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Minimalism and Peak Stuff

Could a rise in enthusiasm for minimalist living signal that western society is nearing ‘Peak Stuff’? I’ve been intrigued by the rise of references to minimalism in the media over...

Climate Action North East

An event celebrating World Environment Day was the first official activity for Climate Action North East, a new community interest company. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is...

Tales from the Joist End

Retrofit projects require careful detailing to secure the necessary energy efficiency improvements without compromising the building fabric. In the second of our articles on retrofit, we’re going to take a...

5 Barriers to Retrofit

In the first of a new series on Retrofit, we look at the main barriers to making serious energy efficiency improvements to our existing housing stock. The collapse of coal and...

Carbon Negative Farm Steading

This carbon negative conversion of a farm steading in Northumberland blends into a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. One building stood out for me at last year’s RIBA awards ceremony....

The Air We Breathe

Tackling air pollution gives us a great opportunity to improve the quality and sustainability of our cities. Air pollution has dominated the news headlines over the last few months. The...