40% drop in CO2
Cotteridge Quakers have eco-furbished an all-electric meeting room with three and a half external walls, and a floor to ceiling window, to an energy efficient spec. Some of the hard work was tracking down the right suppliers.
- Lights: Megaman spotlights used to reduce 3.4kW to 1.02 kW – with the addition of wall lights bright enough for fine craft work.
- Argon filled double glazing fitted to existing wooden frames (Bartley Glass stockists)
- Dry lining of solid walls with foam insulation (Minster stockists).
- Air source heat pump fitted to outside wall: uses 1kW to generate 2.5 kW, extracting warmth from cold air and bringing it indoors. It raises the temperature in half an hour.
- Monitoring. Reading the meters frequently and plotting the results has been an important motivation to keep going and encourage people to do the obvious: switch things off when not in use. They have available a tailor made version of the DEFRA environment survey, which allows churches to compare themselves with national statistics.
- Some corrections on your very full report on the Cotteridge improvements:
Lights: Megaman spotlights used to reduce 3.4kW to 1.02 kW – bright enough for fine craft work.
If you’d like to see the building , there will be a tour on Friday 14th March 2008 – contact in advance. Future plans: to carry on insulating the roof, and the rest of the building to achieve an 80% CO2 reduction, and eventually to generate solar electricity.
They have a cheap and cheerful alternative to cycle stands: a heavy duty chain bolted to the wall for cyclists to lock their bikes to.
More details, and photos: www.cotteridge.quaker.eu.org Address: 23a Watford Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham B30 1JB
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