Kings Rd, Malvern Wells
fair to say the house wouldn't be the house it is without Neill's
Neate, Eco Design & Construction
environmental project management and building services
input into achieving zero-heat 'beyond Passivhaus' design. David
is, quite possibly, a genius.
Parkfield Lane, Hallow, Worcester
cool and competent.
House, High Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NR
Independent building control services - inspection and final sign-off.
Tel: 01452 310880
but fair - a creditable alternative to local authority building
Groundworks and Construction
and a great deal more.
Catherines Barn, Manor Lane, Bredons Norton, GL20 7HB
conscientious and professional, nice people to have on site too.
We're very happy that the key structural stages of the build were
handled by them.
of plain clay roof tiles for house & garage.
Perry & Davenhill Ltd.
Tel: 01384 77405
tiles are necessarily a high carbon product, but Dreadnought's
tiles have an exceptionally long life, which offsets the embodied
energy. Being a local company, and having their own quarry, reduced
transport emissions. Plus the tiles make a significant contribution
to the attractiveness of the completed house..
system design & supply. Also supplied Optiwin triple glazed
windows to our special ultra high performance specification.
been very impressed with the Green Building Store.
First, Chris Herring's expertise in window design and collaboration
with the energy consultant resulted in uniquely specified Optiwin
windows but at a competitive price.
Second, by the ever helpful Andrew Farr who designed our MVHR
system, dealt with any issues during installation and performed
the final commissioning.
Plastics (Kingsley Clivus)
for composting toilet system.
don't generally make these any more, but if you ask Mike Turner
Photovoltaic System (but can also supply other renewables)
Westwood Industrial Estate, Pontrilas, Hereford
Energy have the distinction of being one of the few solar companies
who we contacted that could be bothered to turn up and give us
a quote. They were competitive though, and their service was very
good as is the installed system.
hot water system supply and installation
(but now also supply photovoltaic systems)
Parc Derwen Fawr
were looking for a solar water system which could extract the
maximum heat from the sun even at marginal times of the year.
The combination of Llani Solar's modelling software and expertise
has delivered a system with impressive performance.
Village Kitchen Company
construction and installation of fitted kitchen and utility room
(The website is for their associated custom doors business).
not strictly an 'eco' specialist, we were impressed by Brett Pillinger's
(of VKC) enthusiasm and willingness to provide what we wanted.
But we would also recommend the two other companies on our shortlist:
Earth, of Knighton, Powys, and
Eco Design of Ilkley, who do interesting things with recycled
In the end the convenience of a good local company who could install
as well as supply won the day.
(now Remarkable Smile)
of recycled plastic kitchen worktops.
The Remarkable Factory
Worcester, WR5 1DS
they really do turn used vending machine cups into plastic panels
which can be used as kitchen worktops, and many other things too.
After living with the panels we can report that they're great,
and a splendid way to re-use an otherwise waste material.
of ecological paints and materials, from among others Auro and
Gloucestershire GL6 7BX
bit of a curiosity in a way a garage and petrol station,
both still operating, have also grown into a major supplier of
sustainable materials. They now offer a huge range of products
including solar water and photovoltaic systems. We sourced our
paints and other finishes from them, for which they were excellent.
Bryan Rowe's in depth knowledge was genuinely helpful.
of low environmental impact paints, as supplied to us by the Greenshop
(above) but also available direct.
Marsh Lane Ind. Est.
0845 6 43 63 83
it make perfect sense to only ship the dry components of paint
as a powder, avoiding 60% of the transport weight, then add water
on site? Doesn't it make sense to use only non-toxic ingredients,
including natural vegetable pigments? And doesn't it also make
sense to package it all in cardboard and paper, which can then
be fully recycled?
Well we think so, and so do Naturepaint, because that's exactly
how they make and supply their paints.
system design, and supply of fittings.
Lightmaster Direct Ltd.
Blackwell Business Park
01608 682 115
Low energy lighting is still evolving and Lightmaster's specialist
knowledge of which products work, and which don't, was well worth
having. I was worried the design fee made this an avoidable indulgence,
but now the lighting is installed the house looks better than
I would have managed on my own, and has very low energy consumption.
Lightmaster's service also comes with much useful advice, and
they can also (although they don't insist!) sell you the light
fittings, on which they are competitive. So worth it, yes.
of terracotta floor tiles throughout the house.
Tiles of Stow
Langston Priory Workshops
Very helpful and knowledgable. Sebastian's enthusiasm for the
project may have been even greater than ours(!).
He also worked hard to deliver what we wanted at the best possible
Martin, AJM Electrical Services
system inspection, testing and certification for building regulations.
knowledge and experience was invaluable, in that he was able to
understand the thinking behind our unorthodox electrical installation,
designed to minimise energy use. He loves a challenge like this,
was very helpful, and his fee was reasonable.
and Matt Wallin
and garden clearance & preparation
Peter: 01386 860334
Matt: 07913 051959
you have met Peter Wallin you never forget it.
of (among other things) Awadukt - the antibacterial heat-transfer
pipework system used in our MVHR ground tube.
through major builders merchants. For advice, Steve Richmond at
Rehau UK is very helpful.
of Masonry Support and Restraint Fixings
Way, President Park,
Sheffield S4 7UR
Tel: +44 (0)114 275 5224
Fax: +44 (0)114 276 8543
BBA-approved low thermal conductivity wall ties.
Castle Hill Pottery
kiln-glazed straight-through pedestals for composting toilet system,
based on giant garden rhubarb forcers.
considerable difficulty trying to source suitable pedestals for
the composting toilet system, Tony Hall was recommended to us.
The hand thrown pedestals he produced in his workshop in Wales
are beautiful works of art, as well as being perfect for the purpose.
and construction of bespoke stained glass panels using recycled
wine bottle glass.
not vital for the function of the house, Jackie's recycled stained-glass
panels are one small indulgence which are a constant delight.
The Sustainable Building Association
network of individuals and companies with the common aim of promoting
sustainable building. It brings together builders, architects,
designers, manufacturers, housing associations, local authorities
and private individuals.
you're seriously thinking about low energy building, joining the
AECB is an excellent move. Genuinely independent, the wealth of
knowledge and expertise among its members is invaluable. Although
some large companies are among its members, smaller organisations
and private individuals are equally welcome. The support and access
to knowledge which the AECB can bring to self builders is extremely