The New Hive, Ryall

Energy-saving improvements

  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

The New Hive, Ryall Road
Ryall
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 6EG

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Opening times

22 - 30 Sep 2018
Sunday 30 September 1.00-4.30

Just turn up Parking is available on site. If full up, park 100m further down the road

New Hive was built in 2011 on the site  and footprint of a Dorset Long house.  Constructed on two concrete platforms resting on piles sunk into the soft Greensand. The walls are made from Ziegel blocks. These are honeycombed terracotta blocks, some of which are filled with pumice for extra insulation (the same material was used in Stoneyside, down the road – thereby hangs a story). A lime render covers the blocks inside the and out, with no paint used.
The roof has a large overhang to prevent overheating in the summer, allowing winter sun to passively heat the slate floor.

The house is mainly heated by geothermal energy  from two boreholes. Cold fluid is pumped down 70m, and the return pipe heats two large heat store cylinders. One, at 33°C, heats water for the underfloor heating, with separately switched pumps to heat different zones of the houses The other is used for hot water.  Hot water is also provided by solar thermal vacuum tubes. 20 solar PV panels produce up to 4kW of electricity.

The garden has its own spring, and water is pumped to a pre-existing tank above the house and then to toilets, washing machine and dishwasher.  The house also has a centralised vacuum cleaning system with six outlets around the house. 

Location

The New Hive, Ryall Road
Ryall
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 6EG

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Opening times

22 - 30 Sep 2018
Sunday 30 September 1.00-4.30

Just turn up Parking is available on site. If full up, park 100m further down the road

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Part of the Green Open Homes network