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  1. Low impact development
  2. Campaign groups
  3. Eco-housing projects
  4. Green builders
  5. Self-build
  6. Green mortgages
  7. Green estate agents
  8. Architects & engineers
  9. Green Specification
  10. Straw bale construction
  11. Earthships
  12. Green building materials
  13. Eco-timber
  14. Joinery
  15. Timber preservation & damp-proofing
  16. Lighting
  17. Paints, waxes, varnishes
  18. Energy Efficiency
  19. Renewable energy
  20. Solar water heating
  21. Solar PV
  22. Wind power
  23. Geothermal energy
  24. Grants
  25. Water collection & treatment
  26. Water efficiency
  27. Pools and water features
  28. Advice & information
  29. Publications
  30. Certification bodies
  31. Government sector
  32. Demolition & recycling
  33. Home composting & recycling
  34. More useful eco-links

Green building links - UK

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1. Low impact development

Read the book: Low Impact Development, by Simon Fairlie.

  • The Brithdir Mawr low-impact development in Pembrokeshire NP
  • Dwell Well contains an interesting selection of photos of low-impact dwellings, from Selena Merret's photo-exhibition.
  • LILI (the Low-Impact Living Initiative) runs courses run courses on self-build, solar hot water, straw-bale building, and many other hands-on green building and environmental topics. Based in Winslow, Bucks.
  • The Chapter 7 rural planning website, about how the planning system needs to be updated to allow the sustainable re-settlement of the countryside.
  • Herpetosure - sustainable, innovative and robust ecological solutions, including; newt, snake, reptile and water vole fencing, badger setts, otter holts, bat boxes and all habitat creation and translocation solutions.
  • Low Impact Housing Survey - a global survey to document of the best existing examples of Zero and Low Energy/Environmental Impact Housing.

2. Campaign groups

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3. Eco-housing projects

  • Castalia Homes, LLC is a custom home builder in Indiana that specializes in Green homes, committed to playing a leading role in environmental stewardship.
  • The Greenwich Village eco-development, next to the Millennium Dome.
  • The Guidford Ecohouse is a "a refurbished turn of the century property... The aim of Guildford Ecohouse is to show... a variety of simple and affordable initiatives... to save energy and protect the environment when refurbishing or improving their home". It is a project of Guildford Borough Council. Too bad the website is down ... do let us know of new URL.
  • The Integral Eco-village Project aims to create a community, in the vicinity of Bristol... a living space based on ecological principles which balance the inner world of personal development with the outer world of a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • The Leicester eco-house
  • Linacre College, Oxford's Abraham Building won a Green Building of the Year Award, the first multi-occupancy residential building in the UK to do so.
  • Project geo-dome - articles and information about geodesic domes, sustainable living and related environmental issues.
  • The Yellow House, in south Oxford, is an example of a 1920s ex-Council house remodelled to exhibit high energy efficiency and other "green" features.
  • Davis Caves Earth Sheltered Homes are builders of earth sheltered buildings, who share their knowledge with you via this website.
  • An international spiritual education centre founded in 1980, the Findhorn Foundation is also a suustainable ecovillage.
  • The Hockerton Housing Project - "the UK's first earth sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development. Project members live a holistic way of life in harmony with the environment, in which all ecological impacts have been considered and accounted for. The residents of the five houses generate their own clean energy, harvest their own water and recycle waste materials causing no pollution or carbon dioxide emissions. The houses are amongst the most energy efficient, purpose built dwellings in Europe. The Project also has an associated cooperative business that runs tours, workshops and provides consultancy and a range of publications."
  • The Nottingham eco-house, a conversion of an Edwardian red-brick semi into an eco-home embodying a wide range of ecological principles. Many useful details of construction, sources of materials etc.
  • The Tree House, Clapham - an energy self-sufficient, low environmental impact house in Clapham, South London. Built on a tiny site, designed to mimick the form of the tree next to it.
  • The Zero Energy Development in Beddington, South London

