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humblebee hive – retrofit #1

It’s fair to say phase 1 of humblebee HQ’s retrofit has stretched over quite some time… We started planning – with a duly filled-in draft Passivhaus (PHPP) model – back in, ooh, I don’t quite recall, but a good 2.5-3 years ago. We are broadly aiming for the...

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People Powered Retrofit Just an update to let you know I am a Retrofit Assessor for Urbed and the Carbon Coop‘s People Powered Retrofit scheme. Unfortunately, they have a long waiting list for assessments, which householders can then progress through the design stages and construction,...

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Home of 2030….now

Today the winners of the Home of 2030 competition have been announced, but win or lose, we know how important it is to get future housing right for the next generation. We took the 5 Capitals approach to try to redress the balance towards the Social, Human and Natural worlds, and the Construction...

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The Positive+ Collective

“When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little dance.” Wow, wow, wow! I am so excited because a few months ago, an ex-colleague from my Arup London days – the brilliant Adrian Campbell of changebuilding – asked me if I’d be interested in contributing to a design...

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The War on Plastic – hey, what’s the problem?

Plastic, a journey across the seven seas… So… what’s the problem with plastic? Why has our wonder material been making so many waves at the moment. And is it really that bad? Aren’t alternatives just as bad if not worse (this I hear a lot…). Here goes… According to the BBC documentary...

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Healthier Homes – What can you do?

No more draughty, gas guzzling dwellings – my top tips for improving comfort, indoor health and energy efficiency. The switch in most households to LED lighting was the largest contribution to the drop in the UK’s carbon emissions last year. Meanwhile, the incentives for renewable energy...

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I have a new gadget… a thermal imaging camera!

Or the use of one I should say… I hate being cold. I’m pretty “nesh” as they might describe me in these parts, or “frileuse” in my family…. So maybe it was accidentally on purpose that I fell into my job as a “comfort” engineer. I might therefore be forgiven for my mission to provide as...

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What’s in a name?

That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet…” So here it is – my brand name launch… welcome to humblebee! Why, I hear you whisper? As soon as I told my children I was going to stop working for Arup (“mummy, that means you’re free!”… heart strings properly tugged),...

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