Archive for the ‘Product Testing’ Category

Cleaning Products – Good for our bodies, our clothes and the environment!

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

A large part of the 5×4 Project is considering the overall life cycle of the building, so the lifestyle of its residents is very important if the Project is going to be successful. The personal care and cleaning products used in everyday life need to be environmentally developed, with sustainability paramount in their process.
Other things to be considered with these products are the effect they will have once they are washed down the drain, and whether the plastic that their containers are made from is recycled and recyclable!
We have contacted body-care, washing and cleaning companies, and have received support from Nature’s Organics and their Earth’s Choice range, Laundress detergents, as well as Burt’s Bees’ body care range. Whilst these fantastic companies are not the only environmentally conscious companies on the market, we thank them for their support.


Bed and Bath

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Barley Store

As with the body care and cleaning products, the fabrics used in the 5×4 Project play an ongoing roll in the building’s environmental impact. One of these fabrics currently being tested is woven bamboo towels and bed linen, supplied by Bamboo Village.


Why bamboo? (more…)

Solar system installed on test site

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Barley Store

Torus Group installed the solar panels on the test site today, in an effort to offset the emissions of the build. This meant our test site would be generating enough power to effectively make the build carbon neutral, fitting in with our project mantra.


The solar panels on the roof of the test site send the solar-generated electricity back into the grid, which means that when we come to power electronic equipment and tools – and draw power from the grid – our kilowatt usage will be neutralised. It seems like a rather roundabout method, but batteries for storing solar powered electricity are yet to be made for private systems at a reasonable price, which means that operating through the grid is still the most practical way for urban dwellers to run their solar power.

Laundry dryer delivered from Asko

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Barley Store

The eco-friendly laundry dryer by Asko was delivered for testing, with higher energy efficiency and less energy consumption. The old dryer in the test site was replaced by this dryer, which is more energy efficient than boiling a full kettle, meaning less cups of tea and more loads of washing!


Please check out more on our partnership with Asko in our post last July, or visit ASKO’s website.

LED stripes installed on test site

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by Barley Store


The energy-saving LED lights arrived, and installed on a highly technical testing site (Ralph’s bathroom).

LED arrival for testing

LED arrives for testing