Publications from the Trust

Ecos Trust helps people find the information they need to help understand and implement sustainable construction. We are building up our own range of publications over time. You can currently obtain the following very useful publications from Ecos Trust:

Great Bow Yard: Anatomy of an Eco Build. by Nigel Griffiths. ISBN 978 189923314 4. Retail Price £20.

Ecos Trust commissioned this book to help architects, self-build groups, local authorities, private companies and public bodies who wish to build in an environmentally sustainable way.

Great Bow Yard is a development of 12 newly built eco-homes in Langport, Somerset. Ecos Homes set out to build these houses to the highest environmental standards whilst still making a profit.

This unique book is a record of the whole building process from the initial concept to the finished, award-winning houses and flats.

The book is a frank and honest account of the development process, recording how design decisions were made and problems were overcome.

Great Bow Yard is winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘What House’ award and CABE Building for Life Gold Standard award.


The Birth of Great Bow Yard


The Construction Process

Financing the Scheme

Technical Results

Selling eco-homes and installing wood burning stoves in the home

Statutory Authorities

Conclusions and Appendices

Sustainable Construction for Community Buildings and village Halls (2nd Edition Feb 2002)

Authors: Steve Charter (MA), with John Shore (Dip AA) and Julian Brooks, October 2000.

If you are going to build, extend or renovate a community building or village hall numerous examples show that you can easily make it beautiful and functional whilst also costing half as much to run (in heating, lighting and water use, etc.) by designing it to be at least twice as efficient as a normal hall. This popular guide, now in its second edition, tells you how to achieve this.

The book is designed to be used particularly (but not only) by: Community groups and local authority officers involved with commissioning a community building, Village Hall Committees, Architects and design / project teams, Community development workers, NGO project officers involved in advising on new community buildings

This guide features information on:design for ultra-low running costs, design for energy and water efficiency, use of local materials, environment friendly building products and local labour.

The contents include:

General Information on Sustainable Construction for Community Buildings

Guidance Note 1: New Build

Guidance Note 2: Renovation and Refurbishment

Guidance Note 3: A Guide to Environmentally Good Materials and Products

Guidance Note 4: A Simple Checklist for Sustainable Design and Construction

Guidance Note 5: Useful Information and Contacts

Guidance Note 6: Good Practise Examples of Sustainable Buildings

Guidance Note 7: Criteria for Funding Support

Sustainable Building Design Report

Appendices and Glossary of Terms

Planning for Sustainable Construction (2001)

Author: Steve Charter (MA, Environmental Planning)

This report draws on innovative approaches through which the planning system can address sustainable construction in a more proactive way than it might think possible. It identifies the hooks in planning national guidance that allow policy and DC planners to move the sustainability agenda forward in a comprehensive and consistent way. It addresses the role of Local Plan Policies and statements of intent; Development Briefs for key sites; Supplementary Planning Guidance on sustainable construction; the role of Voluntary Sustainable Housing Standards. It provides a range of hugely useful information: indications of model policies that can be used or adapted to the local situation; draft Voluntary Sustainable Housing Standards.

Sustainable Construction for Schools and Education Buildings (February 2002)

Author: Steve Charter (MA, Environmental Planning)

This guide gives a comprehensive account of the key issues that need to be addressed in the commissioning, design and construction of sustainable school and education buildings. It provides a wide range of extremely useful information, covering schools, nursery buildings, colleges and universities, as well as environmental and community education centres.