If you are planning major works on your house, or it needs renovation or improvement, being aware of eco-friendly options can save money, improve your home, and help the environment as well. The following case studies show what can be done, mostly without major additional expense.
A three-bed detached house in Stafford was renovated in 2012 using the latest in low-carbon refurbishment measures, by social landlord Stafford and Rural Homes. The aim was to help in selecting measures that could be applied more widely in 'future proofing' their housing stock. See Stafford's 'eco' house: test bed for sustainable living.
There are more case studies on the Ecovation website, a network for people who have renovated their houses to a high environmental standard to share their experiences, tips, and contacts.
The AECB (Association of Environment Conscious Building) is a network of individuals and companies who share the aim of promoting sustainable building. Lots of information about sustainable building, including a database of over 100 low-energy buildings, can be found on the AECB website, as well as green building professionals in your area.
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has a wealth of information about eco building and renovation, including the use of low-impact and locally sourced materials such as straw, wool, hemp, and rammed earth. See the CAT website for free factshesets, or browse their online bookshop. They also run sustainable building courses, ranging from short 2-4-day stints to degree courses, on a wide range of topics.
The Renewable Energy Hub has a searchable directory of suppliers and installers of a wide range of technologies, from solar panels to rainwater harvesting. It also sells products from over 50 major manufacturers.