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How does one in­cor­po­rate ecofriendly fea­tures in a new house?

“Firstly, it’s vi­tal that you start with the fun­da­men­tals of ‘ba­sic’ de­sign,” ad­vises Neal. “By this I mean the sim­ple de­sign prin­ci­ples that drive us should be non­nego­tiable in terms of site con­text. We must keep in mind the light, wind, per­ma­nent on-site el­e­ments that cre­ate cold spots, such as shad­ows from neigh­bour­ing build­ings, and other fea­tures in­clud­ing veg­e­ta­tion and the gra­di­ent. “These relate to the cor­rect ori­en­ta­tion of the build­ing and how each façade deals with each el­e­ment or site re­straint.

All these prin­ci­ples can eas­ily be adopted and re­quire lit­tle or no fur­ther cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.” Other de­sign and spec­i­fi­ca­tion as­pects may in­clude: • A well-in­su­lated build­ing with cor­rect ven­ti­la­tion; • In­cor­po­rat­ing pas­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal meth­ods such as so­lar power for heat­ing and elec­tric­ity; • Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing; • Us­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als; • Sourc­ing lo­cal ma­te­ri­als with a low car­bon foot­print.

The bed, side ta­bles and cup­boards in the main bed­room were made from OSB. Be­hind the built-in head­board is a dress­ing ta­ble, draw­ers and cup­boards. The bed was po­si­tioned this way to make the most of the view. Bed and cup­boards con­structed by Solid Goods; Ard­more wall­pa­per from Cole & Son in the UK; bed­side lamps from Wool­worths

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