The green building conundrum

A couple\’s plans to build a £700,000 solar powered home in the Cotswolds have been left in ruins after developers built new houses which blocked out their sunlight.

You can build green housing or you can build dense housing: but you cannot build both.

Indeed, one of the few ways to get a release from the standard minimum 14 houses per hectare is to state that you\’ll be building green housing and that you need the extra space to provide shadow free access to the sunlight (for no, it isn\’t just things like solar cells on the roof, you need to think about sunlight through windows as well for things like the Passivhaus standard).

Bit of a tension there, really? Concrete over more of the most densely populated country in Europe or use non green heating?

All of which really rather amuses for there are those greens who say we must preserve open land and those who say we really must have this green power.

2 comments on “The green building conundrum

  1. You can build green housing or you can build dense housing: but you cannot build both.

    But isn’t it the case that terraced housing is more energy efficient due to reduced heat loss? And that solar panels are a bit useless in this country?

  2. I can’t usefully instal solar panels without first felling a tree that happens to be under a tree preservation order so that I’m forbidden to fell it.

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