4. Green builders

  • AECB, the Association for Environment Conscious Building, is a membership organisation of over 1,200 architecture and building companies designing or building ecobuildings in the UK. The site is full of information, and will be able to tell you of members in your area.
  • Ecobuildings UK is environmentally conscious building company and specialist in timber-frames and green oak. Based in SE Wales, covers S Wales & SW England.
  • The Green Register of Construction Professionals is a networking & training organisation for ecological construction professionals. It also provides a member listing, for those in search of green building expertise.
  • Myddelton Construction Ltd are specialist building contractors with expertise in Heritage restorations, sustainable building techniques and sustainable community development. Currently working on the "Middleton Sustainable Community" development.
  • SpellerMetcalfe Ltd - carries out construction of Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM projects for indiviuals and organisations nationwide.
  • St Astier Ltd are specialists in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings and structures and claim to be "sustainable and socially responsible".
  • Cabinco Sustainable Building design custom timber buildings for the commercial and domestic market. Their high quality, sustainable buildings have been used for school buildings, visitor centres, school shelters, outdoor classrooms as well as home offices, pool enclosures, etc.
  • Green Light Construction aims to increase the use, awareness and acceptance of holistic and sustainable building methods, materials and processes. "Let greenlight show you the way!"
  • Jack in the green builders and lime plasterers specialise in the sympathetic repair and rennovation of traditional buildings. Operating in South Cumbria and Mid/North Devon, we use traditional and environmentally sustainable materials such as lime, cob and reclaimed/ locally sourced timber.
  • Scott McEwan Builders Ltd carries out ecological & conservation building works for individuals and companies, predominantly in the central belt of Scotland.
  • Standing Stone is a specialist in dry stone and lime mortar wall construction and repair. Aims to increase biodiversity in the smaller garden by use of stone.
  • Sub-Lime Renovations - specialists in the repair and renovations to period and listed buildings, using traditional building methods and materials, such as Cob, Lime and Stone. Resources and Discussion forum also incorporated to website
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5. Self-build

  • Log Home Kits "supply log homes in kit form or to clients own stage choice, from our own plans or clients designs". Promises that timber comes from eco sources but no mention of FSC certification.
  • Sipframe offer low energy and passive house construction kits using highly insulated Structural Insulated Panel systems and incorporating ventilation & heat recovery with space and water heating systems using renewable energy.
  • Put together by Build It magazine, these pages on Self Build are a useful introduction to the subject.
  • Self Build ABC - details on building plots for sale, purchasing through land for sale through land agents. Information on planning and constructing a self build house.
  • The Self Build Guide - information on all aspects of self building your own home from buying land to house design, house construction methods, sustainability, money matters and managing your project to a successful completion.

6. Green mortgages

  • The Co-operative Bank pays to offset a fifth or the carbon emissions arising from the homes it mortgages, through Climate Care. The money goes into reforestation in African national parks, and energy efficiency projects.
  • Norwich & Peterborough Building Society offers a "green mortage" for properties that meet strict energy effiociency criteria.
  • Ecology Building Society promotes sustainable housing and sustainable communities. It provides finance for energy efficient housing, ecological renovation, derelict and dilapidated properties, small-scale and ecological enterprise, and low-impact lifestyles.

7. Green estate agents

  • GreenMoves advertises eco property for sale and for shared ownership in the UK. Sponsored by WWF, Ecology Building Society and Naturesave Trust.

8. Architects & engineers

  • Gordon Clarke Architects founded in 1999, "combine building methods which care for our planet and our future, with the highest quality design and a full professional service".
  • Rise Architecture is a "sustainable" architectural practice based in Manchester, concerned with green architectural technology.
  • Sponge is an independent network of professionals who share an interest in sustainable development. It organises regular events for members to meet & learn & develop fresh ideas.
  • The Green Register of Construction Professionals is a networking & training organisation for ecological construction professionals. It also provides a member listing, for those in search of green building expertise.
  • Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) is Scotland's premier NGO for promoting ecological design. It runs a events & projects on sustainable design such as local specification in Scotland, design for deconstruction.
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9. Green Specification

  • GreenSpec aims to become the encyclopedia of sustainable construction including: product pages, specifications, material property comparisons, design guidance, renewable services guides, whole life cost data, image bank, diary, CPD, bibliography, etc.

