'Mark Brinkley's Self-Build'

Thu 1st October, 6:00 – 7:00pm

In this interactive online tour you’ll learn lots about the choices and practicalities of a modern, sustainable self-build home.

Mark will show his and Mandy’s inspiring home, which is his third self-build.
Their choices were constrained by their budget and a narrow site, making for a challenging design for the team, including Mole Architects. The result is a beautiful, individual, low-energy home.  Some of its features are:

  • structural insulated panels (SIPs) for an exact, well-insulated build
  • triple glazing with low G glass to avoid summer overheating
  • mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) for filtered, warm fresh air
  • 2 kW PV system with iBoost to switch any excess electricity to hot water heating
  • Low Energy Building Standard –  “Passivhaus-lite”
  • louvered cedar wall cladding and beautiful carpentry
    See more details and photos in this Case Study.

Housebuilder’s Bible (now in 13th edn!) is Mark Brinkley’s best-selling building guide.

It’s part of this autumn’s Open Eco Homes online tours of 8 inspiring Cambridge-area new-builds and retrofits, instead of our normal live tours.  There are 3 interactive talks too, about improving your home’s comfort and energy-efficiency.
This tour is in partnership with RIBA East, the Royal Institute of British Architects, East.

This online tour attracted 70 participants to Mark’s engaging and informative presentation.
see his Slides, Video of the Zoom session and Case Study of the home.


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