CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England)


Thursday 8th September - Sunday 11th September

Following the lead of CPRE Norfolk Branch, the Cheshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has organised a Green Buildings Open Weekend in early September, offering guided, informative tours of 11 energy-efficient properties and projects between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th September.

A range of properties are included in this scheme, from retrofitted properties to purpose-built green homes and conversions, as well businesses and educational premises. The buildings opening for tours in 2010 are:

1 - Village Hall, Bickerton - Electricity generated by a 27 panel photovoltaic array with public information display monitor in entrance hall, and solar water heating system.

2 - Flowcrete UK Ltd. Head offices, Sandbach - Sedum roofed building with air source heating and cooling pump supplying under floor heating throughout.

3 - Kingsmead Primary School, Northwich - Solar photo-voltaics and hot water panels, rainwater harvesting for WC flushing, bio-mass boiler, super insulation, natural ventilation and SUDS (Sustainable Urban Water Drainage Systems). Recycled materials used throughout along with locally sourced products and labour.

4 - Architect designed home, Altrincham - Built to achieve sustainable energy consumption on a commercially viable budget. Solar hot water system with heat exchanger and under-floor heating supply. Rainwater harvesting withlow flow taps and energy efficient appliances and lighting.

5 - Barn Conversion, Macclesfield - Converted agricultural buildings with Proven wind turbine, ground source heat pump, sedum roof and passive solar and ventilation design.

6 - Standard 1930’s semi, Hoole, Chester - Solar thermal and electric panels on the roof, argon gas filled high efficiency windows, 300mm of loft insulation, around 1800L of rainwater storage capacity (including grey water collection from shower), all for garden irrigation. Turf shed roof, chicken coop, extensive crop garden and systems for preservation and storage. 100% revewable energy supplier including gas credits for solar heating provision.

7 - Retrofitted bungalow - Little Leigh, Northwich - Air source heat pump and solar water heating and enzyme composting. Heating system is being tested as a trial with data collection sensing equipment.

8 - Retrofitted villa-style home, Chester - Solar photo-voltaic array.

9 - Retrofitted 1960s bungalow, Nantwich - Extra-thick sheep’s wool loft insulation and cavity infill, below ground insulation, triple-glazed gas-filled windows, evacuated tube solar water heating panels, super-efficient integrated central heating system.

10 - Spring Farm Business Centre, Crewe - Converted farm buildings utilising wind power generated by two Gaia turbines.

11 - Reaseheath Agricultural College, Nantwich - Anaerobic digestion demonstration plant converting animal wastes to gas, heat and fertilizer.

Booking is essential for all the tours. Please visit http://cprecheshire.org.uk/green-buildings/ to book, or call 01606 835046 (9-12, Monday - Friday)

Directions to each property will be sent on booking. Please note that due to demand, bookings before 1st September for non-CPRE members are limited to three tours per person.



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