Environment

  • The fundamental problem in justifying sustainable systems is the separation between Who bears the costs & who reaps the benefits’. This is solved in this form of development by the ongoing nature of the ownership.
  • Sustainable systems proposed:
    • Rainwater harvesting, pumped by windmills to a header tank to gravity irrigate the landscape.
    • PV array for low-level lighting to outdoor spaces at night
    • Turf roofed houses for thermal insulation & evaporative cooling.
    • Stone walls to the western end of houses to capture afternoon solar gain.
    • Communal greenhouse for the production of vegetables.
    • Communal orchard growing stone fruits & nuts.
    • Harvesting horse manure & food waste for fertiliser.
  • A range of home types is being designed to optimise their solar orientation, so that all homes will have Northern sun into their living space and a range of private outdoor spaces to take advantage of the morning, midday & afternoon sun.