If you're doing more extensive renovation work, or building from scratch, then you have an opportunity to make a really low-impact building. See below for advice on choosing environmentally benign materials and techniques, and on avoiding damaging ones.

CAT Information Service - Eco-Building & Renovation

Environmental BuildingEnvironmental Building
The key things to consider when planning a new-build or undertaking renovation work.
Timber treatmentTimber treatment
A necessary risk? Or avoidable with careful design?
Building with EarthBuilding with Earth
Including rammed earth, cob, and adobe.
Damp ProofingDamp Proofing
Is rising damp a common problem? Do you need a new damp proof course?
Glazing OverGlazing Over
A look at the options for eco-windows, from secondary glazing to replacement windows.
Underfloor HeatingUnderfloor Heating
Advice on underfloor heating, and how to install it with solid or timber floors.

WISEThe WISE Project
If you're interested in eco-building methods, then take a look at the progress of CAT's latest project: The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE). Click here to follow the construction of this innovative new educational institution and environmentally friendly conference venue.
AtEICCAT Photo Galleries
You should be able to get some inspiration and ideas from the photo galleries that show the construction of our straw bale theatre and our 'AtEIC' information centre (including rammed earth columns, limecrete, sheeps wool insulation, and more).