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" Occupant Feedback : GROVE COTTAGE ‘All year round, the house is the right temperature, no messing with controls, fretting about getting the children to close doors, and no excessive clothing !’ "
Lorna Pearcey, Grove Cottage.
"We were delighted when it proved to be possible to achieve a PassivHaus standard building which fits perfectly in its residential environment and provides an efficient working environment at a reasonable price. We couldn’t have achieved this without the passion, commitment and expertise of our architects Simmonds Mills. Our tenants, the local community, the workforce and the Board of Helena Partnerships are delighted with the outcome."
Professor Robert Barr, OBEIndependent Board Member and Sustainability Champion - Helena Partnerships
"Incidentally we don’t have any heating at all upstairs and the ‘coldest’ bedroom in the cottage end is at 17C today, plenty warm enough. Our bedroom in the new bit is 19C, and is usually warmer when we get up in the morning that when we go to bed at night – just 2 bodies warming it! We spent the evening at a friend’s house yesterday and sat in draughts..."
updateThe AECB conference on 30.9.22 at the new engineering institute in Hereford https://nmite.ac.uk/ was a day full of debate and interest in furthering good retrofit standards within the industry. Photo above shows the demo. wall for our project the Chestnuts; external timber I beams onto existing cavity wall construction. Sponsorship / partnership for the demo and the whole project from https://www.ecovertsolutions.co.uk and https://www.partel.co.uk/
Retrofit : Better Building ModelThree deep retrofits begun before the pandemic are now finally near to completion; the last one should be on site within the next month. We’ve developed collaboration with Tim Hulse of www.ecovertsolutions.co.uk for our ‘Better Building Model’. The block of working in rural counties with good quality experienced builders being few and far between meant that input from Ecovert could help with pricing, value engineering and with project management role...
projects in developmentMarch 2021. The effects of the pandemic still affect everything. In the world of retrofit projects, some work has carried on ; planning permissions and other approvals have slowed down – with Council officers often on more pressing duties. We have several ongoing projects; three concurrently being detailed and costed ; skilled builders as ever are in short supply. No doubt all the best ones are extra busy as lockdown...
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