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Visiting Eco Homes in Frome

At the weekend, it was Frome Open Homes, where you could see what other people were doing to minimise their environmental impact. From new builds to retrofitting; insulation to food growing; it was a diverse mix.

The places I visited included an old house where the double glazed conservatory was retrofitted to become quadruple glazed and a swanky barn conversion which used the River Frome to provide hydropower to put into the grid – enough for more than 130 homes.

glazing-quadrupleglazing-quadruple2solarIf we end up back in New Zealand at some point, I’d love to use some of these techniques to secondary glaze a lot of the windows in the house. But I don’t think we’d ever do anything on the scale of Tellisford Mill!

The River Frome going towards the mill

The River Frome going towards the mill

The old mill house

The old mill house

The barn conversion that houses the turbine

The barn conversion that houses the turbine

the owner stands above the turbine

the owner stands above the turbine

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Biochar Rejected Cartoon

I had to explain biochar to my editor, so this rough is a reject

Which is more eco-friendly, cremation or burial?

Oscar explains the most eco-friendly way to be disposed of

I’ll leave it to CSIRO to define biochar:

Biochar is a stable form of charcoal produced from heating natural organic materials (crop and other waste, woodchips, manure) in a high temperature, low oxygen process known as pyrolysis. Due to its molecular structure, biochar is chemically and biologically in a more stable form than the original carbon form it comes from, making it more difficult to break down. This means that in some cases it can remain stable in soil for hundreds to thousands of years.

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