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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
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    • CommentAuthorLizM
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2014
    I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the article I wrote about Warm Up Bristol. I'll also post updates on the scheme. For instance, since writing the article, Bristol City Council have started the process of writing a design guide covering thermal bridging issues with EWI, ventilation requirements and planning issues.
    • CommentAuthorpmusgrove
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2014
    Where is the article?
    Green Bldg Magazine, I assume, but although I am a member of AECB I seem not to have received it for some time. LizM, can you post the text of the article?


    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2014 edited
    I love it, well done Bristol.

    I Would like to know the u values and thickness of external wall insulation please

    I would also like to have known the interest rate/cost of finance too, the main reason that the green deal failed was because of the insanely high interest rate.

    I have see city wide renovation programmes in other European cities with interest at 1%, rolling humongous programs city wide and effective and working, if they can do it so can we. Base rate is low, solid investment in property = reasonable interest rate.

    Demonstration homes is a great idea, please show them to the planners. Nice to see planning get a mention, they hold the keys to a low energy future. changes are needed and now!

    I love it that you mention draught proofing, this most cost effective thing to do. It is a shame to be talking about double glazing when 3g ought to be used. Passive ventilation is not at all a good way to go as the EWI combined with new windows should result in nice air sealing, letting in draughts seems counter-productive. Controlled ventilation, or whole house would be the way to go.

    You talk a lot about improved energy efficiency, I would rather see reduced energy use, semantic I know but there is a difference.

    Have to applaud Bristol, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Do you have target U-values, numbers of homes, payback times.

    I cannot see any hope of getting private landlords engaged. Need carrot and a stick, can't see either.

    Could you come to our town to help us please.😊
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2014 edited
    We would be interested to hear how close to the 80% reduction target these renovated homes get.
    • CommentAuthorLizM
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2015
    Hi all. Yes, the article is in the latest Green Building Magazine. I plan on writing a follow up article, so I can address more of the technical information, including details of U-values, energy savings achieved etc. If anyone's in Bristol, the show home is regularly open, see www.warmupbristol.co.uk for opening times.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2015
    tony Dec 23rd 2014 edited edit quote
    We would be interested to hear how close to the 80% reduction target these renovated homes get.

    Any special privileged info for us please Liz?
    • CommentAuthorPaul_B
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2015

    I found the article inspiring and especially liked the way the way it used Community Energy groups to overcome the issue of trust and reach the right people in most need. Something I am very interested in and have mentioned to the other members of Eastbourne Community Energy. Ultimately I see this as a more effective way of improving the housing stock than leaving it to the energy companies.

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