BuildOn 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.

Programme

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Introduction: Objectives for the day and introductions
10.30 Hockerton Housing Project – Sustainability by design Simon Tilley, HHP
11.15 Assessment Activity
11.20 The construction process and practicalities Nick Martin, HHP
12.05 Tour of one of the Project’s eco-homesNick Martin & Simon Tilley
13.00 Lunch & networking
13.35 Tour of the Sustainable Resource CentreNick Martin & Simon Tilley
13.50 Developments inspired by HHP Nick Martin, HHP
14.45 HHP autonomous services (including renewable energy & water systems)Simon Tilley, HHP
15.30 Refreshment break
15.35 Discussion session: Taking sustainability forward Nick Martin & Simon Tilley, HHP
16.00 Close

A lunch is included, please let us know any dietary requirements when booking.

The Tutors

Nick Martin

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

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.

Testimonials

 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.

Date posted: January 29, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Eco homes Events Masterclass New Build

  • Do you want to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in your area?
  • Are people in your community struggling to pay their energy bills?
  • Confused by the Green Deal and ECO? Not sure what other forms of funding are out there?

On 15 March 2014 Hockerton Housing Project is hosting a free training event for the Community Climate Action Network that will help you to help your community adopt energy efficiency, lower their energy bills and cut their carbon emissions.

  • Try out practical tools for assessing how your community can best lower the carbon footprint of their homes and reduce their energy bills.
  • Hear about inspiring projects in other communities.
  • Find out about funding to help households install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, new boilers and renewables.
  • Find out how you can lower energy use in community buildings.

For further information please contact Caroline Harmon: ccan@mea.org.uk / 07748 508704.

The event will end with a Bring Your Own Lunch and the option of a tour of the Project. This must be booked separately and there is a charge.

Date posted: January 19, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Community Energy Renewable energy Uncategorized

We are often asked why we settled on a group of five homes when planning the development at Hockerton. There are practical reasons such as the size of the plot available, and planning requirements such as the need to incorporate street lighting in larger developments. But there is also a social reason. The following excerpt from OpenLearn LabSpace on team dynamics is a helpful summary…

How many people in a team?

Does the task need a lot of people doing the same task (for example, an advice centre) or a small, expert team addressing different parts of the task (for example, writing new information leaflets)? The size of the team needed will be an important consideration. The larger the team, the greater the potential variety of skills and knowledge, but as the size of the team increases each individual will have fewer opportunities to participate and influence proceedings. The size of a team is therefore a trade-off or balance between variety and individual input. A team of between five and seven people is considered best for the effective participation of all members, but to achieve the range of expertise and skills required, the group may need to be larger. This brings with it the challenges of how to manage and supervise a large team. In health and social care, multi-organisational teams may be large given the need to ensure representation from different organisations required to plan and deliver a particular service or address an individual service user’s case.

Homogeneous groups, whose members share similar values and beliefs, may be more satisfying to work in and may experience less conflict, but they tend to be less creative and produce greater pressures for conformity. In contrast, heterogeneous groups, whose members have a wider range of values and beliefs, are likely to experience greater conflict, but they have the potential for greater creativity and innovation.

Our shared values and beliefs certainly deliver less conflict, but we’ll leave it to you to decide whether it also means we are less creative!

Date posted: January 7, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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