'Country in the City'

Mon 5th October, 7-8pm

In this free interactive online tour you’ll learn about the hosts’ experiences of living in this home for the past decade, benefiting from its features including the great deal of natural light, as well as its temperature regulating ability, and energy and water use efficiency.

This beautiful, low energy house was completed in 2010, following hosts Ian and Sue’s wish to reduce their environmental impact through living in a more sustainable home. After looking for land elsewhere, they decided to build in their own back garden, seeing this as an opportunity to make a step-change. The construction of this home utilised natural materials to a large extent, as living in harmony with the natural world is very important to them. The house was designed to create a sense of connection to the garden, through the sedum roof and views of the wildlife-friendly garden which boasts a wildflower meadow and pond. 

Key features of this home:

  • Ground source heat pump.
  • Whole house mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR). 
  • Rainwater harvesting for toilets, clothes-washing, garden.
  • Thermal mass – clay brick internal walls – to steady the internal temperature.
  • Natural light – full-length windows and doors and mirrored roof windows.
  • South-facing for passive solar gain.

17 people joined Ian’s tour of this well-established, beautiful new-build, with great eco-design.
See the Slides, Video and Case Study.


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