Visit By Appointment

The following homes in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire have householders who are happy to arrange for you to either visit them by appointment, or to have a chat on the phone with them about what they've done to their homes. To get in touch with any of these homes please contact Caroline Harmon on:

Solid Wall Insulation & Rainwater Harvesting, Beeston

A detached Edwardian home in a conservation area, with some internally insulated solid walls. The owners have installed a number of both low and high tech measures, including both cheap and more expensive measures:

  • Solar panels
  • Double-glazing
  • Internal insulation of outside walls of some rooms and some floors
  • Loft insulation
  • Blackout blinds and self-closing hinges on some doors to keep heat in rooms
  • Rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets and for garden use

Straw Bale Extension & Self Installed Solar Thermal, Chesterfield









An 1890’s end terraced. Household bills have dropped by about 20% despite adding an extension.

  • A self-built oak framed straw bale extension
  • Solid wall insulation fitted internally
  • Solar thermal panels which the owners installed themselves
  • Triple glazed wood framed windows
  • Thermal boards and cork above the concrete floors
  • The house is heated by electricity and a wood burning stove

Several Renewables on a Stone Built House, nr Wirksworth

This traditional stone built house has been extensively extended and sustainably improved, aiming to be as near as possible to zero carbon. It was built in approximately 1760 with three extensions added in 1950s, 1970s and 2008.















  • Substantial high performance insulation on all walls, floors and roofs
  • Underfloor heating everywhere
  • Ground source heat pump, 12 to 15 kW (output) single phase.
  • New more efficient wood burning stoves
  • 4.4 kW peak photovoltaic panels on south facing roof
  • 5 kW wind turbine
  • Sunpipe to enclosed bathroom area 
  • High performance double glazing with thermally broken frames
  • Maximum recycling of materials

Timber Frame Bungalow with Recycled Materials, Hope Valley

This bungalow is a total rebuild on the foundations of a 1930’s asbestos clad, timber frame bungalow. The house was designed to be beautiful and comfortable to live in but also as compatible with sustainable living as the owners could make it. They wanted to reduce their impact on the planet while enhancing quality of life and biodiversity. Decisions about the build considered the local situation, thinking about issues such as enhancing local economy, reducing resource use, energy conservation and harvesting, use of non-polluting materials, and the value of wildlife and beauty.

  • Recycled and local timber
  • Recycled slates
  • Passive Solar design
  • Solar hot water and a wood burning stove
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Rainwater harvesting

To get in touch with any of these homes please contact Caroline Harmon on:

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