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In the last 13 years I have been fortunate enough to have combined my two passions – architecture and sustainable building – into a full time career. My architectural practice only works on sustainable projects and The Green Register (www.greenregister.org.uk), a not for profit, trains hundreds of construction professionals in sustainable building practices every year.
Having advised our clients on the benefits of sustainable construction over the years, I wanted to practice what we had been preaching. Our 1930′s house was due for a serious upgrade and we took it back to its bare bones and upgraded everything, resulting in a 73% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the unimproved dwelling. Our motivation was to try and push the house to its limit to maximise the carbon emission reductions and then be able to share this with others by opening it up to visitors-thank you Old Homes Super Homes
We have finally (after 10 years of planning) replaced our old leaky but south facing conservatory with a beautiful timber framed double glazed structure. It captures just as much passive solar energy as the old conservatory but holds onto it for longer. We have installed a low wattage fan from the conservatory to our living room so that we can direct all that lovely carbon neutral energy into our home when the sun shines.
Updated on 24/02/2013
The Green Register
The Green Register is an independent, self-funded and not-for-profit organisation whose principal goal is to promote sustainable building practices across all disciplines of the construction industry.
It was initiated by SuperHomer Lucy Pedler who is an architect designing buildings that have a low impact on the environment. The Green Register also provides training and literature for other organizations on sustainable building issues and offers a register of construction professionals working in the field. Lucy regularly opens her Bristol SuperHome to the public.
Launched in October 2000, The Green Register (TGR) works nationwide to p