The Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013



Exploring such issues as low-carbon homes, the green deal, self-build, different ownership models, empty homes and the overall sustainability of the housing market, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013 is here to help you through the process of making your home fit for the 21st century.

Produced with the help of Ecology Building Society, we have contributions from and interviews with some of the sustainable building industry’s leading names, including HAB Housing, the Passivhaus Trust, Superhomes, YouGen, the UK Cohousing Network and more.

There is also testimonials from homeowners who have been there, done that and got the T-shirt, with pictures of their now-completed sustainable properties and advice they’ve garnered along the way.

The threat of climate change, and even more basically, the dual threat of pollution and waste, says we all need to do our bit to help move to a more sustainable society, economy and environment. And with domestic housing accounting for around 40% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, there’s no better place to start than your own home.

But by reducing your energy usage, cutting back your emissions and avoiding wasting precious resources, you will see dramatic improvements not only in your environmental footprint and energy bills, but in the overall comfortableness of your property.

We hope that after reading the guide, you’ll do to your home what’s necessary for you, your family, your wallet, your community and your environment.

Click here to download The Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013 (9.5MB file).

On the go? Download the mobile version (6MB file).

You can also access the report on Issuu and Scribd.

To see a full list of all our 2013 reports, on topics such as investment, tourism, clean energy and financial advice, see here. The seven reports we produced in 2012, tackling issues from sustainable banking to responsible media, can be accessed here.


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