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360° tour - Ecohome
This Victorian villa in West Bridgford, Nottingham has been refurbished in a low energy and ecological way. It is the architect's family home, a showcase of green features and an example of best practice. Features include super-insulation solutions, rainwater recovery, low flush loos and foul waste composting, solar hot water and wood burning boiler and a variety of natural / non toxic finishes. Take a 360° tour of Penney and Gil's home and learn how they transformed it from a typical semi to one of the country's most eco-friendly urban residences... Click on the image below to start your tour of the house:
1 Flat-plate solar collectors for heating water 2 Roof insulation 300/400mm thick, made of shredded surplus newspapers 3 Roof lights with insulating (low emmissivity) glass 4 Natural plasters - clay and lime based 5 Super-insulated hot water tank 6 100mm ozone friendly drylining to front face to maintain exterior brick appearance 7 150mm exterior wall insulation with rendered finish 8 Space saving bath and thermostatic shower controls can save water 9 Heat recovering fans limit ventilation heat loss 10 Environmetally friendly paints 11 Draught lobby in porch 12 Triple- and double-glazed timber windows treated with natural fungicides and stains 13 Energy efficient appliances 14 Second hand, natural and reclaimed furniture 15 Stripped floorboards 16 Copper rainwater goods with filter for rain harvesting 17 160mm natural floor insulation 18 Rainwater storage for use in WCs, washing machine and outside tap 19 Low-flush WCs 20 Non PVC waste pipes 21 Composting chamber for solid waste from WCs 22 Separator lets liquids drain off and solids into composting chamber 23 Decking from English green Oak provides longevity without toxic pressure treatment 24 Organic land management utilising the principles of permaculture. Growing our own food saves on packaging and transport.

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