Member Stories: My SheepWool Loft Installation Project

Carbon Co-op member Carla Smith has recently carried out a self-installation of SheepWool loft insulation. She has shared her experience of carrying out this project and the planning and thinking which went into the work. This is just one example of how you can carry out DIY retrofit activities, and does not represent an endorsement … Read more

Training opportunities and offers with Aereco Ventilation Systems

This May we are hosting a seminar with Peter King from Aereco specifically looking at the design, installation, and controllability of ventilation systems. In addition, a NEW MEMBER OFFER gives 25% off all Aereco ventilation systems. 25% off your place at the upcoming seminar if you book before 6th May 2019. 25% off Aereco ventilation … Read more

Spot the difference! Thermal imaging camera used to resolve airtightness issues.

Thermal image of downstairs toilet window

Carbon Co-op members Alan and Monica discuss how they have used a thermal imaging camera to identify, diagnose and resolve airtightness issues in their newly refurbished home. We have nearly finished a major refurbishment of our house (see the presentation we gave to Carbon Coop on October 6th, 2017, “A Tale of Three Retrofits”). This … Read more

Are Hybrid Cars Energy Efficient?

The car The car is a Volkswagen Golf GTE 2017 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Battery/Range 8.7 kWh (pure EV range ~30miiles) Battery weight 120kg Petrol engine 1.4L turbo Official fuel economy 166 mpg (this compares with real world driving figure ~75-90mpg)* Official emissions 38 gCO2/km *The real-world figures (see below) are nowhere near as good … Read more

Thermal imaging investigation raises puzzling questions

thermal image of member home

Andrew Gage reports on the experience of borrowing the thermal imaging camera. My reason for borrowing the camera was to check the effectiveness of the insulation in our house. We began work on the house after its purchase in 2010. I knew about the importance of insulation before the work began, but only had limited … Read more