Click on the link above to download the presentation shown by Nicole Solomons earlier this month, on the key ideas and technologies for energy efficient buildings. Nicole of Sustainable Buildings is an energy expert with the bulk of her experience on working with historic buildings. There are many new materials on the market, appropriate for use in specific circumstances as well as opportunites to combine older and new materials to achieve the much higher standards expected in modern buildings.
The project is also undertaking some solid wall insulation work on a house in the village, to illustrate the possibilities of combining new breathable, organic materials with standard materials. The house we are working on is owned by a fully mutual housing cooperative, with the specific aim of offering affordable, eco-efficient housing. It is a combined 500 year old farm house, with a modern breeze block extension. There are significant issues of cold, damp and poor ventilation as well as insufficient insulation. We hope, with a budget of £20,000 to be able to transform the internal conditions of this buildings to a much higher level and in doing so illustrate what is possible for people to achieve in their own homes. Details of this work will be published here on completion.