Open day at passive house barn retrofit
The pioneering passive house retrofit of a derelict farm building to create a visitor and education centre at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield, is nearing completion and will be open to the public on Sunday, 1 September 2013 from 11am to 3pm.
The design and build project, led by passive house firm Green Building Store, is transforming the draughty barn into the ultra efficient 'Cre8 Barn' centre. A super-insulated timber frame structure has been built inside the existing Victorian stone building, preserving the outward appearance of the barn, while aiming for the ultra low energy Enerphit standard, the Passive House Institute's retrofit standard.
The open day is free of charge and will allow visitors to explore the Cre8 Barn for themselves. Green Building Store staff will be on hand to explain the construction methods used at the barn, assisted by displays and factsheets on the project. Children's activities will also be available throughout the day exploring insulation and passive house principles in a "fun, hands-on way".
The Cre8 barn has been refurbished for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust using a grant of £300,000 awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund. The project is one of four Veolia Cre8 schemes across the UK. It will be an education centre for the many volunteers and visitors to the farm.
For more information and to register for free technical briefing on the Stirley Farm EnerPHit project, go to www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/enerphit.
More information about the project is available from Green Building Store director Bill Butcher's series of blog posts about it.