25 - 26 Apr 2020
Sat 25th April 2-5pm
Sun 26th April 10-1pm
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If you want to see attainable, innovative and practical family living all under one roof, you would like visiting Lydia & David’s home. Through embracing opportunities, technology and being a bit brave, they have managed to combine their desire to be planet-friendly with all the comfort and practicality of a busy, modern family lifestyle.
The rainwater garden has been designed to be an aesthetically pleasing water feature as well as a functional cistern, providing a home for fish and irrigation water for the plants in the front garden. It ensures none of the rainwater falling on the roof and hard-standings is sent to the highway drains and is enabling them to challenge the perception of how to make best use of your front garden.
They installed a solar energy battery three years ago, which stores energy directly from their nine solar panels. Battery energy storage is a game changer. Would you like to know more? Imagine never having to worry about the rising cost of your energy tariff ever again. The battery stores unused solar energy, which is then fed back into the house when the panels are unable to generate. Their solution is saving them money, allowing them to be in full control of their energy generation and use, while reducing their footprint all at the same time.
The house when bought was rendered in pebbledash, which was cracked and no longer waterproof in many places. The house had several damp spots internally and was poorly insulated. Rather than reapplying the pebbledash they took advantage of a government grant to install external solid wall insulation, which has significantly mitigated the problems and delivered a much more attractive external finish.
If you are looking for inspiration, come along.
62 Sompting Road Case Study (PDF, 160kB)