I can’t help but think that is time to change the planning laws for Eco Homes.
Now this does not mean that anyone should be able to build anything anywhere, but surely if a home is recyclable so most if not all of the materials are biodegradable and sourced locally then then should be an exception in case?
An example of this would be the home built in Pembrokeshire Wales by Sculptor Charlie Hague and his wife Megan Williams, Made from straw bales rendered in lime with a turfed roof, situated on land owned by Mr Hague’s parents, it took less than 12 months to build and cost around £15,000.
Planning permission was not initially sought although retrospective permission was applied for and turned down. Mum of one, Megan 26, acknowledged their property was built without prior consent and that ‘wasn’t the best start’.
There is even a petition with 2,661 supporters signed up to date here, I would encourage you to sign up for and support them in their quest to keep their eco home.
No one can deny this eco home sits blending into it’s environment as you can see in both in winter and summer alike, Whilst I agree from the perspective that planning should be applied for in all cases our laws defiantly should be looked at to make the process easier for those who do want to make the correct environmental choice.
I do hope that they eventually get permission granted for this beautiful little hobbit of an eco home.
What a waste of energy
The government yet again wastes time money and energy in a disorganised fashion, the amendment to the 2000 building regulations that were due to be in force on the 1st October 2009 have now been delayed. Apparently an EU member is kicking up a fuss with the new regulations being a barrier to trade, whilst we all sit and wait for the red tape to be cleared the planet suffers, we spend our valuable human resources working on this as a new development, companies in the UK invest in getting ready for the October 1st deadline training staff, printing information, testing products we can go on and on about wasted resources.
Who is responsible well I am not going to waste any more energy finding out
Five new ranges of water saving taps have been launched by Tapstore.com, these ranges have been picked to help the consumer and developer meet water saving guidelines and new part G building regulations coming out on the 1st October 2009 where the government is asking for 125 liters per day per person for all new homes.
The first of these designs is the Quadrato bathroom taps manufactured for Tapstore by Bristan with the Quadrato Eco-Click Basin Mixer with a flow restriction of 6 liters per minute giving Eco credentials with designer looks, within the range there is a choice of monobloc basin mixer with or without a pop up waste, a pair of Eco basin taps, a monobloc bidet mixer, a bath filler and a bath shower mixer, and to follow shortly there will be a thermostatic shower valve.
All the products come with a five year guarantee.
Bristan Quadrato Eco Basin Mixer RRP £129.00 Tapstore’s Eco incentive price £77.00