Useful Links

Glentress Cafe, Gaia Architects


ECAN - Edinburgh Chartered Architects Network

BAG - Borders Architects Group

ARB - Architects Registration Board you can search the Architects' Register online

APS - The Association of Planning Supervisors

ABS - Architects Benevolent Society

ICE - The Institution of Civil Engineers

IStructE - The Institution of Structural Engineers

RIAS - Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

ASA - Aberdeen Society of Architects

GIA - Glasgow Institute of Architects

DIA - Dundee Institute of Architects

IAA - Inverness Architectural Association

SSA - Stirling Society of Architects

RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects

RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

RTPI - Royal Town Planning Institute

Scottish Assessors Association search their online Council Tax and Valuation Roll database.

Historic Scotland search their Listed Building database.

Building Research Establishment search for documents published by the BRE.

British Standards Institution search for documents published by the BSI.

The British Board of Agrément search for certificates published by the BBA.

Construction Industry Board useful site with plenty of links.

Health &Safety Executive

Her Majesty's Stationery Office search for Statutory Instruments published by HMSO.

The Scottish Timber Trade Association the Scottish arm of the UK Timber Trade Federation.

Scottish Building Regulations

What? Yes, the Technical Standards can be browsed online and downloaded as PDF files. Handy when you've left them in the office.

English Building Regulations and the Building Regulations Approved Documents are available here.

Edinburgh World Heritage Trust Conservation and Planning in Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. A national resource for information, communication and outreach within the field of Scottish architecture and the built environment, generally. Brought to you by The Lighthouse.

Schools of Architecture/Architecture Students

Edinburgh College of Art Department of Architecture, linked with Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh University Department of Architecture Homepage

Edinburgh University Student Architecture Society - presents a varied and interesting lecture programme
archaos - national student architecture society established in 1999 by the two student representatives on RIBA Council who saw that there was a need to create a society which represented students and gave them a means of communication with the RIBA. Membership of archaos is automatic and free for all students of architecture in the UK.

Sustainable Development a Scottish website dedicated to Sustainable Design in architecture and the built environment, providing access to a wide variety of information and resources. Find out how to design and build a house of straw. For information about home design including news, events and an architect search facility.

Natural Building Technologies suppliers of products for breathing constructions.

Green Building Store suppliers of sustainable building materials. a description of a 'green' retro-fit house in Nottingham. the Walter Segal Self Build Trusts' website provides advice, information, training, support and a range of other services for the selfbuilder. a resource for those interested in sustainable building. the Centre for Alternative Technology has information in its AtEIC building.

The Ecology Building Society promotes sustainable housing and communities, and has some useful links.

Solartwin sell solar water heating systems.

[Proven Engineering a Scottish company with world beating wind generator designs.

Scoraig Wind Electric a great resource for information on wind turbines, including how to build your own from scrap! a micro hydro turbine generator, I want one! another micro hydro turbine generator, this time from Asia, which looks even simpler.

Colorado Solar Colorado based, information on solar, green energy, environmental benefits of cleantech, also a useful blog.

Greenmatch Compare Green Energy Prices and Supplier Standards

Construction Industry Databases

Barbour Index information on the popular red book.

Building Online another searchable site for construction industry links.

What's New in Building a searchable site for new products.

Construction Industry

Access Panels of all varieties, including concealed tiled access doors and panels.

Benchmark architectural facades and roofing division of Kingspan.

eisenwareswann architectural ironmongery.

European Profiles profiled metal cladding.

Donaldson Timber for timber engineering.

Forbo-Nairn 'Marmoleum' linoleum manufacturers.

Kingspan a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelope.

Owens Corning rigid foam insulation.

Redland Roofing download CAD drawings and literature.

Sandtoft Roof Tiles

Velux Windows need no introduction.

Production Glassfibre in Kirkcaldy also design and manufacture GRP products of use to the architectural and construction industry.

Computing &IT is both an open-source Office Suite application and a project. It is free. It runs on all major platforms, and comes with word-processor, spreadsheet, drawing and presentation tool applications.

The GIMP GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

AutoTrace is a program for converting bitmap to vector graphics. AutoTrace is free software.

Inkscape is an open-source scalable vector graphics editor. It is free software, distributed under the terms of the Gnu General Public License. It works under most versions of Unix and Windows.

CutePDF Printer is freeware that allows you to create PDF files on Windows PCs, and it behaves like a printer driver. Download it and use it for free.

Blender is open source software that allows you to do complex 3D modelling, animation and rendering. Download it and use it for free. Versions available for Mac OSX, Windows and Linux.

Wireless MeshAP from LocustWorld looks interesting. Create an ad-hoc mesh wireless network for your community. Purchase ready-built hardware, or download the open source software for free, and build your own Access Point.

SME Server is a GPL gateway and communications server. It can manage firewall, NAT, email and file server functions. Best of all, it's free to download and use.

QCAD is an open source 2D CAD program, which runs on Linux or Windows. The Linux version is available free under the GNU/GPL

The OpenDWG Alliance is an association of CAD vendors committed to promoting Autodesk AutoCAD's DWG drawing file format as an open, industry-standard for the exchange of CAD drawings. Probably not supported by Autodesk then...

DWG Viewer inViso is a free utility to view DWG and DXF files on a Windows computer. For a modest price, there's a version which can view and print DWG/DXF plus 20 more formats, including HPGL, DWF, CGM, DGN, TIFF, CALS, and SolidWorks.

The Icon Factory for great icons and desktop pictures for your Mac.

IPCop firewall and router project. Build your own secure connection to the Internet by recycling your old 486, and save a bundle. buy PC components over the internet, and save money. Why not build your own PC?

SuSE Linux is a better supported distribution, and very easy to install.

Linux Format or Linux User are magazines for those interested in using Linux.

SETI@home Join in the world wide effort to analyse data for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home. Use spare processing capacity, maybe find out if we are not alone...

Useful Information

Which didn't really fit elsewhere...

Edinburgh Holidays Listings of future public holidays etc. from the City of Edinburgh Council website.

Ordnance Survey download some free roadmaps of the UK for your personal or business web use, or a map of the coastline of the UK in various file formats.

BT PhoneNetUK search the UK online phone directory.

Royal Mail search for UK postcodes and addresses. (Free registration required before you can access Postcode and Address information, and you are limited in the number of searches you can do each day. Unfortunately). has online streetmaps of the UK. Search by postcode or grid reference.