Colchester Green Homes

3 - 26 May 2014

Lawford, Apricot Centre

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

83 Hungerdown Lane
Lawford
Manningtree
Essex
CO11 2LY

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Opening times

3 - 26 May 2014
This property is open on Sunday 20th September 2015 between 10:00 - 16:00.

Please book a ticket on the following link:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apricot-centre-essex-green-open-days-tickets-18069247606

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The Apricot Centre has been operating for 9 years and is the home of Mark and Marina O Connell.

The Apricot Centre is a demonstration permaculture site - LAND and includes a Training Centre offering courses on Sustainable living and provides a meeting point for Transition Stour Valley. For full details check out the website www.apricotcentre.co.uk

Insulation: wall insulation including breathing wall extension filled with recycled newspaper in 2002. Loft, hot water tank and water pipe insulation.

Glazing: windows are double glazed and draught proofed.

Renewables: The property is not on mains gas and heating is provided by an Air Source Heat Pump and Wood Fuelled heat system. Thermostatic radiator valves are used to regulate heat.

Lighting: Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) are used.

Electrical Appliances: Some appliances are energy efficient and some use no energy. A smart meter is installed.

Water Management: Consists of Low/Dual Flush toilet, water efficient appliances and rainwater harvesting including use of water butts.

Sustainable Building Materials: The Apricot centre includes a Training Centre and office made out of recycled shipping containers installed in 2006. A Straw Bale Building installed in 2002 and a breathing wall extension installed in 2002.

The centre has a large land area which is well worth a look and is a permaculture site. Obviously this means it is used to grow food in a wildlife friendly manner, using home compost and utilising water management.

Location

83 Hungerdown Lane
Lawford
Manningtree
Essex
CO11 2LY

View on map

Opening times

3 - 26 May 2014
This property is open on Sunday 20th September 2015 between 10:00 - 16:00.

Please book a ticket on the following link:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apricot-centre-essex-green-open-days-tickets-18069247606

This event has now finished.

Book ahead

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