Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and the European Directive

Architect Marbella talks about E.U legislation on carbon zero villas

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

Amusing Architect’s Quotes

Inspiring quotes from Marbella Architect

FUNNY ARQUITECT QUOTES “I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings. Fortunately, I’ve not had that kind of client so far.” Fumihiko Maki (not a Marbella architect!!!) “Less is a bore.” Robert Venturi (dour yes but also not a Marbella architect) “In my experience, if you have to keepContinue reading

The Importance of Light in Your New Build Villa Marbella

Passive House Windows in Spain

Here is a question for you………: Is light the single most important feature that affects your mood in your home? If it is then is it therefore the most important mood factor in your house altogether: daylight, glass walls, light wells, skylights and artificial light and………., the big one in Spain, shade. We all instinctivelyContinue reading

Can Architect’s Fees be Totally Transparent?

Viability of building a home in Spain

The other day I was telling my sister about our business and I said something like ……. “We are building a brand based on honesty: there are no hidden commissions, no posturing….we don’t pretend to be who we are not or make exaggerated claims about what we have done or can do, and…….. we areContinue reading

A Well Informed Discussion on Climate Change

Marbella architect discusses IPCC Report

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