Pioneering low-energy farmhouse open day
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
A GROUND-BREAKING environmentally-friendly farmhouse in Whitfield is opening its doors to the public next month.
Steel Farm is one of the first Passivhaus homes to be built in this country – an ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for heating or cooling.
It is also happens to be the first Passivhaus in the North-East to be built out of stone rather than wood, attracting the attention of the Constructing Excellence North-East (CENE) awards in three categories.
On November 8 and 9, owners Trevor and Judith Gospel have agreed to open up their home – which is part of their 180-acre organic farm in the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – to the public.
The Passivhaus open days will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the ultra-low energy building and see its comforts first hand.
Steel Farm will be open between 10am and 4pm on both days.
For information, and to book, contact Steel Farm’s architect Mark Siddall, of LEAP: Low Energy Architectural Practice, on 07795 031 700, or email email@example.com
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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