Low Energy House Open Day
Visitors to The Greig at Llidiartywaen enjoyed a long walk down the valley on a fine autumnal day on October 10, and were rewarded for the winding, steep descent by welcoming cups of tea and a most interesting guided tour of the low energy house.
The day, organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions, began with the afternoon viewing and
talk by owner Chris Wells of Llani Solar about the work he has done over the years - both to the main house, and on the more recent barn conversion along passive house lines. Visitors were able to look around and ask questions, and see how the clever use of PV panels, solar water heating, use of renewables and intensive insulation have contributed to the energy efficiency and low running costs of the two buildings.
After the uphill journey back to the parking lot three quarters of a mile away, the enthusiastic walkers were able to take advantage of the excellent fare on offer at the Llanidloes Dining Club in St Idloes church hall. This is a growing initiative that has evolved out of the Llanidloes Transition movement, and gets people cooking and eating together on a regular basis, at low cost and with high quality, locally sourced produce.
After dinner, John Williamson of JPW Construction gave an illustrated talk on Passive House Design, and explained how the company is dealing with the challenges of implementing these cutting edge projects, both from the planning and building perspectives. The talk was followed by lively questions and debate about the future of low energy building. There was much discussion about the need for standardisation of building regulations within the EU, and the desirability of education in local planning authorities for them to be able to properly assess plans for passive construction.