10. Straw bale construction

  • Based on the Isle of Wight, Aldermoor Farm holds weekend workshops on straw bale building, countryside crafts, etc.
  • Straw Bale Futures - offers a free download (1MB .pdf) of the Guide to Straw Bale Building.
  • The world of strawbale building website has excellent information about strawbale building in the UK with pictures, also links to other strawbale sites in the UK and worldwide.
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11. Earthships

Earthships are buildings made principally from used tyres filled with earth. This is a low-cost, energy-efficient, long-lasting form of construction which makes good use of an abundant waste material. They have been adapted to a wide range of environments around the world.

  • Low Carbon is working to create the Brighton Earthship.
  • Earthship are solar powered homes and work spaces, built from used tyres packed with earth. They use the sun's energy and rain to provide heat, power and water, so they are autonomous and cheap to run. Find out about the thousands of examples around the world.
  • Earthlog Equity for custom earth-sheltered, earthlog, log homes & commercial structures. Canada-based.
  • Earthship eco-housing development in Scotland
  • The Scottish Earthship, in Fife, due for completion late 2002.
  • The Scottish Eco-Housing Co-operative is a self-build eco-housing co-operative seeking a site in rural Scotland to build affordable, self-sufficient homes such as Earthships and straw bale in an off-grid community.

12. Green building materials

  • Burdens Environmental - products & services for the life cycle of the built environment, from SUDS & rainwater harvesting to loft insulation & green roofs. Expert advice and guidance with Nationwide coverage.
  • Coconut Fibre Housing Construction - green building using coconut fibre panels for walling construction.
  • Earth and Reed Ltd supplies environmentally responsible building and decorating materials, offers consultancy on the restoration of old buildings, especially timber framed structures, and creates bespoke stained glass and mirrors.
  • The GreenPro Ecobuilding Product Library lists over 1000 eco-building products for the UK, under dozens of product categories. Great, but paying members only can access the archive.
  • The Green Shop sell a wide range of eco-building and household products. Based in a biodiesel-selling garage near Stroud, Glos.
  • Mike Wye & Associates supply natural building and decorating materials such as lime putty, lime mortars, limewash, sheepswool, natural emulsions and oils. Plus guidesheets, prices, specs and a phone helpline.
  • Natural Insulations supplies nontoxic non irritant natural insulations, eg Warmcel 100 cellulose fibre insulation for lofts and timber floors and Natilin flax insulation in rolls and batts for walls and sloping ceilings.
  • Seconds & Co of Presteigne, Powys, are suppliers of "second" quality rigid foam insulating boards like Cellotex & Kingspan, for a fraction of the usual price. Nationwide deliveries.
  • The Green Building Site - suppliers of Green Building Solutions and advisors of eco building products to the trade & public.
  • The Lime Centre, just outside Winchester, is a superb source of information about building with lime mortars plasters and washes, and runs excellent courses. It also supplies lime putty, and all the other materials you will need to build with lime.
  • The Cardboard School. "The idea of the project is to show how cardboard can work as a building material. It is relevant in environmental terms (as a waste product), in cost terms (it can be cheap), as an example of process innovation (design team working with fabricator
  • Construction Resources claims to be "Britain's first ecological builders' merchant, training centre & consultancy for ecological building". It sells a range of paints, varnishes, insulation, timber construction, rainwater & solar systems.
  • The Green Building Store, for a wide range of green building materials.
  • GreenSpec aims to become the encyclopedia of sustainable construction including: product pages, specifications, material property comparisons, design guidance, renewable services guides, whole life cost data, image bank, diary, CPD, bibliography, etc.
  • Lime Technology has developed a range of dry lime mortars and plasters as "an economical, sustainable alternative to cement mortars and plasters for new-build projects". These are available in 25kg bags or in silos.
  • Natural Building Technologies - a company selling ecological building materials throughout the UK, and developing new products such as flax insulation, earthen blocks mortars and plasters
  • Old House Store is a builders merchant specialising in traditional and eco-friendly building and decorating materials. Over 200 product lines include lime plasters and mortars, earth/clay products, eco-friendly paints and natural insulations.
  • Second Nature are sellers of world-famous Thermafleece - made "from British hill sheep's wool to create an exceptionally efficient insulation material in both new-build and refurbishment projects which is absolutely safe to use".
  • Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd are manufacturers and suppliers of eco building materials and paints - lime mortars and plasters, ecological emulsions, glaster (lime plaster with recycled glass), limecrete floors as well as insulation and building boards. A wide range of accredited courses.

