Category Archives: Construction

Learning from Passivhaus Building

The people of Green Building Store (UK) have generously produced and published a freely available online movie about some of the challenges they faced in a Passivhaus construction project in the UK. Though I am wary of taking on the Passivhaus standard as is (reservations I’ve written about in posts about Passivehaus and Rural Studio) […]

Where to Place a House?

So you purchased some land and you are wondering where and in which direction to place your home? We currently know of three considerations which pretty much answer this question: We sleep with our heads in the east and our feet in the west. We’d like to benefit from passive-solar heat – which means most […]

Concrete Basics: A Guide to Concrete Practice

I’ve been struggling to understand on if/why a concrete slab is necessary. I completely understand the need for footings and foundations – but slabs are not that clear. It’s somethinge eveyone seems to take for granted … but I am undecided on it. Anyways …  I did come across this excellent free eBook generously published […]