Friday 23 March 2012


EVENT: MASHFFF Results Reception, Friday March 30th, 6.30pm, Ashburton Town Hall – with special guest speaker and MC Dave Hampton “The Carbon Coach”
Carbon CoachDave Hampton will be presiding over an important eco-event for the town of Ashburton at the end of this month (March).
He’s the special guest MC and speaker at the Results Reception, organised by the town’s Transition group Ashburton Futures and taking place in Ashburton Town Hall on Friday March 30, from 6.30pm.
Dave works with individuals, businesses – and even celebrities including chef Heston Blumenthal - to reduce their carbon footprints. And Dave and his family try hard to live a low-carbon life too.
Dave is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and won
Building Magazine’s inaugural Sustainability Leadership award in 2005.
Said Dave: “Years spent reducing our carbon footprint have given me a rich experience of not only the technical and financial challenges involved, but also the social, emotional and personal ones.
“My work is informed by what actually works for me and my family. Anything I recommend to others has been proven in the test-bed of my own lifestyle – and people tell me my advice and insight is all the more realistic and relevant as a result.”
He’ll be presiding over the climax of the eco-data-gathering exercise known as Making Ashburton-style Homes Fit For the Future (MASHFFF), which received Government funding to investigate how a cross-section of properties could save money on energy bills, and become cosier too.
MASHFFF commissioned a series of energy audits on properties, from council houses to listed buildings in Ashburton’s Conservation Area, as well as public buildings. The audits looked at where heat and energy was being wasted – and advised on how those leaks could be plugged, those draughts busted, that insulation improved or tariffs switched to cut bills.
A set of punchy short films have been made at each participating building, clearly illustrating the issues for each property – and the practical eco-improvement steps that can be taken.
All of the videos have been released under a Creative Commons Licence via YouTube, which means that anybody who wants to can use them in their own presentations or websites for free.  See

Sharing the knowledge even wider
All that valuable information gathered during the initiative is to be shared with the community, starting with the Results Reception, to ensure that the useful knowledge is spread widely.
Match-funding from Dartmoor National Park Authority will pay for Neighbourhood meetings in April and May, to spread the knowledge about eco-improvements even wider.
MASHFFF also funded a free coach trip for Ashburton householders to the National Self-Buildand Renovation Centre in Swindon, to meet and quiz experts on eco-home improvements.