13. Eco-timber

  • The Certified Forests website has an impressive database of FSC-certified forests worldwide.
  • FSC UK has information about the FSC's activities in the UK, links to FSC products and suppliers, etc.
  • FSC info is a comprehensive database of FSC certificates worldwide, including those of timber producers and of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. It allows you to search by product type.
  • Smith Bros - Enviro Materials - a leading supplier of natural and sustainable building and decorating materials including natural paints, insulation, wood care and plasters plus a green wood alternative used for cladding decking and screening.
  • The Soil Association's Woodmark Scheme.
  • The Forest Stewardship Council provides the only credible certification system for timber and wood products from sustainably managed forests. It is backed by WWF, Greenpeace, FoE etc. FSC-certified products are now widely available in the UK.
  • SmartPly manufacture SmartPly OSB, a sustainable FSC rated product that is manufactured in Ireland. A wood panel product that replaces Plywood and Chipboard for flooring, roofing and wall sheathing.
  • Urbane Flooring are suppliers of bamboo flooring, with "all the technical advantages of an adhered hardwood floor". As a very fast-growing plant, bamboo is a highly renewable resource as well as durable in use.
  • The WWF 1995+ Group is a group of UK companies committed to using timber & wood products that are legal and credibly certified (eg FSC). It includes some big names - B&Q, WH Smith, Boots, Railtrack...

14. Joinery

  • Traditional and contemporary furniture by Hancox's Handmade Furniture is designed to your requirements, made from local + sustainable or FSC hardwoods with natural finishes.
  • Swing Seats of Sustainability. - Lyme Regis based joiner Martin Young is a bespoke swing seat maker who uses local seasoned Oak, Western Red Cedar and joinery timber from FSC approved sources to create these comfortable and aesthetically pleasing seats.
  • zavosky woodworkers for timber framed buildings, shelters, barns, sawmilling, greenwood training project, coracles ... somewhere in Wales.
  • Merrin Joinery manufactures windows, doors, staircases and other bespoke joinery items. That are committed to seeking out credibly certified (eg, FSC) timber and can advise on the whole life-cycle, from selection of timber and waste reduction, to energy efficiency in use.
  • The California Shutters Company manufacturers and supplies wooden shutters certified by the FSC as sustainable woodland sources. Available to buy online from our shutter shop for DIY installation.
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15. Timber preservation & damp-proofing

  • Hutton and Rostron Environmental Investigations specialise in the control of woodworm, dry rot and damp without chemical treatments and damp course. "Our approach is to build out the problems that cause woodworm and timber decay, rather than just 'treat' the symptoms...". Also recommends suitable FSC-certified timbers.
  • treatdamp.co.uk supply a range of environmentally friendly damp proofing products and waterproofing membranes, including membranes for green roofs!

16. Lighting

  • Glanvilles of Wadebridge are a family run lighting and cookware retailer based in Cornwall. Stocks a large selection of low-energy, long-life bulbs and are happy to advise on all lighting concerns.
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17. Paints, waxes, varnishes

Paints can have a significant environmental impact, for example through the solvents used. The manufacture of titanium dioxide as a paint whitener is also a significant source of industrial pollution and stimulates mining in important wildlife areas.

