Visit the Eden Insulation factory in Appleby, where they make timber frames for highly energy-efficient buildings, including to the Passivhaus standard. They fabricate insulated, airtight panels in the factory, which are then erected on site (usually within a few days) to create the building’s frame, ready for roofing and external cladding.
One of their recent homes, a Passivhaus in Kendal, achieved the UK’s second-best reading for airtightness.
Eden Insulation also built the first certified Passivhaus in Cumbria, and you’ll visit it as part of this event. Building started on this home, in Crosby Ravensworth, in August 2014 and it was completed in May 2015, with Passivhaus certification following that August.
The home owners will be on hand to show you round and share their experiences. They aimed to use local suppliers and contractors whenever possible. The main contractor was Alan Brockbank, B&H Construction, based in Colby.
The house achieved airtightness of 0.3 air changes per hour (better than the Passivhaus standard of 0.6 ach). It uses a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery unit (Paul brand), supplied by Green Building Store.
Heating is provided by low temperature radiators fed from a Viessmann Vitocal 222 air-source heat pump, which also supplies the hot water. Backup heating is available from a Morso S11 wood-burning stove with external air supply.
There’s a 3.9kWp solar panel array on the south facing roof supplied by Sundog. Lighting is LED throughout. The house has a masonry shell and slate roof.
In the 12 months to June 2016, the owners used 2,845 kWh of electricity, costing £470 (including significant energy used in drying out the home after a flood linked to their water meter). Over the same period, they generated 3,643 kWh, paying them £576.
Why not try lift-sharing? Visit https://liftshare.com/uk to list your journey to this event and see if you could share with others. (It’s great for all your other journeys, too!)
Directions & Parking
To the Eden Insulation factory: From the main street in Appleby, cross the bridge and turn right, passing The Co-operative supermarket. Turn left into Drawbriggs Lane. At the mini roundabout, turn right. At the T-junction, turn left. Take the next right turn into Cross Croft Industrial Estate. Turn left into Esperanto Way, passing JT Akinsons. Turn right into the Cannon Hire site. The factory is in front of you at the end. There is ample parking at the site.
You’ll be given directions to the Passivhaus after the factory visit.
There is wheelchair access to the Eden Insulation factory. Details to follow regarding the Passivhaus visit.
Green Build Festival 2016
This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2016, a week-long programme of activities and visits to green homes, organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Visit the CAfS website for full details: www.cafs.org.uk/events
When & Where
CAfS & Eden Insulation