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Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Dorset Group Event on 14th March 2013

March 14, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A meeting hosted by David McCormick of Rural Heat Renewable Solutions in Marlborough is the start of the 2013 programme of events organised by Mark Kingsley of the Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Dorset Group (aka SWAD)

This will include a presentation by Rural Heat’s Chief Engineer, Andy Owens, highlighting all the factors that need to be considered when seeing if biomass is relevant for a particular building.  Question time and discussions on biomass will follow the presentation.

Date: Thursday 14th March 2013 @ 7.30pm

Venue: The Shooting Lodge, Manton House Estate, Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1PN


More information about Rural Heat . . . .

“Rural Heat was set up three years ago by the Sangster family to promote the use of biomass within the south of England.  The Manton Estate was to be used as a showcase, with biomass boilers installed so that potential customers can come and see them in a live environment.  The Estate has a 100kw boiler that runs on locally produced woodchip, a 240 kw boiler that runs on pellets and a 27kw boiler is being installed week commencing 4th March to heat the Shooting Lodge (where the event will be held).  We also installed a drying floor specifically designed to dry woodchip for biomass boilers.

Andy Owens spent 20 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before his four years in biomass.”


Dates for your diaries . . . .

Thursday 11 April 2013 @ 7.30pm (topic to be advised)

Thursday 09 May 2013 @ 7.30pm. RegenSW seminar to be held at The Genesis Project, Taunton. Further information to follow


SWAD Meeting Topics in the Pipeline . . . .

  • Windwash – reducing the effective U value of roofs. How can it be reduced/prevented?
  • Designing out cold-bridging / providing foolproof details that builders can understand.
  • Links between sustainable construction and sustainable ways of working (including networking with other like minded practices and specialists). Low impact working is quite an important topic.

(If you would like to give a presentation/talk or discuss one of your projects or building systems/materials relating to these themes please contact Mark directly or via debbie@aecb.net)


Other Local Events coming up . . . .

AECB member, Melanie Latham, is part of the Wilton Community Land Trust, which has been asked by Wiltshire Council to arrange and host a Green Open Doors event which will be over the weekend of 19th/20th May 2013.  The aim is to showcase a variety of different projects with different approaches, either retro-fit, new build etc. but all aiming towards the low carbon goals. Other AECB members involved with projects in or near Wiltshire are asked to consider including them in this event if the clients/owners are willing.


March 14, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Shooting Lodge
Manton House Estate
Manton, Marlborough , Wiltshire SN8 1PN United Kingdom
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