  • Agwoodcare are suppliers of a wide range of wood care products including natural wood finishes from Osmo.
  • EarthBorn is a range of natural paints, varnishes and flooring products designed to provide a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional paints and varnishes without sacrificing quality and performance.
  • Ecos organic paints - their odourless, solvent-free paints come in an impressive 108 colours. Next-day delivery offered.
  • Natural Paint Distribution is an online information site for the AGLAIA range of pure natural paints and other decorating products. AGLAIA products are of the highest possible quality and 100% natural and provide you with a full declaration of ingredients used.
  • Old House Store is a builders merchant specialising in traditional and eco-friendly building and decorating materials. Over 200 product lines include lime plasters and mortars, earth/clay products, eco-friendly paints and natural insulations.
  • Construction Resources claims to be "Britain's first ecological builders' merchant, training centre & consultancy for ecological building". It sells a range of paints, varnishes, insulation, timber construction, rainwater & solar systems.
  • Eco-dec - ecological decorating service to commercial & residential sectors. Specification service for paints, wallcoverings and treatment solutions. Heritage vetted restoration specialist.
  • Mike Wye & Associates supply natural building and decorating materials such as lime putty, lime mortars, limewash, sheepswool, natural emulsions and oils. Plus guidesheets, prices, specs and a phone helpline.
  • Natural Deco - leading supplier of natural and sustainable building and decorating materials including natural paints, insulation, wood care and plasters plus a green wood alternative used for cladding decking and screening.
  • OsColor sells a hardwax-oil product for seaking wood and cork surfaces, including floors.

18. Energy Efficiency

  • Energy Savings Trust - "Our goal is to achieve the sustainable and efficient use of energy, to cut the carbon dioxide emissions which are the key contributor to global warming. We are a non-profit organisation funded by governments and the private sector."
  • Mark Group Insulation is a nationwide company dedicated to providing a 'whole house' solution to energy efficiency. Our services are tailored for individual homeowners as well as builders, architects, local authorities and government bodies.
  • EU Directive on energy in buildings - the UK Govt plan to implement it
  • Fuel Cell Markets Ltd assist with the development, commercialization, and introduction of fuel cell, hydrogen, and sustainable energy technologies into industry and society.
  • Power-Pipe UK - claims to reclaim over 60% of the energy dumped down our drains in the form of hot waste water, using it to pre-warm water going into heating system.
  • Syntegra Consulting Ltd - for energy consultancy: EPC certificates, DEC's, HIP's. Nationwide coverage.
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19. Renewable energy

  • Britisheco is an online store selling a wide range of portable solar, renewable, composting, wildlife, outdoor and other green gardening products.
  • The Energy and Environmental Management Group, a company that designs, specifies, supplies and installs renewable energy systems
  • The Green Electric website has links to everything you want to know about Green Electric in the UK.
  • Green Systems UK - design and installation of vacuum tube & flat plate solar hot water systems, heat pumps, underfloor heating and bio-mass boliers.
  • The International Solar Energy Society - actually promoting renewables generally, not just solar.
  • At NESEA's green building pages you can find out how to save energy at home, read about various approaches to environmentally sound, energy-efficient building design, and learn about solar buildings.
  • The Sherwood Energy Village, "transforming a 91-acre former colliery into an environmental enterprise comprising industry, commerce, housing, education, recreation, tourism and leisure".
  • Sun, Wind & Rain Ltd are suppliers and Installers of Solar PV, Wind Turbines, Rain Water Harvesting Systems and Composters. We are also suppliers of LED Low Energy Lighting for domestic and commercial applications.
  • The Wood Energy Business Scheme aims to establish a network of wood fuelled installations across Wales, producing clean heat and electricity and strengthening the timber supply chain.
  • Encraft provide householders with tailored briefings so they can invest with confidence in energy solutions to match their lifestyle needs and environmental, economic and practical aims.
  • Envirozone offer sustainable building solutions which include, SIP 'passive house' construction systems, air, water & ground source heat pumps, solar water heating, wood pellet boilers, wind turbines and waste water heat recovery systems.
  • Green Dragon Energy do small-medium scale renewable energy installations - wind, solar, micro-hydro... Based in mid-Wales but will travel (as far as Somalia, Kenya). Also run courses.
  • The island of Samsoe, Denmark, was in 1998 selected by the Danish Government as a community to be supplied with 100% renewable energy within a decade.
  • The Society for the Promotion of Renewable Energies is a non-profit transregional NGO that promotes renewable energy and represents RE businesses.
  • The Solar Energy Society (UK) - "a forum for all those interested in the advancement of the utilisation of the sun's energy. Members are drawn from industry, government, academic institutions, architectural and engineering practices, as well as the general public..."

