Cockermouth: Green Open Homes 2014

Cockermouth area houses showcasing new energy efficient buildings, rennovated old stone buildings using traditional materials and renewable energy installations. Technologies include: solar PV, solar thermal (hot water), woodburning stoves, lime plaster, and herdwick wool carpets. House types include: traditional stone walled cottage, new energy efficient eco-house, oak timber frame house, and Brian Waite’s Strawbale House at Deanscales.
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Cockermouth: Strawbale House -self-build straw bale building has an unusual vaulted appearance and provides approx. 120sq.m of living space.  The house is now available as a kit for self-builders. There is also an EPS insulated version for those worried about using straw and lime. Brian is also exploring a float-able option for flood prone areas.

Cockermouth: Strawbale House -self-build straw bale building has an unusual vaulted appearance and provides approx. 120sq.m of living space. The house is now available as a kit for self-builders. There is also an EPS insulated version for those worried about using straw and lime. Brian is also exploring a float-able option for flood prone areas.

Large solar thermal array of 180 evacuated tubes (equivalent to around 18 square metres of flat plate solar collector).  The heat is used for domestic hot water for both the farmhouse and a holiday cottage, plus space heating.  Space heating is via a large (800 litre) accumulator tank. Near Cockermouth, West Cumbria.

Large solar thermal array of 180 evacuated tubes (equivalent to around 18 square metres of flat plate solar collector). The heat is used for domestic hot water for both the farmhouse and a holiday cottage, plus space heating. Space heating is via a large (800 litre) accumulator tank. Near Cockermouth, West Cumbria.

Cockermouth Low Stanger Farm: Solar Heating at an organic farm and market garden - has a large solar thermal array of 180 evacuated tubes (equivalent to around 18 square metres of flat plate solar collector).  The heat is used for domestic hot water for both the farmhouse and a holiday letting cottage, plus space heating.  Space heating is via a large (800 litre) accumulator tank.

Cockermouth Low Stanger Farm: Solar Heating at an organic farm and market garden - has a large solar thermal array of 180 evacuated tubes (equivalent to around 18 square metres of flat plate solar collector). The heat is used for domestic hot water for both the farmhouse and a holiday letting cottage, plus space heating. Space heating is via a large (800 litre) accumulator tank.

restoration of traditional Cumbrian farmhouse using lime plaster inside.  Part of the 2014 Green Open Homes initiative in the Cockermouth area.

restoration of traditional Cumbrian farmhouse using lime plaster inside. Part of the 2014 Green Open Homes initiative in the Cockermouth area.

Allerdale:  Springlea traditional Cumbrian farmhouse - recently restored with lime plaster inside. Electricity  from PV panels, solar thermal panels and a wood fired stove provide domestic hot water. Wood fired heating for the workshop space. Also organic vegetable beds, a wildflower meadow and sustainable willow beds.

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Inside the cosy 120sq.m of living space - a self-built straw bale home during Cumbria Green Open Homes (Cockermouth Area) March 2014.  Find out more from CAfS or www.strawbalehuse.co.uk

Inside the cosy 120sq.m of living space - a self-built straw bale home during Cumbria Green Open Homes (Cockermouth Area) March 2014. Find out more from CAfS or www.strawbalehuse.co.uk

Cockermouth: Danaway: newbuild eco home -  built to very high standards of fabric insulation, glazing and air tightness. The heating system integrates an efficient log burner wood stove and solar water heating with a twin coil solar cylinder and no conventional fossil fuel back-up.  The house was designed by Andrew Yeats of Eco Arc Architects, based in Kentmere, Cumbria and built by local contractor Roland Hill Ltd using locally sourced labour and materials.

Cockermouth: Danaway: newbuild eco home - built to very high standards of fabric insulation, glazing and air tightness. The heating system integrates an efficient log burner wood stove and solar water heating with a twin coil solar cylinder and no conventional fossil fuel back-up. The house was designed by Andrew Yeats of Eco Arc Architects, based in Kentmere, Cumbria and built by local contractor Roland Hill Ltd using locally sourced labour and materials.

Willow harvesting during Cockermouth Green Open Homes day in March 2014 - these willow beds provide a sustainable supply of willow for the owner and basket maker.

Willow harvesting during Cockermouth Green Open Homes day in March 2014 - these willow beds provide a sustainable supply of willow for the owner and basket maker.

Wigton - Lowmoor:  a low carbon oak framed timber office/ showroom building under construction. Highly insulated with natural materials with air tight membranes this building has a very low heat demand and construction techniques designed to minimize embodied carbon and may even be carbon negative. The visit includes a look at a 5kW wind turbine, 8kW of PV and a biomass boiler.

Wigton - Lowmoor: a low carbon oak framed timber office/ showroom building under construction. Highly insulated with natural materials with air tight membranes this building has a very low heat demand and construction techniques designed to minimize embodied carbon and may even be carbon negative. The visit includes a look at a 5kW wind turbine, 8kW of PV and a biomass boiler.

heat pump linked to roof mounted thermodynamic panel and 14 solar panels near Cockermouth, west Cumbria.  Open for the Cumbria Green Open Homes event March 2014.

heat pump linked to roof mounted thermodynamic panel and 14 solar panels near Cockermouth, west Cumbria. Open for the Cumbria Green Open Homes event March


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