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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.