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Bristol Group Talk on Cropthorne House on 21st March 2013
March 21, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bristol Group members will hear a talk on the Cropthorne House by Mike Neate. Presentations on this inspirational project are always most informative. To anyone with an interest in achieving a high standard of sustainable building – or picking up a few tips on improving sustainability – this will be an opportunity to learn. See below for an excerpt from the diary the website http://www.cropthornehouse.co.uk/
7.oo for 7.30 at the Nova Scotia Pub, Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ
Meeting feedback . . . .
‘Mike Neate’s review of the trials and tribulations of leading the build on the Cropthorne House autonomous house was valuable insight. I applaud Mike’s ‘can do attitude’ towards resolving technical issues and his overall level of professionalism. It is clear that he has a passion for building in a more sustainable way’.
Rose Furnival has planned a calendar of meetings for the newly established Bristol Group for 2013. These will alternate between informal* meetings (socialising, networking and discussing current projects and activities in the area) – and more formal meetings with presentations, CPDs, site visits etc. If you are involved with any interesting projects or would like to highlight a particular material or building system, please contact Rose directly or via firstname.lastname@example.org
All AECB members are welcome and can bring along anyone who is interested in all aspects of sustainable building.
RSVP to Rose Furnival, the Group Leader directly or c/o email@example.com (and please let us know if you would be willing to offer a lift to a fellow member as part of the Lift-Share scheme).
Future proposed 2013 dates will fall on the third Thursday of each month as follows (informal meetings in italics):
18th April 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st November, 19th December
From the Cropthorne House diary . . . . .
Our plans and ideas for this house, generated way back in 2006, are now a reality rather than just something we talked about. For the past 18 months we’ve actually been living in a house with no heating system, no boiler, no connection to mains drainage and, since connecting up the rainwater harvesting system in the summer, no connection to the public water supply. The sun (when it shines!) really does heat our hot water, warm the house and supply us with electricity during the day; and the rain (something we haven’t been short of this year!) does provide us with water for bathing and washing clothes. Soon, we hope, the rain will also provide our drinking water. The slow sand filter takes a while to prime, so we have to be patient and wait. We’ve been sending water samples out for testing since it was set up and it’s very close to being potable
It’s such a relief and a thrill to see our ‘experimental’ house working – and working very well. We had no idea, back in 2006, if it was possible. Although Robert and Brenda Vale’s autonomous house was a sort of working prototype, we were going one step further and building to be truly zero-heat. Who knew if it would work? It wasn’t easy, quick or inexpensive to build. It could easily have backfired on us. But it didn’t. And now we’re reaping the rewards: our bills have reduced dramatically; fuel-price rises hardly affect us. And, what’s more, it’s a pleasure to live here. No hair shirts are necessary – just a jumper or two for a few weeks in the winter months (summer clothes and summer-weight duvets were in use from March until October this year). Living in this house has put us back in touch with what’s going on outside. We use every ray of sunshine and every drop of rain that falls here. Our waste composts down and is used in the garden, rather than becoming a toxic problem. Nothing is wasted and nothing is lost. Imagine if every house was built to do the same…!
Feedback from a new member, Ian . . . . .
“Mike Neate’s review of the trials and tribulations of leading the build on the Cropthorne House autonomous house was valuable insight. I applaud Mike’s ‘can do attitude’ towards resolving technical issues and his overall level of professionalism. It is clear that he has a passion for building in a more sustainable way. “