A 2 bed eco home, based on the Hockerton Housing Project design, has come up for sale.

eco house for sale - from south

This is a private sale, but if you want to find out more (price available on application), please contact us and we’ll pass on your details to the seller.

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Floorpan

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Half acre incl meadow, lake and woodland

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View from above

 

 

 

 

 

 

The semi-detached bungalow is on a plot of land adjoining the Project. It was built by some of the original project members so shares the key design details and, importantly, has delivered on its promised performance. The house is south-facing, with a conservatory to the south overlooking a half acre of grounds and a car-port, storage and entrance area to the north.

Eco features

  • Built with high thermal mass, super insulation, buffer zones and high passive solar gain to capture heat in summer and avoid use of heating in winter.
  • Earth sheltering helps insulate the home and minimises the impact on the natural environment.
  • Triple glazed /low E/gas filled units.
  • Mechanical ventilation heat recovery.
  • Electric car charging port.
  • Energy costs of about £500 a year, less than half the national average.
  • Water is supplied through a shared rain water catchment and storage system.
  • There is no mains sewage system in the village. The house shares a septic tank and floating reed bed sewage treatment system.

Rooms

  • Boot room with storage.
  • Utility /shower room including hot water cylinder, sink, washing machine and storage together with basin, wc, shower and towel radiator.
  • Inner hall [3.1m x 3m] currently used as office and library.
  • Kitchen/ dining area 6.2m x 3m, with tall glazed French doors with windows over leading into the conservatory.
  • Sitting room 6.2m x 3m. Window on north wall and tall glazed French doors with windows over leading into conservatory. The rear section of this room [2.2m x 3m] could be adapted to form a third bedroom.
  • Master bedroom suite includes a dressing area [3m x 1.45m], shower room [1.6 x 3m] and bedroom [3.2m x 3m] with tall glazed French doors with windows over leading into conservatory.
  • Bedroom 2 [3.2m x 3m] with mezzanine floor over. Tall glazed French doors with windows over [3.25m x 1.8m] leading into the conservatory.
  • The fully double glazed timber conservatory [12.6m x 3m] has 4 velux roof lights and a wood burning stove.
  • Double french doors lead into the south facing garden approx 24m x 45m with a shared large pond. There is a hedge to the west boundary and woodland leading down to the stream to the south boundary.

Other

  • Total internal floor area approx 127m2.
  • There is a phone and super fast Broadband connection. No TV points.
  • The property is leasehold with a 999 year lease subject to a token peppercorn ground rent.
  • Maintenance of the septic tank sewage system and rain water catchment system is shared with the adjoining dwelling.
Date posted: March 4, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Eco homes New Build Sustainable living

Retrofit for the FutureThis week we popped in to one of the homes that we retrofitted in 2010/11 as part of a Government-funded project, Retrofit for the Future, to find out how it was performing.

The headline finding is that the house is now using 9% of the energy it previously used for space and water heating; down from 12493kWh to 1133kWh. Overall energy use has been reduced by 75%, with the carbon emissions from the remaining use offset by a cost-effective investment in off-site renewables.

We visited after one year and found that actual energy use was 47% less than that predicted by SAP. There has been a further significant fall since then. Over the intervening years, the average energy use has been 30% of the use originally predicted for space and water heating, ventilation and lighting; and total average use has been 50% of use in that first year.

We expect heat usage to remain steady at this lower level (for the current occupancy patterns) as the fall can be attributed to one-off factors in that first year:

  • the building was drying out
  • the thermal mass had no heat stored as the build completed in early autumn
  • the winter of 2010/11 was particularly cold

Use of energy for appliances and cooking remains the largest influence on energy use, forming two-thirds of annual use on average. As highlighted in previous posts this is very dependent on working patterns and the number of residents. The final 3% of energy use is by the metering system itself – with metering on 8 rings in the house to enable this analysis.

Last, but certainly not least, was the residents’ feedback. The most notable problem was a rain sensor on the automated Velux windows in the sunspace, but that has been repaired quickly enough, and the occupants continue to enjoy the comfort of their old but cheaper-to-heat home.

Date posted: January 28, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Eco homes Existing Homes Performance Monitoring

Pub and car

Spread Eagle pub at Hockerton

Our local pub is up for auction next week, so with unanimous support from a parish meeting, Hockerton has applied to list it as an asset of community value on the basis of:

  • History of community events, from Jubilee fetes to Bin Day Beers
  • Last accessible shared space in the village
  • Site is unsuited to housing
  • Potential for diversification of services
  • Clear appetite for good food and drink in the area

The Spread Eagle has also played an important role in oiling the wheels of our village’s energy co-operative, Sustainable Hockerton, and in helping it celebrate its successes.

Any enterprising chefs or publicans looking to own a zero carbon pub – look no further!

Date posted: October 16, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Sustainable living

This autumn, HHP is racing against the clock to install further solar PV roofs funded by local community energy co-op Sustainable Hockerton.

The plan is to install two roofs on local businesses – one of 10kW and a further one of 27kW. The businesses benefit from lower cost power, Sustainable Hockerton members benefit from continued returns from their investment, and the community benefits from a village sustainability fund.

These new installations will be funded by the co-op’s income from its 225kW wind turbine, potentially with some top-up loans from its members, and will help further diversify the renewable energy systems in our parish.

imageThe clock is, as many of you will know, ticking. The Government plans to substantially cut the feed-in tariff and, as of 1 October, removed the ability to pre-register schemes for the feed-in tariff, removing the certainty that community schemes need to raise investment. These cuts appear far too big and far too early, whilst the attack on investor certainty pushes up costs – which is no way to help reduce energy bills in the long-term. We have sadly also begun to see the impact of specific cuts and a wider policy vacuum on jobs, with the loss of an estimated 1000 jobs at Mark Group and Climate Energy.

