What does climate change mean if you’re building a house?

Burning wood might not be as environmentally friendly as you think. In fact, burning solid fuels of all kinds is making us sick.

The environmental world has come a long way since I wrote an article for this magazine on heating/energy choices for both new builds and occupied homes.

In 2015 I did not mention anything at all about a climate emergency or climate breakdown other than a fleeting reference to “global warming”. Instead I concentrated on air quality both indoor and outside peoples’ houses.


Written by John Sodeau

Professor John Sodeau is founding Director of the Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry (CRACLab) in the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. He is an An Taisce Climate Ambassador.

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