NEAT tour - Hockerton

The second site visit in Rob's study tour was to the Hockerton Housing Project.

Hockerton is a self sufficient co-housing project designed by Robert and Brenda Vale, architects and authors of The Autonomous House. Situated in Nottinghamshire, the five earth-sheltered homes are built with high levels of thermal mass and insulation, generate their own energy through solar and wind turbines, and harvest and recycle their water onsite.

Constructed in 1995, the project was well ahead of its time and remains an exemplar of sustainable community focused living. The owners continue to adapt the project as new technologies become available, such as the installation of plug-in charge points for their electric cars.

Many thanks to Rob Cartwright, owner of house no. 2, for taking us on the tour of this inspirational project.

 Hockerton Housing Project, overlooking the water treatment pond.

Hockerton Housing Project, overlooking the water treatment pond.

 Solar panels run along the building at the junction between the earth covered roof and glazed conservatory. Wind turbines in the distance.

Solar panels run along the building at the junction between the earth covered roof and glazed conservatory. Wind turbines in the distance.

 A manually vented glass conservatory runs along the front of the building, with heat from this then transferred into the earth shelter.

A manually vented glass conservatory runs along the front of the building, with heat from this then transferred into the earth shelter.