West Dorset Open EcoHomes

16 - 24 Sep 2017

Bredy Cottages, Burton Bradstock

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

1 Bredy Cottages, Annings Lane
Burton Bradstock
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 4NG

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Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Open Saturday 23 September
10.30-12.00 and 2.00-4.00

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1 Bredy Cottage was brick-built with a slate roof in 1901 to house farm workers. Since moving in, Steve has installed cavity wall insulation, a wood stove, wood pellet boiler, solar PV and solar thermal. The insulation of the roof and floors have also been improved to a high standard.

In 2014 the kitchen was enlarged with a straw bale extension - load-bearing compressed bales, rendered with lime inside and out. (Straw/ lime render walls have very low embodied energy but provide excellent insulation and is practical for a novice self builder.)

This year the owners demolished a concrete garage and built a new annexe, consisting of a bedroom and a large studio. The building is timber-framed, with walls and roof filled with 290mm of wood fibre insulation. The windows and tri-fold doors are argon-filled and triple glazed, and the building is super airtight. What little heating is needed is provided by an air source heat pump which also provides hot water.

Location

1 Bredy Cottages, Annings Lane
Burton Bradstock
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 4NG

View on map

Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Open Saturday 23 September
10.30-12.00 and 2.00-4.00

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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