Gallery: The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREE...

The office block conversion proved particularly successful, winning the REGEN South West Renewable Energy Award for Best Housing Scheme in 2009. On the north side of the building the developers reduced the size of the windows and fitted double glazing to reduce heat loss. The building was completely re-insulated, and two wood pellet boilers were employed as well as solar thermal panels to provide the whole building with hot water and heating. A 2.5 kw photovoltaic array provides all the electricity required. The office block now comprises 6 individual flats, a community centre and office space which are  all jointly owned under a commonhold agreement by the community group and the occupants.

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