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Principal Areas to Consider in Sustainable Construction - Before starting your project find out more about the key areas you need consider.
Green Building Materials - An awareness of the impact of specifying materials is an essential part of the approach to green building design. This section looks at a large variety of traditional, contemporary and new materials and products.
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Carbon Calculator - Work out what your current carbon footprint is, and get some pointers on how to reduce it.
Exemplar Refurbishment Projects - The Energy Saving Trust Housing Programme has been involved with various refurbishment projects around the UK. These exemplar home projects achieve a high level of energy efficiency and are used to showcase or trial energy saving and low carbon technologies.
Generate Your Own Energy! - Information on the various different green technologies.
Planning Policy and Building Standards - Find out more about national and local planning policy, plus building standards for greener homes.
Traditional Buildings - Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has some useful guides on renewable energy and energy conservation in traditional home.
The Self Build Portal - Interested in building your own home? Then look no further, as this site highlights all the issues you need to consider and assists you with working out an appropriate budget.
How is Suffolk County Council Reducing carbon emissions from its own properties? - Find out more here.
The following websites all offer general advice on green buildings:
The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products - The ASBP is a cross sector, not for profit organisation, comprising, building product manufacturers and distributors, specifiers, designers, contractors, public interest and sustainability organisations, academics and other building practitioners. We are committed to accelerating the transition to a high performance, healthy and low carbon built environment by championing the increased understanding and use of building products that meet demonstrably high standards of sustainability.
BRE Green Guide - Aims to provide designers and specifiers with easy-to-use guidance on how to make the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components.
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) - Based in Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) aims to demonstrate practical solutions for improving the environmental sustainability of buildings. Includes advice on green building materials and energy sources.
Energy Saving Trust - Information aimed at housing professionals, it also gives valuable information for homeowners on how to reduce emissions and make radical improvements to energy performance that go beyond current building regulations. Advice for both new and existing housing is available along with informative case studies.
English Heritage - For traditional and historical buildings, English Heritage have been researching the best ways of adapting older buildings to climate change.
Green Building Press - This is a website for green building 'professionals and enthusiasts'. It produces a variety of publications; mostly magazines and books.
GreenSpec - It provides information about green building products, design and specifications. Includes a green buildings glossary, product and tradesmen directories, and a great guide to green wash!
Sustainable Build - Comprehensive site with detailed eco friendly building tips and advice.