This October LILI (the Low Impact Living Iniative) are running the Sustainable Building Techniques area at the Grand Designs Live show in Birmingham (7-9th Oct, 2011 @ the NEC). Sustainable Building Techniques is a programme of wide ranging talks, workshops and hands-on demonstrations covering low-impact building technologies and techniques. There will be a cutaway demonstration house showing some of the measures which can be retrofitted, as well as other demo constructions in the area. At May's Grand Designs Live this was the most popular area and October is set to be even better.
I will be there covering the theory of accumulator tanks and how they can form the heart of a heating and hot water system in a house, how to integrate solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass, conventional boilers into the one tank and then various good ways to provide your heating and domestic hot water for washing and bathing. By storing up heat in the water in times of high production you can then use it as and when it is needed. This can get you around various problems and help you to get the best out of a variety of heat sources.
This is aimed at those planning a new house or at those retrofitting existing houses.
Come along for a workshop (Friday & Saturday the workshop lasts 45 minutes and starts at 1pm), or for an informal chat / consultation throughout Friday & Saturday. If you have your house plans and some construction details then I will be able to perform whole house heat load calculations for you which will start to give you an idea of how much heat your house will need on a really cold night. Other members of the team will be able to help you to get that heat load down through various measures. Of course the most low impact thing you can do is to use less energy in the first place.
Grand Designs Live takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 7th - 9th October 2011.
For more information you can visit this page on the LILI site where you will be able to see the specialist partners who are joining LILI at the show and the topics which they will be covering.
Here is a link to the Grand Designs Live website