Links to Organisations, Initiatives and Ideas That Solearth Find Useful


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

Pharos Project
Materials Transparency

Natural Building Colloquium
Building from renewables

Anna Heringer
A brilliant architect working in Bangladesh but influencing the world

Ask Nature
Biomimicry Enquiry


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

Worldometers / World Clock
Realtime world statistics

Inhabitat 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!

Design Intelligence
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
UK’s leading research organisation on sustainable building and building generally.

Passive House  Plus (formerly Construct Ireland) Magazine
Ireland and UK’s 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

Cultivate Centre
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

GAIA Group
The Gaia Group of ecological Architects across Europe

Home of the worlds green maps for cities

Green Roofs
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.

Source Guide
Database of renewable energy products and professionals across the world

Natural Step
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)

Mosart Design
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

Ecobuild Network.
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.

Ecotect Software
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 UK’s new sustainability in homes design system

US leadership in energy and environment design scheme

Car Sharing
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 truly 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 four decades of building greenly. He has recently published a book on the same subject that’s a must-read.


Glenstal Abbey

Airfield Trust

Solas Bhride

The Village
Irelands first and most exciting Eco Village project designed by Solearth. Under construction,

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust

Daintree Ltd