Chance to see the best eco buildings

RESIDENTS will get the opportunity to nose around four buildings with green credentials in Nayland, Hadleigh, Edwardstone and Hartest next week as part of a council eco initiative.

The homes – and a brewery – feature in a total of 15 homes and businesses officially designated the best green buildings in Suffolk, and will be open to the public from September 6 to 9.

A “zero carbon” house and office called Fosters, in Shimpling Road, Hartest, which is made of hemp and lime, has won a sustainability award.

Owner Ralph Carpenter said: “Opening up my home and office to the public is such a great way to show communities and individuals what really is possible in terms of creating inspiring, low-impact green buildings to live and work in.

“If you are thinking of renovating or building from scratch, I would recommend visiting some of these buildings to get ideas.”

Tours of his house are being organised for Friday and Saturday pre-booked at 10am and 11am.

A 1990s estate house at 47 Edwin Panks Road, Hadleigh, has been singled out because of its solar panels, and people are being encouraged to talk to the owner about what it is like having them. Opening times are Thursday, 10am to noon and 1pm to 4pm with no need to book.

Organisers say a Victorian cottage in Nayland, is an “outstanding” example of living a greener life in a period property.

The home, at 21 Stoke Road, has solar hot water panels, dry lining, an air extractor system, uses low energy lighting and has a locally-sourced wood burner.

Tours are on Sunday at 11am and 2pm and there is no need to book.

The Mill Green Brewery, in Mill Green, Edwardstone is owned by John Norton and is situated behind his pub, the White Horse Inn. The brewery’s objective is to have a minimal environmental impact on the building as well as the brewery’s production process.

It uses lamb wool insulation, hot water panels and has a biomass boiler. Tours are being run from Thursday through to Sunday pre-bookable at 11am.

Jonas Grist, environment strategy officer at Suffolk County Council, said: “This is an opportunity to see, for free, real examples of residential and commercial premises that aim to be more environmentally sustainable and cheaper to heat and light. We wanted to give people a chance to hear it first hand and get an honest account from the owner.”

q To book tours, go to www.greensuffolk.org