Building, Homes & Energy

Renewable energy suppliers and clean energy installers plus builders who specialise in green building and organisations interested in sustainable housing.

Cornwall Council: Empty Properties

Cornwall Council recognises that long-term empty residential property is a wasted resource that can and should be used to assist in meeting the high levels of identified housing need in the county, particularly for those on low incomes. Empty properties can be reported and the Agency collates the information. The Council can offer advice on a variety of matters and where applicable, signpost empty property owners to other agencies.

Contact Details
Phone: 
03001 234 161
Postal Address: 

Cornwall Council Housing Services
Council Offices, Camborne Dolcoath Avenue
Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8SX

Trenoweth Roofing and Reclamation Services

Trenoweth Roofing and Reclamation Services is a small family business which is based just outside Penzance. In addition to offering various roofing services Trenoweth Reclamation sources various reclaimed roofing materials as well as other special items such as chimney pots, clay finials and cast iron sky lights.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 368 292
Postal Address: 

Ludgvan Leaze
Crowlas
Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8AA

Switch2Sun

Switch2Sun is owned by Davey & Gilbert Ltd - an established firm of Penzance electrical engineers with the experience, knowledge and expertise. They specialise in home installations of solar photovoltaic panels, a technology that harnesses the sun’s energy and converts it into electricity and income while cutting energy bills. Their installations benefit from a full after-sale service and extensive warranty. They take pride in their installations and will always be on hand to remedy any issues.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 331 133
Postal Address: 

Unit 8a
Long Rock Industrial Estate
Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8HX

Optimal Construction

Optimal Construction has been operating since 1997. They provide general contracting and design and build services to private clients, architects and the public sector. As a Community Interest Company they now specialise in environmentally beneficial buildings using sustainable materials and methods of fabrication. They also build and advise on sustainable practices for buildings and recreation areas used by the community for the advancement of education. They have a wealth of traditional skills garnered over the last 30 years and are happy to share them before they are forgotten. As general contractors, Optimal is responsible for planning and scheduling the manpower, equipment, materials and subcontractors required for the timely completion of a construction project. They retain a Consulting Engineers practice for use on design and build projects. They also have an in house Architectural Technician. Optimal have made a level one pledge to Future Foundations, the Charter for Sustainable Construction in the South West.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01209 831 718
Email: 
optco@aol.com
Postal Address: 

Keepers Cottage, Clowance Estate
Praze an Beeble
Camborne, Cornwall TR14 0NQ

Source Energy

Source Energy have been designing and installing ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps in the south west for around a decade. Their installation teams have many years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry and they have successfully installed over 250 ground source heat pump and air source heat pump systems across the Cornwall, Devon and Somerset area.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01872 300 201
Postal Address: 

1c Grampound Road Industrial Estate
Grampound Road
Truro, Cornwall TR2 4TB

Independent Energy

Independent Energy was launched in 2003. They are a small company with a wealth of expertise and experience, operating mainly in Cornwall with very limited overheads. They are not tied to any particular product manufacturer and can give honest and independent advice about all available products. Their aim is to provide a personal and professional service. Matthew Trewhella - one of the directors is also helping train the next generation of renewable energy experts through one-day courses at the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trustand the Renewable Energy degree course at Falmouth.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 740 955
Postal Address: 

Trenowin Farm
Ludgvan
Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8BL

Cornish Lime Company

The Cornish Lime Company is the region's leading building conservation merchant. They manufacture lime putty made from limestone sourced from Derbyshire, France and Portugal and use this putty to make their lime mortars, renders and plasters. They also sell natural hydraulic lime and associated products along with Prompt Roman Cement which is fast setting and totally natural. They also supply a wide range of breathable paints for both interiors and exteriors including mineral paints, lime washes and lime paints and also natural paints. These paints are suitable for period and new homes. Cornish Lime stock possibly the largest selection of coloured sands and decorative chippings in the South West which can be shipped in either tonne or 25kg bags. Cornish Lime offer a holistic approach to all requirements and recognises that "one size doesn't fit all". The phone number is 01208 79779.

Contact Details
Postal Address: 

Brims Park
Old Callywith Road
Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DZ

Diggers & Dreamers

Since 1989 Diggers & Dreamers has been the "public face" of communal living in Britain. Its online directory now lists groups who live in benders in the woods; in monasteries; in big old country houses; and in newbuild low energy developments. The south west is fairly well represented in the online directory and there are a handful of places in Cornwall ... but sadly none, as yet, in Penwith. A major part of communal living has always been the opportunity it provides to live on less with less and to do so in a context that can be much friendlier than living in a little box on a housing estate. Diggers & Dreamers latest printed publication focuses on the theme of cohousing and is intended to be an inspirational guide.

Contact Details
Postal Address: 

Diggers & Dreamers
c/o BCM Edge
London, WC1N 3XX

UK Cohousing Network

Cohousing is a form of intentional community where individuals and families have their own self-contained living accommodation but also have access to many shared facilities as well. It was pioneered in Denmark and the USA more than 20 years ago but is only just getting established in Britain. The UK Cohousing Network is the focus of the movement within this country.

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Southwest Solar Solutions

Southwest Solar Solutions specialise in off grid/stand alone renewable energy sytems for remote properties where the national grid is prohibitive or non-feasible. They focus on guiding you through the benefits of off grid/stand alone power solutions and the use of solar energy as a realistic alternative to conventional power. If you're planning a green build where 100% green energy is needed they can help. They can provide clean, reliable solar power on site for your project, from a new build to any outdoor event.

Contact Details
Phone: 
01736 850 636
Postal Address: 

Kirthenwood Haven
Bosence Road, Townshend
Hayle, Cornwall TR27 6AJ
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