In recent years we
have been building an eco-house in Leicestershire, it was completed in
2008. It is designed to minimise its impact on the environment and make the
most of renewable energy sources. By facing south it benefits from passive
solar design. Large windows to the south allow sun to heat the house but
thick dense walls prevent heat loss. Heavy-weight in its design the house
has a high thermal mass so that it should not require any additional
heating, thus it is a zero-heat house. Overall, the whole house is designed
to significantly reduce energy use in its construction and daily living.
Below are some basic summary details about the eco-features of the house
and details about where we sourced material.
Summary of eco-features of the house
articles (PDFs) about the house:
Two women, an ecobuild and a full time job. 2008.
Permaculture Magazine, 58, 15-18
Two's company. 2008. Build It
Simple Eco-house ... A C-Change home. 2008. Ecology
Building Society Newsletter [2 MB file]
A self-build ecohouse (a good technical
summary) 2008. Green Building magazine: Building for a
Future, Winter 2008, 18, 3, 62-66 [2 MB file]
21st July 2009