Modern Marbella villas can be both eco-friendly and luxurious
Designing a modern villa in Marbella has amazing benefits for new home builders in terms of how far you can make your budget stretch. But it’s easy for those looking to invest in the region to become so enamoured with the design choices available for the home of their dreams that they overlook the factContinue reading
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and the European Directive
Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The single biggest thing you can do to reduce climate change apart from stopping flying (which you won’t do anyway) is improve the energy efficiency of your building. The great thing is that energy efficient buildings are alsoContinue reading
A Well Informed Discussion on Climate Change
If you find the IPCC report a little heavy and you would like to listen to a well informed discussion about climate change here is a recording of a dicussion set up by the BBC. Its only 53 minutes. It’s well worth a listen. Here it is. If you want the orginal IPCC report itContinue reading
Repeal of the Sun Tax Likely: Thank goodness for common sense!
My wife is Spanish and in the interests of matrimonial harmony we have a rule which is you are never allowed to say “that would never happen in……(Spain / Britain)”. As I am sure you can imagine there are times when we are both challenged by this so please forgive me if I use my blog to let off steam and to say here what I can’t say at home. The sun tax idea is, and I choose my words carefully, the sun tax is ….Continue reading
Wind Turbines in Spain: beauty or blight ?
I ask you……are wind turbines beautiful elegant structures or are they a blight in the landscape?Continue reading
Top 10 Sustainable Garden Tips
When we plan a garden in Spain we like to create spaces for the different moods of the day: dappled shade, scents at night, spaces in full sunlight or for cooking and sharing a meal.Continue reading
A Fine Example of Energy Efficiency and Going Off Grid
The Monte Rosa Refuge in Switzerland I am fascinated by this building. Perhaps it is to do with my passion for skiing and adventure sports. Perhaps it’s because constructing a building in such an inhospitable environment is in someways like building a colony on the moon. Perhaps its the avant-guard architecture and state of theContinue reading
The Benefits and Dangers of Greening Your Brand
Going green sells! Macdonalds, Walmart, Hewlett Packard and many aggressive international brands make climate conservation claims. So it’s a no-brainer right? Well I think it is a no brainer but there’s more to be said than that. Surprising as it may seem going green encapsulates everything you should be doing as a ruthless business: eliminateContinue reading