energy design

Based on retrofitting principles of powering down (reducing energy use) and powering up (producing energy), the following action points were prioritised in terms of zero/low cost to those requiring financing. The original ecological design of the building provided an excellent foundation for the energy design and would enable us to offer tours of the building as a eco-community building as from now on!

Action points

Immediate

  • check for draughts: loft hatches, electrical fittings, cracks in external walls, air cavities in external walls and behind plasterboard, gaps around skirting boards, rotting timbers around windows and doors, junctions around windows, doors and walls, suspended floor joints where they butt up against walls, windows and openings, malfunctioning or uncontrollable air vents, pipes through walls and ceilings
  • passive solar considerations: ensure users are aware of passive solar potential and benefits of curtains/blinds
  • heating: monitor usage / set controls for optimum heating / create signs for controls and use / instructions in hire agreements
  • renewable energy supply: change to 100% renewable energy supplier

Short-term

  • lighting: change all bulbs to LEDs

Longer-term

  • passive solar considerations: buy blinds and curtains for all windows
  • appliances: ensure triple A appliances are bought in the future, ie oven
  • renewable energy: get quotations for solar thermal and solar PV as a start