North Dorset Eco Homes Event

15 - 17 May 2015

New Close, Bourton

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

10 New Close
Bourton
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5DL

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 4pm

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Built in the mid-1970s, the former state of the property when bought at the start of 2013 required major renovation and updating. It was dependent on electricity as there is no gas in the village and no suitable position for oil/gas tanks.
Being a small terraced property, space was at a premium. A small extension was added to the front of the property increasing space and practicality and passive solar heating through increased window size and roof windows.
As so much work was necessary it was easier and more cost effective to take the building back to a shell and internally rebuild, creating a revised room layout, new plumbing, electrics and under-floor heating throughout. Insulating each and every room independently as a thermal box with its own thermostat makes the building very efficient and easy to control.
The building achieved an Energy Efficiency Rating of 97%. Heating costs (all electric) come in at £4.20 a week on average and £20 in winter. The total electricity bill is just £700 a year. The house has solar hot water, solar PV and an air source heat pump. The estimated ‘payback’ on the eco systems is 5 ½ years when the initial costs, installation grants and subsidies are taken into account. The owner receives £700 to £800 for the solar PV and £84/quarter from the Renewable Heat Incentive for the solar thermal and heat pump. The systems complement each other very well. The final touch is a solar pipe bringing in additional natural light to reduce the use of the high efficiency lighting.
The building work carried out by a local builder, Mark Kendall of Marnhull. Wessex Group supplied the electrical and plumbing installation and their Eco Division completed the renewable packages.

Location

10 New Close
Bourton
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5DL

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 4pm

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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