Heritage Consultants and Heritage Declares signatory Avalon Planning & Heritage worked alongside eco-retrofit specialists David Basak Architecture to help the Triratna Buddhist Order restore and convert the Alfoxton Park estate for use as a new retreat centre for Buddhism and meditation retreats. The estate is particular literary and cultural significance because Dorothy and William Wordsworth rented the property between 1797 and 1798 in order to stay near their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Extensive restoration was needed after a decade of vacancy, but has provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for energy upgrades. Defective render was replaced with thermally improved external wall insulation, roof insulation improved, and a mixture of double and secondary glazing systems installed to tighten the thermal envelope. Lower heat loads can now be met with air-source heat pumps, resulting in an estimated 68% reduction in carbon emissions compared with existing performance. The interventions also deliver a more affordable and comfortable building for the Trust.
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