For the last few months I’ve been working on a project to refurbish 6 terrace properties in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. We won the project after a competitive bid last summer and today sees the launch of the public web site charting the progress of the work. As you might expect, I’ll be recording the project on the eocterrace web site using a number of blogging techniques such as a written diary, a phonecam blog, flickr images and links.



The goal is to substantially increase the environmental performance of the properties and help take part in the progress of the national debate about the importance of improving the quality of the country’s existing housing stock.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project will be the post-occupancy monitoring work we will be completing in collaboration with the guys from Hockerton Housing Projects. In a couple of years time we will hopefully have something valuable to say about the actual results of some of the design techniques and products, as well as an understanding of what it’s like to live in a property like this.

I’ll be covering it in more detail here soon, but if you tune into Radio Stoke this morning at 11:20 GMT (it’s available over the web) you’ll hear my colleague Mike Menzies give a brief interview about the project out on site.

(thanks to Adam Freetly from ArchGFX for his help on the WordPress tweaking and Mat Brown from for input on the phonecam RSS… now I just have to create some content!)

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  1. Rob,
    Excellent work. A few things to love about this project is that its addressing the existing building stock, its easy to ecobuild a new design but perhaps more important in countries like the UK to work out how to upgrade the existing stock. Typical terrace back yard modification, is nice, and its all being blogged which means that the actual project as it develops can become a great info source and a benchmark for others.

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