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Low Carbon Cottages has a study group

Low Carbon CottagesThe Low Carbon Cottages project has been beavering away and have now finalised the study group for the project, we have ten cottages in total to be part of the project with 5 cottages to be retrofitted. We are very thankful for all the interest and cottages that came forward. We are super happy to announce the following cottages as working with us on the Low Carbon Cottages project;  

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The National Trust cottages in Little Langdale 

Hollow Stones in Holmrook, Eskdale 

The Field Studies Council’s cottages in Blencathra, Threlkeld 

Matson Ground's cottages in Patterdale and Glenridding 

Church Court Cottages in Gamblesby

We are very grateful for these individuals and companies for offering up their cottages as guinea pigs but it also shows their willingness for innovation, commitment to tackling climate change and support for the industry as a whole.

The study group has been selected to be representative of the current stock of traditional holiday cottages within Cumbria and the Lake District. They offer a range of sizes, ages, listed and non-listed buildings, using various local stones and techniques. They also offer a range of different heating systems and all the owners are interested in different ideas within retrofitting from biomass to draught proofing, from insulation to glazing.

See the Low Carbon Cottage Brochure here to learn alll about the project; PDF

The next steps in the project are very exciting, we will be installing various monitoring equipment to measure the amount of electricity being used and the differences between the internal and external temperature and humidity. Huge thanks to Carnego Systems Ltd, who have provided a great set of systems to suit each cottages’ specific criteria.  Which in combination with diaries and activity logs will allow us to understand guest habits and build areas in which carbon emissions can be reduced.

We will be assessing the properties in various other ways including carbon footprinting, commissioning an Energy Performance Certificate, using tests such as airtightness testing and thermal imaging to create a baseline. This baseline will allow us to compare how effective the retrofit actually is, and show measured examples of carbon and cost savings.

We have had a great response from all industries, with suppliers and contractors who are keen to learn about responsible retrofit and be part of the list of local companies that can help other cottages to learn from the case studies we will produce from our study group. If you are a local company that would like to be part of this list of suppliers and contractors please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , we are looking for all ranges of companies and individuals, from plumbers, builders, renewables, energy efficiency products, Green Deal (assessors, installers, providers etc.) etc. 



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