Colchester Green Homes

3 - 26 May 2014

West Mersea, Firs Chase

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
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

24a Firs Chase
West Mersea
Colchester
Essex
CO5 8NG

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Opening times

3 - 26 May 2014
To be confirmed

This event has now finished.

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Nolly and Dougal Urqhart welcome you to their home on 11th May

Insulation measures include: Cavity wall, loft, hot water tank, water pipes (partial), radiator reflectors on external walls and insulated chimney.

Double glazing with Low emissivity 
(Low-E) glass and energy efficient gases (argon) in the gap.

The heating system is a combination of wood/log burner and oil with modern controls and water softeners to reduce limescale.

Photovoltaic panels were installed in 2010 and their use is maximised by using an EMMA controller (PV Immersion Heating switch) that sends unused surplus electricity to heat the immersion tank.

Lighting by Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) and Low Energy Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s).

A range of no, low and energy efficient appliances are used throughout the house.

A water hippo is used to reduce water usage.

Sustainable building materials were used to insulate the roof of the sun room using lime plaster, parvaflex board and lime wash and Gabbions filled with cobbles in sun room as a thermal store

The garden is wildlife friendly and used to grow food using home compost including wormery and water collected in water butts.

Location

24a Firs Chase
West Mersea
Colchester
Essex
CO5 8NG

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Opening times

3 - 26 May 2014
To be confirmed

This event has now finished.

Book ahead

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