May 2015

Welcome to the May edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.

Sustainability and energy efficiency are at the core of so many new projects, but is this down to the self-build industry’s environmental concern or money saving ambitions? This month’s i-scape discusses what’s next for an industry that has embraced green living to such a degree that it is now a driver and leader in green building techniques and technologies.

Whether the renewable revolution is down to a growing eco-consciousness or merely motivations to reap the benefits of the RHI, a determination for eco-efficiency has pushed the UK to the forefront of global domestic sustainable efforts. As presented in this month’s Green Living, the UK is now the largest market for solar power in Europe – a phenomenal achievement for our small island. See page 14 for more information.

This issue is full of projects that have fully embraced sustainable design. A Gloucestershire extension project has specificed materials based on their sustainable credentials – from recycled CorTen steel to ethically sourced timber. Read the full story on page 28. Elsewhere, this month’s Urban Sanctuary presents a new home with a strong energy agenda. Richard Murphy’s breathtaking architectural masterpiece includes a ground source heat pump, rainwater harvesting, solar power and a grey water system, all integrated within an innovative building structure that celebrates architectural heritage and colourful combinations.

With summer just around the corner, bold colours have returned to nature and seasonal trends are encouraging them into our homes. I-nterior, starting on page 46, presents a family who has not shied away from bold mixing of colours in their new home extension. If you are seeking guidance on how to bring en vogue vibrance into your home, don’t miss our tropical inspiration page within this month’s Desired Designs.

As always, we hope you enjoy your May issue of i-build as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. If you are coming to the end of your self-build journey and would like to offer your home as an inspiration for other budding self-builders, please contact me on the usual address with a brief overview of your project and you might see your home in an upcoming issue of i-build magazine.