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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Closes

Just a few weeks after the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was announced it has closed. On 24th July, the HIF, which allowed homeowners to save up to £6000 on installing insulation, ran out of funds.  The government budgeted 120 million for this scheme and and twitter has been going mad with news that in it’s last two days 80 million of the fund was used, cue conspiracy theories about insulation suppliers buying the vouchers to sell at a higher rate later. More info here

So how can you save money on installing insulation now?

The energy saving trust has a link for landlords where you can save up to £1500 on tax paid on energy saving measures for each house you rent out. A lower rate of VAT is also applicable to any energy saving work to an existing house. If the house is new it’s VAT free. More info here. Another way is by upgrading existing external walls while having a kitchen extension for example. The house will already be messy and builders will be on site, so it will be cheaper for them to just add to a job. Of course, DIY internal insulation is quite feasible, if you have the time. I would really emphasise that breathable insulation is a must on solid wall properties. For more on breathable insulation have a look at my other post.

August 1, 2014

Clare Nash Oxford School of Architecture Alumni Profile

DSCF6588Clare Nash is one of a few graduates to be featured in the Oxford School of Architecture Alumni Profiles on the Oxford Brookes University website. Clare Nash completed her Part 2 Architecture Post Graduate Diploma at Oxford Brookes University. Since then she has worked for a successful practice in Oxford called ADP, qualified as an architect, travelled abroad to carry out fieldwork for an Architectural Regeneration masters at Oxford Brookes and set up a successful architecture practice specialising in energy efficient design.

This picture was taken while researching New Generation Yaodong Cave Dwellings in China for my Masters. Read the Clare Nash Oxford School of Architecture Alumni Profile here.

July 1, 2014

New Book!

DSCF7386This week Clare Nash signed a contract with RIBA publishing for a new book:

Contemporary Vernacular Design –  A Local Approach to UK Housing.

This will involve some travel to European countries as well as around the UK researching new case studies.

June 15, 2014

Barn conversion into a dwelling gets thumbs up from planners

CNA are pleased to report the results of a pre-application for conversion of a barn into a dwelling and workshop has been supported by the local authority. This comes after the recent change to permitted development rights to allow conversion of a barn into a dwelling.

April 22, 2014

CNA attends Ecobuild

Clare Nash Architecture recently attended Ecobuild for the latest information on all things eco. As always there was an excellent choice of speakers leaving me running from seminar to seminar!

March 6, 2014

CNA features in Helmdon Voice

Clare Nash Architecture features in Helmdon Voice in a piece about the newly completed Jubilee Gates. CNA obtained planning permission and helped to organise the building of the Jubilee gates which form an entrance to Helmdon village. Clare Nash is standing next to Patrick Gartside in the photo, who built the wall.


February 10, 2014

Eco Extension

IMG_0042Construction is well under way for this two-storey and single-storey extension. A rainwater harvesting tank has been buried underground, this will feed the washing machines and toilets. 150mm (50% more than needed for building regulations) of Knauf Earthwool has been Continue Reading →

October 16, 2013
Eco Extension