Greening-the-Box (GTB) is an initiative being delivered by Wherry Housing Association in partnership with Broadland District Council and SEArch (Sustainable Ecological Architecture Limited) for the adaptation of an existing building, 21 The Street, Ringland to standards fit for the low carbon society.
"Greening the Box" was an initiative adopted by Wherry Housing Association for the environmentally responsible adaptation of existing dwellings to low carbon standards. The family that lived next door moved into the home so that they can compare the experience of living in GTB to their previous home.
As with many rural housing providers, Wherry has a number of homes that are not covered by the gas network and therefore residents are more likely to rely on more expensive electric or oil heating options which can exacerbate fuel poverty.
Wherry employed a low-tech, practical ‘whole house’ approach, incorporating ‘Zero Heating’ – a natural regime that relies on solar heating and human occupation.
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Greening the Box is a low-technology approach to building adaptation,
with an agenda to reduce energy and carbon emissions.
A natural heating regime, relying on solar gains and human occupation with supplementary backup heating (no mechanical heating boiler, radiators, gas, oil)
A three year monitoring programme will cover LCA (Life Cycle Analysis), Thermal Performance, Energy Consumption and comparative studies against a conventional house.
2. 800Wp monochrystaline panels possibly to be installed later in the year subject to funding availability
3. 1000 Litre capacity
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