Frome Open Homes

17 - 18 Oct 2015

WIllow Vale

Energy-saving improvements

  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials

Location

Riverside Terrace
Frome
Somerset
BA11 1BQ

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Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Sunday 18th October
Booking essential. Tours start at 11.00 and 13.00. Please arrive 10 minutes before tour start time.

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Family home with beautiful quadruple-glazed conservatory and cabin.

Converted from old stables the house has ‘rat-trap bond’ cavity walls which are not good to insulate. Standard eco-measures in the house include Tri Iso silver foil roof insulation, double glazing and draught-proofing.

Being a carpenter with an eco-slant, Dan made many of the windows in the house. In the conservatory, Dan has installed quadruple glazing (double glazing unit inside existing double glazed unit) and triple glazing in the living room (double glazing unit inside existing single glazing). ‘We use the conservatory much more now; it’s comfortable even without the heating on’ Dan explains. The sitting room also has a wood-burning stove which has greatly reduces the need for central heating.

The couple added eight solar panels in the garden and used a Tigo Optimiser to ensure that when one panel is shaded, it does not cause the whole array to stop producing electricity. The solar panels provide daytime electricity that the couple use for clothes washing and drying, and dishwasher. ‘In hindsight I would probably not bother with solar where we are, it’s just too shady’ says Dan. Dan has also built a lovely garden office space overlooking the river, using some recycled wood and heated with a wood-burner, with a tree integrated into the cabin.

Location

Riverside Terrace
Frome
Somerset
BA11 1BQ

View on map

Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Sunday 18th October
Booking essential. Tours start at 11.00 and 13.00. Please arrive 10 minutes before tour start time.

This event has now finished.

Book ahead www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/frome-open-homes-willow-vale-tickets-18508516471

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