1. An 80’s three bedroom bungalow with early style double glazing, cavity wall insulation, gas condensing combi boiler, open coal effect gas fire and 200mm of loft insulation. Read how two years of planned retrofitting has improved the energy performance from an EPC D (64) to an EPC B (87).
2. The case study illustrates how it is possible to adapt a truly challenging domestic building dating back to the 1400s for the Zero Carbon future. The Tan House is now dry, warm and comfortable to live in. A recent heat survey concluded that its carbon footprint is comparable to that of a well-insulated modern property.
3. “Before and After” images of two local external insulation projects: on four concrete slab bungalows and on Church Stretton Town Council offices.
4. Creating a sustainable, environmentally conscious community in Colwich and the Haywoods, Staffordshire.
5. Plastic-free and zero waste shops are on the rise as the demand for more eco-friendly options continues to grow. Roots Larder is run as a ‘not-for-profit’ Community Interest Company (CIC), which means any money made gets reinvested back into the shop and projects to support the community in reducing waste, promoting recycling and providing sustainable alternatives to single use plastic. The shop sells a wide range of wholefoods, loose leaf teas and confectionery, which are all sold by weight, and there is also a refill station supplying household cleaning products, everything from laundry detergent to liquid hand soap and multi-surface cleaners.
6. In 2019 at Greenacres Farm in Baschurch a 50kW solar array was installed to improve energy efficiency and to reduce its’ carbon footprint running costs. A year on they are seeing the benefits. Greenacres Farm is a day care facility which provides training in agriculture and horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. It is run by Shropshire Council. In the first 12 months, the amount of energy used at Greenacres Farm has reduced by (22,415 kWh) or 49%. This is the equivalent of 5 average large family UK houses use of electric or 12 frugal homes. In reducing greenhouse gas emissions, over 6.2 tonnes CO2e have been saved. This has made a saving of £2,699 in the first year of operation for the service area.
7. Be inspired by what others have done. Case studies from Scotland share stories across a range of sectors and business sizes.
8. A few years ago Prof Nick Cowern moved to a small cottage tucked into a south-facing slope of the North York Moors. The house had solid walls, single glazed windows, a coal fireplace, a reeky old oil tank and boiler, and of course no connection to the gas network. As an academic interested in and concerned by climate change he wanted to end his dependence on fossil fuels, and to do so as cheaply as possible …
9. A Little Stretton household shares their experience of ten years with a solar PV array on the roof. The case study examines the records of the electricity generated and reviews the performance over that period.