20. Solar water heating

  • AE Solar Systems - solar heating specialist installers, providing solar water heating systems that are guaranteed and installed by qualified professionals.
  • Green Systems UK - design and installation of vacuum tube & flat plate solar hot water systems, heat pumps, underfloor heating and bio-mass boliers.
  • Solar Panel Heating Systems - guide to solar heating for residential homes in the UK.
  • Solartwin offers a relatively simple, low-cost solar water heating solution, that heats the water in the tank directly.
  • Solar Future specialises in solar hot water systems, ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic, biomass and wind turbines systems - so you can invest to save the future of our planet.
  • Viridian Solar offer roof-integrated solar water heating panels optimised for the construction industry.
  • Zen Eaga Solar Limited offers a complete one stop shop for solar water heating systems from site survey to commissioning. National coverage more than 50,000 systems installed.
  • aztec solar water heating supply the most comprehensive solar water heating kits and installation in the UK using our own Aztec pumping station.
  • The Energy and Environmental Management Group, a company that designs, specifies, supplies and installs renewable energy systems
  • Heat my Home Solar Panels - domestic solar panels for the UK, including DIY solar panel kits, evacuated solar tubes, PV solar installations and local solar installers.
  • The Solar Design Company design, install & maintain solar heating systems.
  • Thames Valley Solar - for solar water heating installations and repairs in Oxford and the Thames Valley.
  • Thermomax make high quality equipment for solar hot water heating. The Thermomax Evacuated Heat Pipe Solar Collector is a proven, high-performance product that can provide solar heating even in wintertime. The product is currently being sold to more than 40 countries.
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21. Solar PV

  • Everything Solar Powered offer a wide variety of solar products for home, garden, car or personal use ... They also design & install ground heat pumps, underfloor heating, solar PV, solar water heating and condensing boilers.
  • The solar energy alliance are solar energy and wind power specialists. They advise, design, supply and install.
  • The International Solar Energy Society aims to promote the use of renewable energy while advising governments on its use.
  • Solar Century is, without doubt, the UK's top solar energy installations company - under the inspired leadership of former Greenpeace Scientific Director Jeremy Leggett.
  • WireFreeDirect Ltd is a an online store selling a wide range of wireless, solar and renewable energy products for homes and businesses.

22. Wind power

  • Enflo-systems UK offer the latest technology in small scale wind turbines for the UK and Ireland markets. These diffuser augmented German turbines boast much higher output per kW than convential wind generation systems.
  • The solar energy alliance are solar energy and wind power specialists. They advise, design, supply and install.
  • WireFreeDirect Ltd is a an online store selling a wide range of wireless, solar and renewable energy products for homes and businesses.
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23. Geothermal energy

  • Avenir Energie - based in France, the company also installs "geothermal" heating systems in the UK, based on using an extensive area of garden as a thermal store that heats your home via an electric heat pump. Claims to halve the cost of heating your house via natural gas CH.
  • POSCH makes & sells geothermal systems and indoor pool dehumidifiers. The company also provides engineering support and design specifications.
  • Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems Ltd are Europe's largest suppliers and installers of Geothermal systems for housing, education and commercial use. "Our systems have a low cost and high effiency which makes them very desirable for everyone."
  • Greenspot Renewable Energies designs and installs geothermal systems across the UK & Ireland. Products range from a self install kit, to grant-assisted Water to Water systems, that are very economical in operation.

