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Fairglen Eco Homes Video

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Fairglen Eco Community is a groundbreaking development in Cornwall.  This video produced by the Carbon Trust goes behind the scenes to talk to the developer and architect and shows the ethos behind the development.  Showcasing these beautiful homes it describes the techniques used that have enabled the houses to have approximately 70% less carbon emissions than a normal building regulation house.

See first hand how the heat pumps, rain water harvesting and solar panels help to keep the home at a constant temperature and supply hot water on a shoestring. The large windows give plenty of natural light and add to warmth and open plan style of the house.

One resident describes enjoying substantially reduced power bills - in the last year his total cost for heating,  power and cooking came to under £500.

Have a sneak preview of these award winning houses and feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Eco Homes by Percy Williams

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We strive to be at the forefront of green building. But what do we mean by ‘green building’?

We constructing energy efficient homes with

  • high insulation levels
  • photo voltaic (PV) cells
  • geothermal heating
  • All this dramatically reduces energy consumption.
  • A rainwater harvesting system helps to limit our impact on the environment and minimize our carbon footprint by using rainwater for flushing toilets and garden purposes
  • We source materials and labour as locally as possible.

At Percy Williams we are committed to promoting a sustainable future and take our environmental responsibilities really seriously.

We are taking a wholistic approach to green building, rather than just 'bolt on' extras. In addition, they are a shrewd investment, with rapidly escalating energy costs now a serious consideration.

Eco-homes at Fairglen, which are under construction in just two phases, have received praise from both national and local government and are pioneering what new development should be about. But what goes into developing a contemporary eco-home?

Percy Williams have worked with a large number of experts to incorporate the most advanced design and technology available. A development as far ahead of its time as Fairglen only works if you use experienced suppliers and carefully chosen materials.

On this project we have been delighted to work with the following selected companies and organizations:

 

Architects - Lilly Lewarne Partnership

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No building development of any kind gets far without a good Architect.  A place as far ahead of its time as Fairglen needs an exceptional one.

Percy Williams first worked with some of the principles of Lilley Lewarne Architects (Truro) as far back as the late sixties, when we first undertook a development with John Crowther and Associats.

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Solar Voltaic Panels - Plug Into The Sun!

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As a natural part of the energy efficient design of the Fairglen Eco-homes we have incorporated solar voltaic panels into every dwelling.

As you would expect these are required by the Low Carbon buildings trust, and of course it makes perfect sense to harness Cornwall's sunnier-than-average weather conditions to create green energy for your home.

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Eco Heat Pumps

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Eco heat pumps are another important feature of a low energy building, and the units we have selected are the best available.

Eco Heat Pumps are supplied by Swedish company Danfoss through local company Source Energy, and provides heat from the ground, via an 80-100 meter deep borehole under each property.

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Rainwater Harvesting - Aquaprof

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One of the many techniques used to make the Fairglen development as sustainable as possible is the use of Rainwater Harvesting in all of its properties.

 

The "Aquaprof" Rainwater Harvesting system in place has been developed and supplied by DAB, and provides a supply of filtered rainwater to the toilets, washing machines, and outside taps of each property.

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Loft insulation by Rockwool

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You don't see it but it is vitally important - the Insulation going into these homes has to be second-to none.  We all understand the principle - if you don't loose the heat from your home then it costs much less in heating energy to have to replace it.

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