Frome Open Homes

17 - 18 Oct 2015

Whatcombe

Energy-saving improvements

  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

Whatcombe Road
Frome
Somerset
BA11 3AT

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Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Sunday 18th October 11.00-16.00

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1980s Semi with unusual Solar PV mounting, and a range of energy saving measures including double glazing and lighting and heating saving practices. 

‘For me sustainability is a balance between what’s ideal and what you really don’t want, it’s often a compromise, with cost being a determining factor.’

When Rachel bought the house in 2013 she knew that the room in the roof didn’t conform to building regulations. Further investigation revealed that the room was unsafe. So she decided to get it re-done and add solar PV panels at the same time. The array is unusual, however, as one set of panels is on the roof, the other is mounted vertically on the south-east facing wall. The installers provided her with software to monitor the output of both systems. The panels, SolarWorld, were manufactured in Germany

Whilst the work was being done Rachel also took the opportunity of adding extra double glazed windows to add light to the rooms. During the process Rachel found that the upper floor’s cavity had not been filled and so used her cavity guarantee to get it filled with rockwool.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

Energy generation: unusual mounting of solar PV panels

Energy saving: use of natural light, radiators with thermostatic controls and timers

Materials: low VOC paint and re-used materials such as carpet

 

Location

Whatcombe Road
Frome
Somerset
BA11 3AT

View on map

Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Sunday 18th October 11.00-16.00

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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