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Green Doors at 7 Berkeley Road – a few key points

Here’s a few specific details which seemed to be most interesting to our visitors:

  • If you have Solar Thermal (ie. solar hot water) then you should qualify for the government Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments when the scheme starts (it’s due to be later this year). However, Good Energy already have such a scheme (HotROCs) for their dual-fuel customers. Good Energy supply 100% renewable electricity (most energy companies supply it to only a few customers, and they’re obliged to do this anyway). You can earn £25 for Bristol Green doors if you switch your energy supplier to Good Energy, details here.
  • The 3w 220 lumen LED GU10 downlighter that many visitors saw in our downstairs loo was bought online from LEDBrite via Amazon here (I paid £4.42, the price is now £6.90 but it lasts 50,000 hours and uses 3w compared to 50w for the halogen bulb which gave very similar brightness and warmth of light – this will still pay for itself many times over). LEDBrite last lots of other bulbs and there’s *loads* of other online suppliers, check eBay for fixed-price buy-it-now offerings.
    LED bulbs vary, it’s worth seeing how a bulb looks before buying lots of them. A good local supplier that I’ve been using for years with a wide range of LED bulbs is Ablectrics on Gloucester Road.
  • If you’ve got more questions, read my detailed posting or get in touch

Green Doors 2012

This is the Green Doors Reference for our house in the Green Doors 2012 event.
This Green Doors Signage document contains all of the signage we put up for Bristol Green Doors 2012 at 7 Berkeley Road, including many web links.
If you have any questions then please contact us via this web site.
Thanks for visiting us. We hope you have been inspired, educated or at least interested!
Gavin and Carrie

Our house renovation – summary

We bought our house in 2007. The location (very close to Gloucester Road) and the large garden were more of an attraction than the house itself. Our three-bed semi was built in the 1970s to replace an 1890s house of a similar size and shape; why the latter was demolished we don’t know. There were no period features, the house was grey and pebble-dashed, with a valley roof which was showing signs of leakage. Internally it was fairly basic and the house had been poorly maintained. We bought it knowing that it would need some fairly major repairs and refurbishment.

It took some while to decide what to do with the house, get plans and planning permission and find a builder. Our builders, Bespoke Building Contractors, started work in January 2011 on what should have been a two or three month project to complete the structural and external work. This would  leave us with a new roof and some extra rooms under it, external wall insulation, a rear extension on the first floor (over an existing ground floor extension) and some internal changes. Bespoke were a disaster, they over-ran massively, made lots of mistakes which they had to correct (or at least should have done) and they failed to complete the job. We were left with the building inspector rejecting a number of items, a leaking roof and an court case to get back some of the money that we’d paid them. In January 2012 we moved on and started to project manage new builders to complete the work.The work that was planned gave us an ideal opportunity to add lots of energy-saving features to the house, from solar panels to heat-recovery ventilation and of course masses of insulation.

In March 2012 we’re taking part in Bristol Green Doors, so show the work-in-progress to other people.

We haven’t got a deadline for completion – we’re trying to balance the effort and disruption of finishing the house off with the rest of our lives so we don’t know when it will be finished (if any house is ever finished!)