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Wonderful weeks of wind in wet west Wales!

A bit late I know, but better late than never I guess?? A couple of weeks ago I was back at CAT For the second week of the wind power module. This covers large scale commercial wind development, rather than … Continue reading

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PassivHaus – new Euro dance genre or low-energy building standard?

Bit tardy with this blog but better late than never! October’s module at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was the Buildings-related part of the course. Having worked in building renovation for the last few years this subject was right … Continue reading

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Renewing my education

It’s back to school for me this September! After a mere 13 yr break I am returning to studying and will be heading to the Centre for Alternative Technology to join their Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course. In … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Biomass

An Introduction to Biomass. Excellent summary of Biomass technology by Freya, from the Centre for Alternative Technology In Wales

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Trafford Mill – keeping out the cold (and pigeons!)

I had an interesting meeting today along with Tim Hulse from EcoVert Solutions at Trafford Mill in Chester. It was used for milling grain until 1952 and the site has been used for this purpose since 1302. It has two water wheels, one a double … Continue reading

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Long time no blog!

It’s been several months since I last blogged, the main reason being that I have been busy working with EcoVert Solutions, a sustainable building company that I mentioned in an earlier post (https://renewingmycareer.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/ecovert-solutions-sustainable-and-sympathetic-developments/). So, here is a summary of what … Continue reading

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Are we nearly there yet?…

The answer is yes! Over the last two weeks I have been on a quest to complete the energy reviews of the National Trust’s Welsh holiday cottages, looking at things like loft insulation, doors, windows, heating systems and general property … Continue reading

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Famous for 15 minutes (in Wales)

Following on from an interview I did a few months back at NT North Wales HQ, here is the printed version, extracted from the Welsh National Trust members newsletter. Not my smartest outfit ever!    

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Holiday Cottages – Volunteer energy efficiency work continues

Originally posted on National Trust Going Green:
Thought it would be good to offer an update on the Environmental review work our volunteer Tom Eagle has been carrying out across National Trust holiday cottages following our earlier blog – “Become a National…

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Elan Valley Hydro – Victorian engineering at it’s finest

Last weekend I had a short break in the Radnor area of Wales – a part of the country that I’ve only ever passed through before. I was a bit skeptical about what there could be to do there but I was … Continue reading

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