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Let there be (low energy) light

Like bicycles, filament bulbs are a design that has hardly changed over the last century. However, unlike a bicycle, which allows a person to travel at 10–15 mph, using no more power than they would require to walk, filament bulbs waste 95% of the electricity they use as heat. Indeed, in many homes the use of tungsten filament bulbs can…

Greening your home: Build yourself an Earthship

The concept of ‘earthship architecture’ took shape in the 1970s soon after the birth of the modern environmental movement. Michael Reynolds pioneered earthship houses by applying first principles to the architecture of domestic dwellings. Homes needed to do three things: first, they needed to use sustainable architecture, and building materials indigenous to the local area or recycled materials wherever possible;…

World-class cycling provision and 3D printed houses

Not content with being home to the Hovenring – an elevated cycling roundabout that pushes the boundaries of active travel infrastructure brilliance, the Dutch city of Eindhoven is pioneering 3D printed housing by unveiling the first habitable examples. Project Milestone will see five new 3d printed houses offered for rent. The building process does not rely on bricklaying – a…

Life under canvas in 2018

Now the sun has finally made an appearance, here’s our guide to the weird and wonderful tents pitched for summer 2018. Little beats sleeping under canvas, but conventional tents have a few drawbacks. Once the air temperature drops, tents cool very quickly inside and, conversely, in direct sunlight they can become like saunas. On a crowded campsite, the complete lack of sound…

No more honorifics

The use of titles to distinguish between married/unmarried women, but not men, is not only outmoded, but discriminatory so as a business we’ve now stopped using titles entirely with all our customers in written or emailed correspondence. From the start of this month, none of our written communications have included honorifics of any kind. We know it’s a small step,…