Links to Organisations, Initiatives and Ideas That Solearth Find Useful
Useful Green Links
The Association of Environmentally Conscious Builders-UK
The Irish association for ecological construction companies
Living Building Institute- Ireland
Living Future Institute
(Formerly International Living Building Institute)
Living Building Challenge
Direct link to the North American versions of this revolutionary new standard
Natural Building Colloquium
Buildnig from renewables
A brilliant architect working in Bangladesh but influencing the world
Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) University of Bath
Think Or Swim- Climate Change blog by John Gibbons
Centre for Ecoliteracy
online journal of LAND: Landscape, Art and Design
Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials
All Ireland Research Laboratory
Water sculpture with a difference
Clock water sculpture in Osaka rail station apparently
The Design Futures network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends and challenges in design
European Solar Radiation Atlas
Buckmiinster Fuller Challenge Idea Index
The BFI Idea Index serves as a tool to educate, network, and help solve world problems.
Natureplus is an international environmental organisation whose aim is the development of a culture of sustainability within the building sector.
Building Life Consultancy
BRE Building Research Establishment
UKs leading research organisation on sustainable building and building generally.
Passive House Plus (formerly Construct Ireland) Magazine
Irelands and now UKs premier sustainable construction periodical
BRE's assessment method.
Centre For Alternative Technology.
The legendary CAT in Wales, 25 years of inspiration and on-the-job learning in green building.
Chartered Institution Of Building Services Engineers.
Useful source of many types of information on the technology of green (and other) buildings
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency.
CODEMA provide invaluable information on energy efficiency and water saving appliances
Frances innovative earth building centre.
In Situ Rammed Earth Co
A new UK company specialising in this most pleasing form of earth friendly building.
Ecological Design Collaborative
Sim van Der Ryn’s ecological design collaborative based in California. Sim Van Der Ryn is the founder of the discipline of ecological design.
Energy Research Group: University College Dublin
Irelands fantastic sustainability education centre in Dublin.
Environmental Building News
Site of the US publication Environmental Building News.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley, prominent UK design architects for large scale energy efficient and ecologically designed buildings
Forestry Stewardship Council FSC
Website of The Forestry Stewardship Council, the worlds leading network for sustainable forestry accreditation group
The Gaia Group of ecological Architects across Europe
Home of the worlds green maps for cities
The homepage of Linda S. Velazquez with comprehensive studies of green and grass
International Dark Sky Association
Web page containing the International Dark Sky Association's guidelines on reducing light pollution.
John T Lyle Centre For Regenerative Studies
The excellent demonstration and education centre in southern California.
Sustainble Energy Authority Ireland
Comprehensive information on energy consumption, conservation and renewables across all sectors in Ireland. Grants too !
Rocky Mountain Institute. RMI
Website of the Rocky Mountain Institute, A constant source of facts and data as well as inspiration by Hunter and Amory Lovins' group in the US.
Database of renewable energy products and professionals across the world
The Natural Step (TNS) offers a sustainability blueprint for society become more sustainable.
Van Der Ryn Architects
Website of Van Der Ryn Architects in California. Sim Van Der Ryn's group practise ecological design and sustainable planning based on their proprietary 'Eco-Logic' methodology.
BioRegional / Bedzed
The UK based (in BEDZED) environmental consultancy that makes BEDzed work!
Passive House institute (Germany – in English)
Wicklow based architects and designers specialising in passive houses
Cygnum Timber Frame
One of Irelands leading timebr frame companies -also in UK
International network for sustainable design
The US based ecological building network.
Bill MacDonough And Partners
One of the US's leading Green Thinkers
The UK Construction Industry’s Research and Information Agency
Irish Foundation for a sustainable economy.
The Low Carbon Trust UK
UK based not for profit company raising awareness of the links between buildings, the working and living patterns they support, and global warming.
Bill Dunster Architects
Founder of the Zero Emission Developments approach and designers of Bedzed.
Excellent early design stage software for low energy analysis -now owned by Autodesk
Amazing US organisation dedicated to inspiring and connecting all who work on sustainable solutions. The fantastic Bioneers conference is held every October in the Bay Area
Passive and Low energy Building design. This top organization hosts a high level conference every year in a different country. The 2008 conference was in Dublin
The International Living Future Institute
Initiators of the Living Building Challenge –as well as US Natural Step and more.
The highly influential forum for ‘ideas worth spreading’
The approach to design (of all kinds) that sees nature as model, measure and mentor
Code for Sustainable Homes
The UKs new sustainability in homes design system
US leadership in energy and environment design scheme
Irelands premier car sharing club
Cradle to Cradle Thinking
This ground breaking protocol (from the famous book of the same name) for how to categorise materials so that they are used in a way that is truely in harmony with nature - and prove it - is the future of material selection.
Howard Liddell of Gaia Architects Scotland gives his take on doing more with less, choosing simple green design strategies over eco fix technologies and reviews what has worked and failed over 4 decades of building greenly. He has recently published a book on the same subject that’s a must read.
Solearth Clients & Project Links
Irelands first and most exciting Eco Village project designed by Solearth. Under construction,
Wildfowl and Wetland Trust