A Guide to Using Hemp & Lime for Natural, Zero-Carbon Insulation

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In late April we were fortunate to host Prof. Tom Woolley (architect and natural building pioneer) for a practical workshop on using hempcrete/hemplime for construction and retrofit insulation. Here, Matt Fawcett shares some of tips and learning from the session and outlines why it makes such an excellent low carbon building material. So what exactly … Read more

A Tale of Three Retrofits

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This autumn social saw members get together for an informative and enjoyable evening at Leaf on Portland St. We heard from three very different households who have recently completed (or almost completed!) their retrofits, and were inspired by each in their varied considerations and approaches. If you missed the event audio recording and presentations below. … Read more

EcoHome Lab July 2017: Adventures in Home Automation

Matt reports back from the EcoHome Lab field trip. We first met Mike Wilson in 2016 at an EcoHome Lab meetup session 'From Monitoring to Control' exploring the recent integration of the building blocks of home automation (MQTT, NodeRED and OpenHAB) into the EmonPi, the central base-station for the OpenEnergyMonitor system (view session presentation). In … Read more

EcoHome Lab Field Trip

Matt reports back from the EcoHome Lab field trip. We first met Mike Wilson in 2016 at an EcoHome Lab meetup session ‘From Monitoring to Control‘ exploring the recent integration of the building blocks of home automation (MQTT, NodeRED and OpenHAB) into the EmonPi, the central base-station for the OpenEnergyMonitor system (view session presentation). In … Read more

Our visit to EcoPower, the brilliant Belgian energy coop

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Carbon Coop is one of 5 pilot sites around Europe taking part in the Nobel Grid project. Last week, as part of a project meet-up, we visited the Belgian pilot EcoPower, an energy generation and supply cooperative, supplying over 48,500 member-investors with electricity (around 1.5% of all households in Flanders). Early in the morning we … Read more