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


Osram LED lights forever!

Today is a great day for us, we’re going live with our partnership with Osram & Voltimum. We’re excited that the West Wittering Beach House lighting installation will use OSRAM LED light sources throughout – chosen for their long life, good light, energy saving, and all the other benefits that LEDs confer. LED lighting is to be employed for general, mood and task lighting.

We will also be using OSRAM’s innovative connected lighting system, Lightify. We chose this primarily for its colour and brightness changing mood effects and we’ll be using it for specific applications, such as mood and task lighting.