West Dorset Open EcoHomes

16 - 24 Sep 2017

17 Claremont Road, Bridport

Energy-saving improvements

  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

17 Claremont Road
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3AY

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Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Saturday 23 September 10.00 & 2.00.

Reserved visits only please.
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A 1960s bungalow with a self-built extension, constructed of compressed straw bales which are load-bearing, holding up the roof. Some of the existing walls are also lined with straw bales for insulation. The theme of the house is to use  highly efficent but low-impact materials with little embedded energy, eg wood-fibre boards, Warmcell cellulose fibre, Thermafleece sheeps wool, and straw bales. The plaster on internal walls is composed of  clay dug out from the from the garden , and the surfaces are painted with clay paints.

The extension has a green sedum roof and the walls are rendered with local lime and recycled glass.  Rainwater is used for flushing toilets. Triple-glazed timber windows and a very highly air-tight shell with mechanical ventilation heat recovery make this a house with very low fuel costs. Light tunnels are fitted in three rooms to make maximum use of natural light.

  
Heating is provided by a highly efficient brick-built masonry stove, which stores heat and releases it slowly to the home, as well as heating hot water. The owner has only to fire up the stove once every three days to keep the house warm.  

Technologies: solar hot-water and PV, mechanical ventilation with heat-recovery, managed rainwater system (minimises pump use and energy consumption). 

The house has ramp access for disabled people. 

Location

17 Claremont Road
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3AY

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Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Saturday 23 September 10.00 & 2.00.

Reserved visits only please.
Book your free place through Eventbrite following this link: bit.ly/2rgCyB9

This event has now finished.

Book ahead Tours

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