Eco Workshops

Eco Workshops for Free


Eco Workshops freeThe National self build and renovation center in Swindon will be holding free Eco workshops on Saturday 16th August covering Sustainable Heat & Energy and on Saturday 29th November covering Retrofit Eco Solutions.

David Hilton the NSBRC resident Eco expert will be accompanied by other industry experts to give help and advise on Eco solutions and ideas.
There will be a program of seminars and discussions from leading Eco experts throughout the day.
Workshops will start at 10.00 and finish at 17:30 each day.

The Sustainable Heat & Energy Eco Workshop.

I would say one of the most important subjects to reduce waste and emissions., generating heat and power in a green way is a must if we are going to make any positive impact at all whist we are on this planet.

It will also cover the role that the self builder plays in the construction process,  addressing the relative merits and drawbacks of each route. You will find out how to package all these things together to make sure that you end up with the home that delivers according to your original design brief, budget and future living expectations.
The Retrofit Eco Solutions Eco Workshop.

Will cover what practical measures can be taken with existing buildings to make them more sustainable and energy efficient.

What difference can you make by altering your existing home, This is a huge challenge for us all, to make sure that we can improve older homes to get them up to the standards of a newly build home or at least improve where is practically possible.
To Book your free tickets follow the below links:

Sustainable Heat & Energy  16th August 2014 Tickets Here!
Retrofit 29th Nov 2014 Tickets Here!

Children go for free.

So why not make your green dream a reality and start to get together some useful information here at one of these Eco Workshops.

Getting a Green Deal Assessment

Green Deal Assessment


AGreen Deal £7600 cash back eco home Green Deal Assessment is made of two parts an  Occupancy Assessment, which assesses how you use energy in your home and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), your home’s energy efficiency on an A to G rating scale.

An Energy Performance Certificate already required when properties are sold or rented out.

EPC = is a basic assessment of the property and its construction, so it does not take account of your actual usage or energy bills.

Occupancy Assessment = About you and will assess your own energy use.

How much is a Green Deal Assessment?

British Gas are currently offering Green deal assessments for £129.00 you can see that here Green Deal

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund that started in early June 2014, you can now be refunded up to £100 for your Green Deal Assessment. This is as long as you install one of the recommended measures on your Green Deal Assessment report.

It is the EPC that is used to decide the amount of Green Deal money you can borrow. This means there is a risk  particularly for low energy users  that the EPC could overstate how much energy you could save, meaning that your repayments might be higher than your savings. An assessor needs to get a written acknowledgement from you showing that you are aware of this risk.

Green Deal Approval BadgeSo why not start the process and see how much you can help the planet and save money doing so.

It is important that you use companies that have signed up for the scheme, so check for the approval badge and the registration number.

Want to find out more?


There is a Green Deal advice line run by the Energy Saving Advice Service the number is 0300 123 1234. This also provides advice on other energy efficiency options.
In Scotland call the Energy Saving Scotland advice centers on 0800 512 012.

Part G Regulations delayed.

What a waste of energy

The government yet again wastes time money and energy in a disorganised fashion, the amendment to the 2000 building regulations that were due to be in force on the 1st October 2009 have now been delayed. Apparently an EU member is kicking up a fuss with the new regulations being a barrier to trade, whilst we all sit and wait for the red tape to be cleared the planet suffers, we spend our valuable human resources working on this as a new development, companies in the UK invest in getting ready for the October 1st deadline training staff, printing information, testing products we can go on and on about wasted resources.

Who is responsible well I am not going to waste any more energy finding out :)

Venturi | Water Saving Shower Handset


The Venturi shower handset from is a stylish solution and very reasonably priced at only £11.00 it will save money as well as water and the energy that will be used to heat the water up whilst not compromising on performance.

It also includes and invaluable water saving feature. using either 6 or 8 litres per minute compared to the conventional flow of 25 to 30 litres per minute this shower handset saves up to 90 litres of water for the average 5 minute shower.

The Venturi shower handset is a chrome finish and is suitable for both high and low pressure systems, we recommend a minimum pressure of 0.2bar.