North Dorset Eco Homes Event

15 - 17 May 2015

Hilfield Friary, Dorchester

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

The Friary
Hilfield
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7BE

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Friday only.

Please ring Kathryn on 01258 484372 to book.

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Since the beginning of December 2014 the Friary has been relying on the burning of biomass (woodchips) for its heating and hot water supply. Sceptics warned that there were likely to be significant problems with woodchip burning, but some months on the system has been working almost faultlessly. The fuel is fed automatically to the boiler which heats water in a 10,000 litre tank, which is then pumped to the different houses of the Friary. The whole operation is programmed to achieve maximum efficiency and can be controlled by laptop from anywhere within the site. The system is also monitored by both Bioheat in Gillingham and Eta in Austria, who can advise in the event of any fault.
The design of the system and the supply of the Eta 200kW boiler has been undertaken by Bioheat, a specialist renewable heating firm based in Gillingham (Dorset), and this firm will continue to oversee its operation. The installation was by Amber Heating of Shaftesbury.
From 2016 fuel will be drawn from the Friary’s own woodland and from the Dorset County Council woodland on the edge of the Downs just above the Friary, both sites being managed sustainably.
Other alternative energy and energy saving initiatives have been undertaken over the past seven years. The chapel roof holds 44 photo-voltaic panels which supply part of the electricity needs and feed into the National Grid. The insulation has also been upgraded
– most recently the cladding of Douglas House, a 1960’s brick building, with celutex and wooden pine boards; in effect a duvet wrapped around the whole of the outside.
All this is not just about saving money and keeping warm, but arises from the Friary’s particular Christian and Franciscan insight of creation as a precious gift from God, and of nature as a community of creatures, animate and inanimate, of which we are a part. A world in which we live at peace, harmony and reverence with all around us is one which gives glory and praise to the Creator and Redeemer.

Location

The Friary
Hilfield
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7BE

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Friday only.

Please ring Kathryn on 01258 484372 to book.

This event has now finished.

Book ahead

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