Tom Wallace - Building Technology - ECO

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Ecology

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There are over seven billion people on the planet. That means over seven billion opportunities for making the world a better place. Small changes add up to a world of difference. What can be done so that our houses and other buildings don't harm the planet? This page - once completed - will look at Location, Size and Form, Insulation, Materials and Renewable Energy.

Location

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It might be a dream to own a home way out in the countryside, but a home in the town or city is likely to need a lot less by way of travel, heating and infrastructure.

Size and Form

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Terraced houses and flats will generally be more energy-efficient than stand-alone houses. The small compact building shown on the left in the image above, will - all else being equal - be more energy-efficient than the large and more complex form on the right.

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