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05 January 2007

Sustainability in our Meetings - preview

Witness for sustainability in Britain Yearly Meeting

Shrinking the footprint in Cotteridge
Cotteridge Meeting has a problem: a 1960s all-electric Meeting house with a rising electricity bill, energy guzzling lights, some single glazing and solid walls


  • We have now double-glazed most of the windows and installed (at a cost of £13,000) an air-source heat pump which converts 3kW of electricity into 9kW of heating
  • Within the next month we will replace our eighteen 150W spotlights with low energy 20W spotlights, adding wall lights to compensate for their slightly lower output (c
  • £400)
  • We also are about to dry-line our solid walls with 65mm thermal boards, saving at least fifteen per cent more energy (c
  • £1,500 plus donated labour)
  • Over the next few years we hope to extend these improvements to the rest of the building
  • Finally, when our felt roof needs replacing, we will sandwich a thick insulation layer between the old and the new roofs
  • It would be pleasing at that time to cover some of our south-facing roofs with photovoltaic solar panels generating at least some of the electricity needed to power the heat pumps!

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