For those feeling slightly jaded and hungover from the excesses of the festive season, help may be at hand from eco-designers-cum-kinesiologists Julie Cave and John-Paul Frazer.
Not to be easily dismissed, the pair is currently renovating three properties - a studio flat, a garden flat (pictured) and a houseboat - to prove that it is 'possible to create comfortable, inexpensive and healthy personal environments that are respectful of the finite resources of our planet'.
As part of the 'house detox', at least one of the designs will include an 'eco-aspirator', a device containing plant and aquatic life that purifies air by taking in and removing unhealthy atmospheric pollutants. Frazer is even designing one for Ken Yeang, which will form the whole of one wall in a Beijing home.
Other plans include recycling old furniture and using organic paints, natural stone, plants and locally sourced materials wherever possible. The garden flat may include a green roof, recirculation of heat and a grey-water treatment system.
Email the duo at energybalance@beeb. net for more information.