An Environmentally Friendly Building
Little Marshfoot was designed as an Eco-Building to offer a very high standard of comfort and convenience. Awarded Gold status from the prestigious Green Tourism Business Scheme Awarded Four Stars by the Visit England Quality in Tourism Assessment Scheme.
Environmental principles underpinned the concept from the start:
- Constructed of wood sourced from certified sustainable woodland within the UK
- Faces south-east in order to capture morning light and warmth
- The expansive double glazing captures and retains ‘passive solar heat’
- Natural ventilation is provided by wide opening doors and windows
- Thickly insulated with Warmcell, which is made up of treated, recycled telephone directories and newspapers.
The building stands on small ‘stilts’ to enable the circulation of air, and prevent cold striking up from the ground in the winter. The stilts stand on individual concrete piles, rather than the raft of concrete that most buildings are constructed upon. This reduced the amount of concrete used, and therefore less damage to the environment was caused in the mining and transport of materials.
The wooden building has a good ‘cradle to grave’ lifecycle. The building is designed to use to heat the building.
A Combi-Boiler for heating and water only heats up water as required rather than storing in a cylinder. The boiler was the most environmentally appropriate at the date of installation, although it is accepted that boiler technology has moved on considerably since 2000. ‘Cradle to grave’ life cycle analysis confirms that there is no point in replacing the boiler until it needs to be – it is used so minimally that its impact on the environment is still negligible.
The building of Little Marshfoot resulted in the ‘recovery’ of a waste area of the garden. The gardens are planted with native plants, and are designed to attract a range of birds, bees, butterflies, moths and wild mammals. Organic principles underpin gardening methods wherever possible.