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May 04 2012

Laura Paterson: Saying Goodbye to Global Site Plans and the Grid

May 4th, 2012Posted by 

For my final post, I’d like to thank everyone for reading my blogs over the last six months, I hope they brought a new and Scottish perspective to Global Site Plans; I certainly enjoyed writing about issues I care about.  Many thanks to Global Site Plans and especially Renée van Staveren for giving me this […]

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April 20 2012

Why is Minimalist Website Design Popular for Architecture Firms?

April 20th, 2012Posted by 

If your style of architecture is simple, with minimal fuss – it probably makes good business sense to apply this approach to your web presence too.  The minimalist trend in website design is a reflection of the trends in architecture – elegant and sophisticated, but not extroverted.  The art of translating a three dimensional style […]

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April 06 2012

Top Architecture Company Websites

April 6th, 2012Posted by 

An effective architecture company website can increase business and attract talented staff, which is why we’ve selected a few to illustrate how it SHOULD be done! We’ve selected these sites based on the following criteria: design, ease of use, copywriting, interactivity, use of technology, innovation and content. Rem Koolhaas, OMA Like any creative industry, architectural […]

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March 23 2012

Best Architecture Resource and News Websites

March 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Architecture, like any creative medium, is constantly changing, so it can be challenging to stay on top of the latest trends and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news.  We’ve compiled the top architecture websites to help you stay informed! ArchDaily.com ArchDaily was founded in 2008 with the mission of delivering the most complete information […]

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March 09 2012

Investigation into the UK’s ‘BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment’ Standard

March 9th, 2012Posted by 

In late 2012, BRE is adding a new national certification scheme for refurbishment “BREEAM domestic refurbishment” to its existing environmental rating system already widely used in the UK including the Code for Sustainable Homes for new build housing.  There is growing emphasis on retrofitting existing homes in the UK, with the Green Deal and Retrofit […]

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February 24 2012

Components of Successful Architecture Website Design

February 24th, 2012Posted by 

Architecture is a highly visual and creative discipline, so how your work is presented – with prominent, large images is key to selling your company.  A gallery slideshow means clients don’t have to click on to the next image.  Before and after images of a project are strong adverts for the power of your services. News […]

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February 10 2012

Lessons Learned from the U.K.’s ‘Retrofit for the Future’ Scheme

February 10th, 2012Posted by 

In 2009, the government funded Technology Strategy Board (T.S.B.) implemented a £17m programme called Retrofit for the Future.  The aim of the project was to kick-start retrofitting in the United Kingdom’s social housing stock.  The sustainable building association, AECB were asked to develop performance targets for the project:   Energy targets were based on an 80% […]

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January 27 2012

How Realistic is the Scottish Government’s Target of 100% Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources by 2020?

January 27th, 2012Posted by 

With a wealth of natural resources, Scotland has the potential to be a world leader in renewable energy production and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, is happy to encourage a new industry that with create jobs and wealth.  Scotland’s wind, wave and tidal potential make up to 25% of the EU capacity. This has major […]

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January 13 2012

The United Kingdom’s ‘Green Deal’ Initiative: Will it Be Any Good?

January 13th, 2012Posted by 

The United Kingdom government recently launched a consultation on their flagship energy efficiency initiative the “Green Deal” which starts in October 2012.  The scheme aims to refurbish 14 million draughty houses by offering homeowner loans of up to £10,000 to install insulation and energy saving measures, which will be paid off over 25 years by […]

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December 30 2011

Is Whole House Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) Really a Passive Building Approach?

December 30th, 2011Posted by 

Modern house design typically follows the mantra “build tight-ventilate right” with low air infiltration and high thermal performance.  Efficiency is what we should be striving for, but what does this mean for indoor air quality? Historically, home indoor pollutants (e.g. water vapour, cooking smells, chemical fumes) escaped through gaps in the building fabric via passive […]

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December 16 2011

Eco-Building Study: The Houl House by Simon Winstanley Architects

December 16th, 2011Posted by 

Located in a rural setting in the South West county of Galloway, Scotland “The Houl” is an award winning low carbon house for the architect Simon Winstanley and his family. The architectural brief was to create a contemporary building recessed into the landscape using lightweight construction and be energy efficient. The house is super insulated […]

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December 02 2011

Can Edinburgh Achieve a Zero Carbon Economy by 2050?

December 2nd, 2011Posted by 

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires Scotland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  In 2006, The City of Edinburgh Council (C.E.C) launched an ambitious target of achieving a Zero Carbon Economy by 2050. The C.E.C’s 2008 Carbon Management Plan also aims to reduce emissions by 25% by […]

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November 18 2011

Retrofit Passivhaus: A Good Approach for Refurbishing Existing Buildings in the United Kingdom?

November 18th, 2011Posted by 

A Passivhaus (the German sustainable design standard) uses 10% of the energy of a typical central European house, meaning a 90% energy saving. The buildings that exist today will account for over 70% of the total building stock by the year 2050, so how we make them energy efficient is very important.  The United Kingdom’s […]

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