24. Grants

  • The Clear Skies initiative provides domestic / community grants for Solar Water Heating, Wind, Hydro, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Automated Wood Pellet Stoves and Wood fuel boilers.
  • The Energy Savings Trust has posted useful info on Solar grants.
  • The Government's Low carbon buildings tells you of the various grants on offer for green generation and heating technologies. Curiously, no inventives for ipriving energy efficiency though, even though far more cost-effective in most cases.
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25. Water collection & treatment

  • 3P Technik UK have an impressive range of products for collecting & filtering rainwater for use in home or garden. The website also has lots of information on rainwater harvesting. Based in W Wales, and founder member of the UK Rainwater Association.
  • Green Rock UK manufacture a "no power" sewage treatment system suitable for new build or refurbished off mains sewage systems.
  • Natural Solutions composting toilets. Based in mid-Wales, this innovative business has considerable expertise in the design, manufacture & installation of... sweet-smelling, urine-separating, stainless-steel finish composting toilets. Much cheaper than septic tanks!
  • Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. design & install rainwater harvesting & storage systems. The website also provides a lot of useful information on the principles and practice of rainwater harvesting, plus details of specialist products.
  • SUD Solutions is an engineering consultancy specialising in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS). We sell a computer package that predicts the hydraulic and financial performance of rainwater harvesting systems
  • Water-Sanitation-Hygiene hosts the largest collection of free technical documents on the web for water collection, storage, treatment and distribution including practical 'how to' guides on rainwater harvesting, water drilling, and simple water treatment.
  • Coppa Gutta Ltd are UK manufacturers of copper rainwater systems, available to suit all properties and buildings. Copper gutters last indefinitely without maintenance and are thus a sustainable option.
  • Flexible Lining Products are suppliers of butyl rubber, EPDM and PVC lining materials for roofing, reed beds, ponds, reservoirs etc including geotextiles and bespoke tank and box-welded liners. The products themselvers are not green, but will be useful in many green building applications.
  • OASIS Rainwater Harvesting Systems - design, manufacture & install rainwater harvesting systems. The website also provides a guide to rainwater harvesting, plus details of specialist products.
  • Safewater Ltd makes an L8-approved non-chemical water treatment system. it claims to be "the only organisation with full accreditation and protected IPR whose products are environmentally friendly, replacing chlorination, UV, Ozone Generators".
  • The UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, promoting this still fledgling industry in the UK.
  • Volcanic Mineral Water Systems - about the "unique Wellness Filter water system from Japan". Not sure how 'green' this is, but it must be better than buying the bottled stuff.

26. Water efficiency

  • Flow Regulating Isolation Valve - the CP961 flow regulating isloation valve can be fitted with any tap or shower and will regulate flow to the desired level through the insertion of a flow regulating cartridge which can be fitted or changed with valve in situ without draining system.
  • Tapmagic supplies tap inserts which can be fitted to the majority of UK basin taps. They allow an economical 'spray mode' and a 'full flow mode'. The company claims that water use can be reduced by 50-70 percent.
  • Put a Hippo the Watersaver in your toilet cistern, and it will save 3 litres of water on every flush.
  • The Interflush is the biggest water saving device in 140 years, reducing water use and leakage in toilets. "It makes ALL other flushing systems obsolete", claims its Yorkshire based inventor.
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27. Pools and water features

  • brooks services supply solar swimming pools across the UK. All solar pools include flow switches to protect the existing swimming pool filtration system
  • Clear Water Revival specialise in natural swimming pools and renewable energy options to heat and power any swimming pool.
  • Water feature design - Water feature design,natural pools and water features designed and constructed using low energy equipment and recyclable pool linings.

