04 Jun 2010
I'm pleased to see that the message that "Terraced houses make most energy efficient homes" is finally beginning to sink in!
When asked back in June 2007 (in the context of an 'interview' for the quarterly newsletter of the German Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting in my capacity as their treasurer) about my first impressions of the differences between the UK and German lifestyles when I first came to England, my answer included this statement:
"Another clear difference that still prevails today is terraced housing – the typical British form of terrace is virtually unknown in Germany. The more I think about it, the more I feel that the concept is quite ingenious and has a lot to offer in terms of environmental benefits and (perhaps at first glance somewhat paradoxically) in terms of privacy (provided the issue of sound insulation between adjacent houses is addressed properly, of course). The concept is certainly better than the ‘Legoland’ approach adopted by many developers these days, with (more or less) ‘executive’ detached houses placed at more or less random angles on greenfield sites and (often vain) attempts to create privacy through ugly wooden fences or walls, often featuring environmentally unacceptable *heated* (or worse: air-conditioned) conservatories!"