21. 12. 2015
The Scandal of the Performance Gap in the Housing Industry
Many people driving a new car have long suspected that the fuel consumption demonstrated in the manufacture’s brochure is significantly out of line with the reality of the day to day running of the vehicle. And...
02. 06. 2010
Encountered my first Minister in the new Coalition government – in the shape of Grant Shapps, Minister for Housing – on Thursday last week at the ‘Opening Ceremony’ for a new housing development getting underway in Swindon.
Not just any old housing development. The Triangle is a...
03. 03. 2008
What a treat yesterday (28/3): a visit to the EcoBuild Exhibition at Earls Court. I think this is the fourth or fifth of these exhibitions – and it started out very small and very ‘niche’.
The 2008 Exhibition is big, bold and bullish. With dozens of mainstream industry giants...
05. 11. 2007
There is something incredibly narrow and reductionist about today’s housing debate, in that it all comes down to crude numbers. How many more houses do we need, by when and where?
Gordon Brown has of course upped the ante by plumping for 3 million new homes, which boils down to...
18. 10. 2007
Readers may be interested in an article I wrote for Building Design:
“Compare Germany’s retrofit of its existing stock with our own seriously clunky energy commitment”
Why put a price on the priceless importance of carbon free homes?