Building, Housing & Energy
We all know that the building and servicing of housing (and workplaces) uses significant amounts of petrochemicals, energy and other finite and carbon emitting resources. Our aim is to find out how to reduce consumption and build more sustainably for the future. At the moment we have subgroups and projects interested in engaging with the local authority around local development plans, improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock, how to make existing and new build homes more sustainable, and the exciting Transition Homes development at Clay Park in Dartington.
Please explore the subpages to find out more about Transition Homes CLT, making your home more energy efficient, projects including Keeping Totnes Warm, our partnership with Good Energy, Totnes Open Eco-Homes, the Transition Streets programme, and more!
View talks online from the 2015 Future Homes conference at Dartington, featuring Transition Homes' Chris Bird, the Land Society's Erica Lewis, TTT's Frances Northrop, Transition Network's Rob Hopkins, and many other inspiring speakers.
Building, Housing & Energy group (BHEG) meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm, at the TTT office. The meeting is open to everyone, and each month we have an invited speaker.
We discuss a range of things, from updates on local projects such as Atmos, feedback from projects including Transition Homes, key planning applications, Dartington & Totnes Neighbourhood Plan initiatives, recent developments in policy, and relevant events.
Previous speakers include:
Rooh Star, of the Love Barn cider barrel house, on low impact living
Thea Platt, Totnes Neighbourhood Plan coordinator
Duncan Passmore, local natural builder
Nicola Lang & Chris Hawker, on straw bale building projects in the UK & Ireland
Gordon Clarke, on the nomadic architecture of Africa and Siberia
Julie Boultby, APSE architects, on the restoration of her medieval Dartmoor house and growing your own thatch
Adrian Porter of the ReStore, social enterprise at the Shops at Dartington focussed on repairing, restoring, and upcycling
Erica Lewis of the Land Society
Fraser Durham of Argand Solutions on innovative solutions for monitoring energy use in buildings
Nicola Lang on the Tiny House movement
Caroline Aitken of Patrick Whitefield Associates on permaculture and it's application to building
Current group facilitator: Erica Lewis and Mary Popham. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org