05 November 2020
Our existing older housing stock generally has limited glazing and thus relatively dark living spaces. Part of the reason is that windows and glazing are thermally inferior to solid wall and roof construction. However, advances in modern glazing (thermally broken frames and multi-pane glazing) are closing the gap. When we improve our homes, through extension and retrofit, we often add lots of glazing to help with passive solar gain and improving natural light and ventilation.
One of the benefits of this is that it creates an environment in which plants can thrive in, including edibles. According to the GFN, over a quarter of our ecological footprint is due to the food system. Growing edible plants in the home can help reduce our ecological footprint. Our research has shown that certain edibles are better grown in the home, such as tomatoes, salad leaves, herbs, and similar perishables. This is because they need more energy to package, refrigerate, and transport.
Greening our built environment is an important step in helping to tackle our climate and biodiversity crisis. This is one of our areas of expertise. Talk to us about how to achieve this on your project.