester Eco House eco community hub in Leicester
Nottingham Eco House eco home in Nottingham
Tree House, Clapham a zero-carbon house in London
The Yellow House how a 1930s terraced house in Oxford was turned into an eco dream home

Examples of extremely low-impact, super-cheap eco-homes

BBC News how to build an eco-house for £4,000
Cae Mabon some great examples of low-impact architecture
Envisioneer the website of the house in the BBC article above
Lammas self-build community in Pembrokeshire
Simon Dale and a £3000 house in Wales
That Roundhouse Tony Wrench’s famous roundhouse in Pembrokeshire


Earthship Biotecture website of Michael Reynolds, originator of the earthship concept
Earthship Europe open source earthship building for Europe
European Earthship Builders United free manuals and a map of earthships around Europe
Garbage Warrior film about Michael Reynolds and the evolution of earthships
Low Carbon Trust visit an earthship in Brighton
NBC News article – making earthships mainstream
Sustainable Communities Initiative visit an earthship in Fife
Wikipedia entry for earthship


BRE the Passivhaus standard in the UK
International Passive House Association promote the Passive House Standard and foster a greater public understanding of its significance
Passipedia Passivhaus wiki
PassivHaus Trust non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology
Passive House Designers listing of over 3000 passive house designers and consultants around the world (click the British flag if you don’t speak German)
Passive House Institute independent research institute that has played a crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction


Green Moves website advertising environmentally-friendly homes for sale in the UK
Power Tool Spares get difficult spares for power tools; repairing a tool is recycling a tool, as they say
Sustainable Homes promoting environmentally-friendly policies amongst housing associations, social landlords and other organisations
The Poosh linking up sustainable building project hosts around the world with people wanting to volunteer on sustainable building projects


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