building better

Usually, making our homes more energy-efficient has to be done bit by bit.  We’re not often able to do a total refit. 
So when something has to be replaced or altered, we should seize the opportunity, and do it better.  Better than just today’s standards.  It makes sense, particularly when what we put in may be there for 20, or 50, years.

(For energy use and energy generation, see Energy section )

Association for Environment Conscious Building

(AECB) National member led organisation to promote greener building

Campaigning and educating in all aspects of greener building.

 

Offer a CarbonLiteRefit online course for those working in the retrofit sector.

http://carbonlite.aecb.net/lesson/0-1-about-carbonlite-retrofit-clr/?v=79cba1185463

PO Box 32,
Llandysul
0845 456 9773

Baart Harries Newall

have a speciality in low energy environmental design.

01743 361261

Build it international

An international development charity (based locally), working with local communities in Africa to build essential facilities in an environmentally friendly way - ie using rammed earth.  They are receiving tools from Tools for Self Reliance (recycling section)

01743 246317

Building Materials


Don’t tip these, they may be useful to builders, or reclamation yards such as Loosemores in Battlefield who sell and buy all types of recycled rubble and aggregate   T: 01743 443 156.
Battlefield HRC will recycle small quantities.
 

Centre for Alternative Technology

A pioneer in demonstrating greener building and living; lots of examples and education courses.

Well worth a visit, easy to get to by train.

Courses at CAT, either short weekend courses for a particular interest -
hands-on and theoretical
OR, to improve your career in the area of low-energy building
 

https://gse.cat.org.uk/index.php/postgraduate-courses?gclid=CjwKEAiArvTFBRCLq5-7-MSJ0jMSJABHBvp0zORREFn_c4xQm7RZDTyyzBSM-amuliCKfjZSSJQUGhoCwGnw_wcB

Machynlleth
01654 705 950

Claus Best, Carpenter and energy asessor

Carpenter with experience of internal wall insulation using environmentally friendly products (eg pavatherm).
Claus's home in Bayston Hill is also part of the Superhomes network http://www.superhomes.org.uk
Shrewsbury 871099

Claus is also an energy assessor and domestic Green Deal Advisor and a member of GDAM 

Dave Green Energy Services

Local, independent energy advice, assessments and training. Home energy visits, advice on the 'Feed in Tarriffs' and 'Renewable heat Incentive',  thermal imaging, energy performance certificates, and 'Green Deal' reports available. Dave is also an ESOS Lead assessor and Technical Director of Green Deal Advice Midlands, a co-operative consortium of energy advisors.

 

01743 360055

David Gomersall, Architect.

Practical, innovative, environmentally- sensitive and energy efficient designs.

11, Victoria St
Shrewsbury
01743 353729

Freiburg, Germany

This Sourh Western German city, of 220,000, has excellent and progressive policies on public transport, waste, lots of forms of sustainable energy, ecologically sound buildings, green spaces and lots more besides.    see: http://www.ecotippingpoints.org

Green Building Store

Supplies leading edge products for low energy buildings. Robust, practical solutions helping save energy and water including energy-efficient doors and windows, paints, insulation, etc.

W Yorks
01484 461705

Green Doors

Energy smart homes near you.  get practical, impartial advice.

Organised by Transition Town Shrewsbury. Note: Although this site has not been updated recently, the information given is very useful! (May 2017)

Green Shop

Natural paints, rainwater harvesting, (and a range of energy-saving devices).

Cheltenham Road
Bisley
Stroud
01452 770629

Green Wood Centre

Promotes traditional uses of timber, and runs workshops.

Also has a good drop-in cafe 

Coalbrookdale
01952 432769

Hippo tiles

100% recycled plastic tiles for stable floors and arena drainage

07989 159064

J3 Building Futures

Environmental design and urban ecology consultancy. Specialists in retrofit, refurbishment, and re-purposing. Energy Audits & Feasibility Studies.

64 Bishop Street
Shrewsbury
07769 696624

Keep Shropshire Warm

Run by Marches Energy Agency, sometimes has very good deals on loft and cavity insulation.

01743 277123

Kevothermal Ltd

A Brimfield, Shropshire based company that manufactures vacuum formed high tech insulation panels, especially useful where space is critical.

(Used to be know as Nanopore)

Brimfield
01584 711333

Loftzone

Neat solution for lofts so you can insulate well and still have storage, much better than alternatives found in big hardware stores
 

Natural Building Technologies

Sustainable building shell solutions.

The Hangar
Oakley
01844 338338

Nigel's Eco store

Stocks Double Sausage Draft excluders, great for internal doors,

 

-Nigel's Eco store has many other wonderful energy saving products

North Shropshire Reclamation

Lots of reclaimed items, mainly building.

Wackley Lodge Farm
Burlton
01939 270719

Passivhaus Trust

The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. Over 65,000 buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard worldwide.

The Trust aims to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health.

Pavatex, wood fibre insulation boards

Claus Best and James Smith have experience of fitting these.
 

Penycoed Insulation

installers of Warmcel cellulose fibre from recycled newspaper and suppliers of Proclima airtightness products.

Pen y Lan
Meifod
01938 500643

Peter Napier and Co

Chartered Building Surveyors who specialise in low energy building design and repair/reuse of historic buildings.

Pontesbury
01743 792789

Precious Earth

Natural and renewable building materials and interior design. In new location which includes organic fruit and veg.  eco@preciousearth.co.uk

The Old Garage
West St
Knighton, Powys
01547 528 080

Princes LHS

Princes LHS T/A Princes Solar Energy are an established business who have been trading since 2004.

They also offer other energy saving products such as Heat Pumps, Thermal Stores, Home Batteries etc.

 

http://princeslhs.ltd/

RW Hough

External wall insulation specialists based in Wrexham
01978 760544
 

Simmonds Mills Architects

Specialise in designing energy efficient buildings, to AECB/ Passivhaus standards.  Contemporary / contextual / new-build / energy efficient retrofit expertise.

Also have a Hereford office (see link for details).

14 Bishop St
Shrewsbury
07817 516857

Smile Plastics

Plastic sheets made from recycled material – CDs, bottles, even kids’ wellies

Mansion House
Ford
Shrewsbury
01743 850267

Thermablock Aerogel

Thin highly effective insulation but quite expensive, great for window reveals and dormer windows

 

Thermafleece

sheepswool insulation

Local agents: - Travis Perkins, Builders Merchants

Zero Carbon House

Balsall Heath, a truly inspiring retrofit plus extension, regularly open as part of the superhomes network, well worth the trip,

http://www.superhomes.org.uk/