A guide to monitoring your home environment

How can environmental sensors help us understand our homes’ current thermal performance, influence retrofit decisions and quantify the benefits of individual measures? Here Matt Fawcett explores how the use of low-cost sensors in combination with energy usage and weather data can inform our retrofit journey. Each month Carbon Coop facilitates EcoHome Lab – an informal … Read more

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

Carbon Co-op January 2018 Social

Levenshulme takes on energy efficiency retrofit and community energy! This January Carbon Co-op will be meeting in Levenshulme where the support for community energy and retrofit is growing. We will be joined by Ed Cox (IPPR North) who will host a discussion of the potential for community energy in Levenshulme. We will also hear from … 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