Over the past two years we’ve hosted more school trips. From mapping natural resources to debating political issues, our tours can be adapted to suit any geographical or sociological aspect of sustainability.
On a visit, a resident shows small groups of students round. We show them how we harvest rainwater, generate green energy, and how we designed and built our homes to be as energy efficient as possible. This allows for a two-way conversation, and to explore the areas that the students are most interested in.
Alongside the formal educational element, we see the children’s understanding of a ‘good life’ being challenged and informed. We often see and hear attitudes change in real time, as they take away the conclusion that to live sustainably is not to go without, but is to live with… with comfort, with zero carbon, and with cooperation in the community.
The feedback from the students of Carlton Le Willows says it all:
‘The place is absolutely awesome, it is the future’.
“I think the Project was a great way to show how people can still live ordinary lives within a community without spending too much money but still doing great things for the environment and building a better more promising future for our relatives to come”
‘I thought it was a very educational trip and that it is amazing what some people can do!’
We make school trips to Hockerton Housing Project as accessible as possible and encourage you to contact us to set a visit up.
On 27 February we are holding our one day masterclass on the experience and learning from the development of Hockerton Housing Project.
The day offers a unique and practical insight into the delivery of the Project, covering its efficient design, energy systems, autonomous water services and proven performance. You can find the booking form at the bottom of this post, or here.
Why should you attend?
This event will be of particular interest to developers, self-builders, landowners, planners, architects, buildings services engineers, and other building professionals.
Delegates will gain:
an appreciation of the practicalities of building sustainably.
an understanding of strategies and technologies for ultra low energy building and ‘zero heating’ design.
a comprehension of the differences between high thermal mass build and lightweight timber frame construction.
knowledge of the potential solutions and strategies for delivering a zero carbon and autonomous development through renewable energy technologies, and water systems (collection and waste), and how they can be incorporated into buildings.
an insight into what it is really like to live in eco homes and to live sustainably.
Attending this event can contribute 6.0 hours towards your CPD requirements.
||Registration and refreshments
||Introduction: Objectives for the day and introductions
||Hockerton Housing Project – Sustainability by design Simon Tilley, HHP
||The construction process and practicalities Nick Martin, HHP
||Tour of one of the Project’s eco-homesNick Martin & Simon Tilley
||Lunch & networking
||Tour of the Sustainable Resource CentreNick Martin & Simon Tilley
||Developments inspired by HHP Nick Martin, HHP
||HHP autonomous services (including renewable energy & water systems)Simon Tilley, HHP
||Discussion session: Taking sustainability forward Nick Martin & Simon Tilley, HHP
A lunch is included, please let us know any dietary requirements when booking.
Nick Martin (BEd), a founding Project member, has a unique experience and knowledge of energy efficient housing. Nick led the build of the home of Prof. Brenda and Dr. Robert Vale, an autonomous townhouse with ‘net zero CO2’ emissions, delivered through low embodied energy, power from photovoltaic arrays and passive solar heating. Nick Martin then commissioned Dr. Robert Vale to design a rural hamlet of 5 earth sheltered sustainable dwellings to similar energy and environmental performance standards. Nick supervised this self-build project from August 1996 to Sept 1998.
Nick Martin now undertakes a range of related consultancy work, including new designs for ultra low energy housing and performance monitoring, as well as being directly involved in new eco-building projects. He is currently developing a 7 home ultra low energy affordable housing scheme in Hockerton.
Simon Tilley (M Eng, C Eng, M I Mech E) joined the project in 1995, after a background in Mechanical Engineering. This included spending two years in working for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Namibia.
He manages the HHP water & energy systems, including most recently the installation of an additional 6kW solar PV array. He lead the development and installation of the village Vestas v27 wind turbine and currently manages its operation. He undertakes a range of consultancy work and leads the Project’s educational work. Simon was also an Open University Associate Lecturer for the “Energy for a Sustainable Future” course and now lectures for Nottingham Trent University on Innovations in Energy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was very encouraging talking to people who had practical experience rather than just a grasp of the theory. Simon’s presentation on the principles was as clear as any I’ve seen, and the detailed discussion about construction and procurement challenges from Nick gave a practical edge to the day that you rarely get at other events.
Rob Annable, Architect, Axis Design Collective
The response was overwhelmingly positive. All felt that they had learned a great deal, it was great to see how enthused the staff members in the party were.
Paul Ellis, Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society
My main reason for visiting was that it’s easy for us industrialists and academics to sit behind our desks pontificating on low-energy housing,but to visit the people who have actually DONE it is invariably refreshing,and is always a good thing to do as a ‘professional sanity check’.
Dr Neil Cutland, Cutland Consulting Ltd
Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions can be viewed on our website.
Let’s make stuff
We’re delighted to announce a new programme of seasonal and sustainable workshops for children and for adults, to give people the chance to get in touch with nature, recycle old furniture and decorate their homes. Take a look at our events page to see what’s on offer, and get in touch if you are a course provider looking for an inspiring eco venue to host your courses.
26 October Magic up your own broom!
23 November Kids’ Christmas crafts
8 December Weave a willow wreath
13 December Luxury wreath workshop