Monday Jan 28, 2008

V.A.T and C.A.T.

I live only about 20 miles away from the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid-Wales. Built on a disused slate quarry in the 1970's, it is probably the most well known source of sustainable building ideas in Europe. I take the children for a sunday morning visit during the winter maybe 2 or 3 times a year, I always learn a few new things and they have enough displays and activities to keep little people amused. Some friends visited us over the weekend and wanted to go there, so that was our Sunday morning taken care of.

Two thoughts occurred to me while walking round the transport display

  • It makes little sense for Bikes to have VAT added if reducing emissions is a goal
  • It makes little sense for insulation to have VAT added if reducing emissions is a goal

VAT is value added tax, 17.5% in the UK at the moment.

I also saw a figure quoted on one of the displays suggesting that a deskstop PC took 1.8 tonnes of raw materials to produce. There was no breakdown of where it came from and might be a few years old (as was the display).

There is a lot of new building going on with what looks like exciting new ways of constructing large buildings, so it should be quite interesting to visit again in 6 months time.

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