28. Advice & information

  • Advanced Building Technologies offers an extensive database of environmentally appropriate building technologies.
  • AECB, the Association for Environment Conscious Building, is a membership organisation of over 1,200 architecture and building companies designing or building ecobuildings in the UK. The site is full of information, and will be able to tell you of members in your area.
  • The Building Environmental Science and Technology site has facts, figures, essays and a useful Green Building Primer.
  • Building design directory for Architects and Building Services Engineers.Not specifically green in orientation, but could still help you find that green product or service you are looking for...
  • Bulding Futures is a joint initiative between the RIBA and CABE that examines potential solutions for the built environment some 20 years ahead.
  • Derbyshire Alternative Technology Association, (DATA).
  • The Environmental Building News website, with news of green building news in the UK, and a discussion forum.
  • Based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is a leading research organization in energy-efficient building and indoor air quality.
  • Green Light Construction aims to increase the use, awareness and acceptance of holistic and sustainable building methods, materials and processes. "Let greenlight show you the way!"
  • At NESEA's green building pages you can find out how to save energy at home, read about various approaches to environmentally sound, energy-efficient building design, and learn about solar buildings.
  • Rethinking Construction is an initiative of the UK construction industry, its clients and Government to improve UK construction performance.
  • Sustainability Works is packed full of references and ideas on sustainable housing and provides support for organisations wanting to develop their own sustainable housing policies.
  • The Lime Centre, just outside Winchester, is a superb source of information about building with lime mortars plasters and washes, and runs excellent courses. It also supplies lime putty, and all the other materials you will need to build with lime.
  • UK Green Building Council Watch monitors the progress of the development of a Green Building Council for the United Kingdom
  • Advanced Buildings - the building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally-appropriate technologies and practices
  • BEES 2.0 (Building for Environmental & Economic Sustainability), software download for the evaluation of green building products
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory has created this Building Envelope Research site with information on the thermal performance of various building envelopes.
  • Building Science Corporation is the place to find out about engineer Joe Lstiburek's seminal approach to energy-efficient, healthy construction.
  • The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is a leading UK centre of expertise on buildings, construction, energy, environment, fire and risk. It provides consultancy, testing and certification services.
  • Construction industry gateway
  • Energy Savings Trust - "Our goal is to achieve the sustainable and efficient use of energy, to cut the carbon dioxide emissions which are the key contributor to global warming. We are a non-profit organisation funded by governments and the private sector."
  • Green Construction site, stuffed with useful info
  • GreenSpec aims to become the encyclopedia of sustainable construction including: product pages, specifications, material property comparisons, design guidance, renewable services guides, whole life cost data, image bank, diary, CPD, bibliography, etc.
  • Renovation Expert was formed to offer a unique reference point on building improvement and renovation advice. Whether you are a property developer or simply renovating your home, we offer you help and advice on all aspects of building renovation.
  • Sponge is an independent network of professionals who share an interest in sustainable development. It organises regular events for members to meet & learn & develop fresh ideas.
  • The Friendly House - all about environmentally friendly houses, green building, self sufficiency, sustainable and renewable energy. The technology, new developments, as well as UK product and service reviews.
  • The Treehouse Guide - design and build advice covering tree selection and tree health, support techniques, safety in the tree, materials to use and planning tips.
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29. Publications

30. Certification bodies

  • BM Trada was originally established to develop quality assurance schemes in the construction industry, and has since expanded into many other sectors.
  • The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is a leading UK centre of expertise on buildings, construction, energy, environment, fire and risk. It provides consultancy, testing and certification services.
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31. Government sector

32. Demolition & recycling

  • Architectural Salvage - we supply reclaimed building materials & architectural antiques, ensuring that products used in construction are recycled and preserved.
  • Reclaimed Building Materials - helping you to source reclaimed building materials ...
  • Recycled glass in bricks - using 5% recycled glass powder in bricks can save 20% of the energy of manufacture. UK-wide, this would use 8 million wine bottles, saving them from landfill.
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33. Home composting & recycling

  • Britisheco is an online store selling a wide range of portable solar, renewable, composting, wildlife, outdoor and other green gardening products.
  • Natural Solutions composting toilets. Based in mid-Wales, this innovative business has considerable expertise in the design, manufacture & installation of... sweet-smelling, urine-separating, stainless-steel finish composting toilets. Much cheaper than septic tanks!
  • Home Recycling Ltd stock a very wide range of domestic recycling bins and can crushers.
  • imrubbish.co.uk - sells recycling and waste bins and provides information about waste management and its impact on the environment.
  • Urbancomposting has a selection of compost bins, tumblers and worm bins, also a good information resource about urban composting & many links.
  • WigglyWigglers supply composters and wormeries to digest your kitchen and garden waste.

34. More useful eco-links

  • The Green Electric website has links to everything you want to know about Green Electric in the UK.
  • tfX is the UK campaign against trans fats - the "stealth killer" damaged fats found in most processed foods.
  • Try roadrage.org.uk for transport-related links, road protests etc in the UK.
  • Loads of useful & interesting wildlife links, mainly UK, to be found here at wildfile.co.uk.
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