We can only hope this attack on renewables is a last gasp from a system historically reliant on the fossil fuel industry. Interest in our approach continues to engage and inspire other communities (pictured above are York Community Energy on a recent visit); and at a crucial time in the run up to Paris talks, the climate now has the Pope, Barack Obama, the governor of the Bank of England and Nanny McPhee firmly on its side.

It is, to say the least, disappointing that the UK Government is no longer leading the green agenda, but this is a global challenge and, as the business world opens its eyes to the high risks it faces, it feels like the balance is shifting.

If you want to find out more about what we’ve achieved at the street and community level, our next Sustainable Living tour is on Saturday 7 November.

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Date posted: October 9, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Community Energy Renewable energy

EVs at HockertonMotivated by planning restrictions on our use of fossil-fuelled cars, between us we’ve now got experience of owning or leasing 3 EVs, a Nissan Leaf, a Volkswagen e-up!, and a Renault Zoe, and one PHEV [1], a Mitsubishi Outlander. We’re often asked about the running costs, but it’s not all about the money.  If you’re thinking of getting one, here’s who we think they work for, and who they don’t…

Yes – if you want lower running costs.

Our Leaf and e-up! get around 4 miles per kwH, which at our off-peak tariff costs 2p per mile. This compares with 8p for a comparable petrol-fuelled up!

All-electric cars [2] have zero Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), even after upcoming changes, saving £140 each year from the second year of ownership. Hybrids and PHEVs don’t get such a good deal under this Government’s restructuring of VED.

If it is a company car both company and employee pay less the more efficient the car, with employees currently paying 5% benefit-in-kind rates, compared with a maximum of 37% for the least efficent cars.

Of course there are still costs, which will now fall on your electricity bill. Annoyingly there is no smart tech built into our chargers, or the car, to easily track usage and costs, but hopefully that will come.

Yes – if you care for the global environment

We have long been aware of the environmental impact of batteries – our homes are grid-connected for this very reason. Battery technology is now evolving in a way that addresses some of this impact, but this is not just a question of a battery, or even low carbon transport.

EVs are central to the planned decarbonisation of the grid, provided the right tariffs and signals come forward to enable them to soak up otherwise unwanted renewable and low carbon energy, and supply to homes during peak demand hours.

Yes – if you care for the local environment

I’ll assume that if you read this blog you would charge from renewable power so are not simply adding to pollution levels elsewhere! The Government claims that the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles could prevent 29,000 premature deaths each year from air pollution.

Yesif you are happy to plan ahead.

Don’t base your choice of vehicle on the claimed range. Cold weather has a big impact on battery efficiency.

Consider what charger type the car uses. The language used around these is unclear, as is a future standard, so our recommendation is to be flexible. When you get a charging point, don’t get a built-in cable

Work out where you are going to charge, which for us is normally at home. It may take time to arrange a home charging point, so do consider whether you have an interim solution, which could be as simple as a standard outdoor socket.

Yes – if you don’t like planning ahead.

For all the talk about range anxiety, the standout benefit of EVs is no longer having to build petrol station visits in to your travels. For most of us, charging just means plugging in when we get home.

Yes – if you don’t like noise pollution.

Some critics cite the danger of quiet cars. Yes, you’ll find yourself giving pedestrians and cyclists an (even) wider berth, but do so in the knowledge you are cutting noise, as well as air, pollution.

Yesif you have solar PV or other renewables.

At HHP, we estimate we’re losing £500 a year exporting power we can’t use onsite. The more we can store power in EVs or our immersion heaters, the less we need to draw from the grid, and the greater our autonomy.

Yes – if you want the best parking space

OK, this is only going to be the case whilst EV user numbers are low, but the free charging at service stations, the local Park&Ride, and Ikea(!) also means accessible spaces even on the busiest days.

Maybe – if you regularly travel long distances

Whether this is a problem depends whether your wallet is in Tesla territory, but even if you are not, there are options. Either take up the PHEV option or consider whether you are happy to stop for a coffee break. Both work for us, but there have been teething problems with some of the charging points on motorways.

Also, be warned that the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has allowed a patchwork of propietary charge cards to develop, meaning you have not only to work out where chargers are, but what charge card you need, and sign up accordingly.

In any case, there’s always the train!

Maybe – if you need to tow manure/sheep/caravans

Your choice will be limited, and this need was the major factor in the selection of the Outlander by one household. Pure EVs, and for that matter hybrids such as the Prius, don’t have this capacity.

If you do go down the PHEV route, take a look at online forums to understand real-life mpg for your type of journeys.

Noif you can’t charge at home.

Convenience is the EV’s unsung benefit. If you can’t charge at home and are not within easy walking distance of a public charging point, the hassle is probably not worth it. If you are close to one, you are probably also close to public transport – why not use that?!

No – if you are in it for the cost savings alone

The Treasury won’t easily give up the £31.58 billion [3] it earns from Fuel Duty and VED, as seen in this summer’s budget which undermined the fiscal incentive to purchase efficient petrol cars. Don’t expect ‘free’ charging points to remain free, or to always have a tax advantage over fossil-fuelled cars. If and when they become the norm, we should expect to see some radical changes to VED in response to the loss of revenue from Fuel Duty.

And finally…

A few more good things: the acceleration; increasing your range going down a big hill; more data for us energy geeks; and some decent cupholders too.

[1] Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge before switching to hybrid mode.

[2] That cost less than £40,000

[3] http://www.racfoundation.org/motoring-faqs/Economics

 

Date posted: September 9, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: Sustainable living