Category Archives: Solar PV

Now – Porter’s is a certified Passiv Haus!

Hurrah!  We’ve just received formal agreement that Porter’s meets the Passiv Haus – Passive House – standard. So now we’re passive house ID5042.  And the PH organisation across the country is holding Open Days, on Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November. … Continue reading

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Update for Summer 2015 – and the PV story

A few words to report what has been happening since the beginning of this year.  I suspect that visitors to the site are now as few and as intermittent as my posts on to it.  But the house is built … Continue reading

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Hot September

Not said a lot here for quite a while.  It has been an excellent summer in many ways.  With so much water in the ground after the long wet winter, things have grown very well – and there’s been quite … Continue reading

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It’s catching (on): as heard on BBC

Some recent excitement: at very short notice I was contacted by a producer – John Neal – of You and Yours from the BBC.  He’d heard from Touchwood Homes that they had a client who made money from his fuel … Continue reading

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Autumn (and Summer) 2013

July, you’ll remember, was very hot.  After a winter that went on and on, there was a very short spring and suddenly we were in summer.  The thermal store got up to 95°C and the solar thermal panels were about … Continue reading

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Week Thirty one to end October ’12

There were apologies here because I hadn’t kept this up to date.  So some progress now (end May 2013) at long last! Last autumn and winter we really got very busy indeed and keeping this up to date was a task … Continue reading

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Weeks Twenty-four to Twenty-eight

Got seriously behind with this – sorry.  So four weeks in one.  The plastering – and odd bits of plasterboarding/tacking – press steadily on.  This is taking very much longer than originally expected, largely because there’s only one person doing … Continue reading

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Weeks Fifteen and Sixteen

The week after Easter was only a short week, but seems to have continued very busy.  Tacking—putting up plasterboard—got underway.  The intention is to tack the downstairs ceilings first.  This will allow the Warmcel 500 to be blown into the … Continue reading

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Weeks Thirteen and Fourteen

 Got rather behind with this – not keeping it up to date – sorry.  Here goes: OK, things have got pretty hectic.  First was Alex and Andy the electricians arriving—as expected.  What I’d failed to do was ask what I … Continue reading

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