Have you ever considered ecohomes
as an investment? If you are not in a position to build your
own ecohome, but would still like to be part of the ecohome movement,
then this could be just the investment for you. The Ecos Fund
has been set up to allow supporters the chance to invest in sustainable
developments in the South West of England. Over the next three
years Ecos Homes are planning to build up to eighty sustainable
and affordable houses on four sites in Somerset and Dorset.
Your investment will help build some of the first houses in the
UK that will have zero carbon heating and lighting systems and
create a new standard for eco-homes. You can invest between £500
and £20,000 and the fund is aiming to achieve a return
of 8% to 9% per annum. Further details and a prospectus can be
found on their website at www.ecoshomes.co.uk/investmentopportunities.html
Alternatively contact Liz
Clark at Ecos on 01458 259400.
Links to eco homes by individuals
Alan Simpson Ecohouse -story of the conversion of a derelict Nottingham
Lace Hall into a modern ecohouse -Alan is currently writing a
book about it with the architect, Julian Marsh.
Bedzed -Beddington Zero Energy Development,
pioneering low energy housing designed by Bill Dunster.
cente demonstrating both traditional and modern methods of environmentally
healthy living. Ecologically friendly materials how they look,
feel, work, cost, where to find them, and how to put them to
work into homes/businesses.
Development Group is
an entrepreneurial, independent environmental organisation founded
in 1992 by Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone. Bioregional are
developers of BedZED, the UK's largest eco-village.
Crossways -the home of Richard and Sarah Hawkes,
as well as being featured on Grand Designs in 2009 this is one
of the first certified Passivhaus standard houses in the country.
Earthships -solar independent buildings that
heat and cool themselves, are self powered, harvest their own
water and deal with their own waste. With free energy from the
sun and free materials from waste, the Earthship is based on
earth rammed tyre walls giving thermal mass to store heat.
Ecoboat -Dutch site dedicated to the construction
of floating homes -the Netherlands are particularly vlunerable
to sea level changes and this is seen as one solution to the
effects of gloabal warming (mostly in Dutch but some English
Ecobob -an extenive directory of eco-houses
in Australia and New Zealand -nicely presented with keys facts,
contact details and thumbnail picture of each property.
Ecohab -a range of prefabricated eco homes
by Manchester entrepreneur Aidan Quinn. The pods are designed
to be stand alone off-grid solutions, but sadly are not particularly
Home Network - an on-going
living research center that demonstrates ecological living in
an urban environment. The Eco-Home is a restored and retrofitted
California style bungalow, circa 1911 that shows how simple property
improvements can make your home warm, friendly yet environmentally
sound and healthy.
Home Show -the UK's
home improvement and sustainable living exhibition for environmentally
-Ecopark is an affordable housing scheme of 39 2 & 3 bedroom
houses, and 8 flats, built on sustainable and environmental principles.
The development includes an eco show home and visitor centre.
Landhouse -project conceived by Somerset based
artist Mark Merer, who wanted to correct the intrusive nature
of most modern estate developments, and wanted to create forms
that are appropriate to modern methods of green design.
-John Croft and Leigh Grainger's self build Cotswold House project
Moya -a hybrid passive solar house built
in Suffolk in1985 by architect Cedric Green.
The Black House -works
to promote the wider use of combined heat and power and community
heating -useful directory of providers.
Sherwood Energy Village a major initiative for the East Midlands
transforming a 91 acre former colliery in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire
into an environmental enterprise comprising industry, housing,
recreation and leisure.
West Eco Homes -subsidiary
company of The Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development -recently
completed an eco home project at Great Bow Yard in Langport.
of the two timber Eco Houses in South Dulwich for owner Bill
Bradley and featured on Grand Designs.
House -a 1920s ex-Council
house in South Oxfordshire, remodelled to exhibit high energy
efficiency and other "green" features.