Future Proofing the  West Wittering Beach House (Going beyond the Regulations)

Guest Blog by Bob Harris

There are two imminent regulations designed for the commercial rented and business sector.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) linked to a rented commercial buildings EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) and  regulation P272 requiring businesses to have electricity usage settled on a half-hourly basis.

So what’s the big issue?

Commercial rented buildings with an EPC of F or G will be banned from the commercial rental market from 2018 and businesses may need to change their meters.

The aim is to create an entirely new ‘smart energy’ market.

I believe there is a good chance that regulations like this are likely to also come to the private sector.

At the West Wittering Beach House we are future proofing our development by installing Economy 7- 10 electricity meters (these meters can be changed to half-hourly meters at a later date) linked to 7Kwh’s of battery storage.

So what’s brilliant about this?

Well we can run the West Wittering Beach House and an electric car on almost half price electricity – 24hrs – 7 days a week – 365  days a year.

Where can you buy petrol for half price?

For more information:

Leigh Bowen – Architect of the ‘West Wittering Beach House’ and Bob Harris will be presenting at the Voltimum Smart Tech Live conference 27th May central London. see: http://www.voltimum.co.uk/articles/major-industry-event-smart-tech-live-set-may

The key note speaker is Jerry Hamilton of Tesla UK who will describe his vision of the future and how energy storage will be pivotal to the radical changes in the next few years.

West Wittering Beach House at Smart Tech Live 2016

We are excited to be guest speakers at Smart Tech Live 2016. We will be talking about the LED lighting to be used throughout the West Wittering Beach House project. The event takes place on Friday 27th May at The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London.


OSRAM bring us a case study of the latest technologies that are being used to create a super, energy efficient property – known as Low Impact Housing.

Presented by Bob Harris and Leigh Bowen, the talk will cover the five reasons why LEDs are used, thermal mass and how it works, special heating systems, and creating a healthy environment.
Sponsored by OSRAM


Bungalow – from the Hindi ‘bangla’

An Indian tea plantation bungalow in the southern state of Kerala

 Interesting BBC Magazine article today about why Britain has stopped building bungalows.

Here’s an extract…

Bungalow, from the Hindi word “bangla”, meaning “belonging to Bengal”, was used to described detached cottages built for early European settlers in India. They gained an association with a healthy outdoor lifestyle among the Raj, many of whom returned to the UK, extolling their charms.The first development including houses sold as “bungalows” in the UK opened in Westgate, on the north coast of Kent, in 1869. The following year, a bigger project started at nearby Birchington. These were sold as getaways for wealthy Londoners.

The full article is here.

The journey so far…

We’ve spent the winter months with our heads down, beavering away at the drawing board and researching the technologies and materials we’d like to use. On the practical side, every detail has been considered from where’s best to wash sandy feet to how to incorporate the children’s brief for a secret Narnia style hideaway. The architectural plans are now complete, we have walked the site with our builder and work has started.