Dumble - Live


Phase One of the build, the more conventional fixed wing housing the apartment, office and garages is nearly complete (see images), Robin and Rosy are living in it and are delighted with the ambeience and its efficiency!

The Dumble is a pioneering energy self-sufficient house, currently under construction in a rural site near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Recent cold winters have proved the efficiency of the concept and insulation, with only minimal heating being required even though some of the energy management systems serving the whole project are not yet operational. Work continues on completion of this stage of the project, with general landscaping and site work to be carried out this summer, together with construction of the access bridges.

The ground works and base for Phase Two, the main rotating house, are all completed, and are ready for installation of the rail system. The recession has resulted in postponing further work on the rotating house, but it is anticipated that progress will restart when the economy is in more robust shape. Some of the energy management and renewable energy systems that were originally planned to be incorporated into Phase Two are therefore now to be installed in Phase One, and will therefore be ready to serve Phase Two when built.

The Dumble is a pioneering energy self-sufficient house, currently under construction in a rural site near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Originally conceived by Robin Hamilton and with subsequent input from CadenzaVM and Fisher German, the project was so successfully developed and managed that not only was planning consent granted through the PPS7 exemption clause, but this was also the first such application to be granted without the Secretary of State calling for a Public Inquiry.

One of the key aims of the project is to produce a design that is contemporary, has an immediate ‘wow’ factor and is environmentally sensitive, yet costs less to build than comparable designs and is constructed without the need for expensive equipment or specialist trades. This is achieved through a combination of innovative design, new building techniques and the use of redundant or recycled materials.

The Dumble demonstrates that a responsible, energy efficient and cost-effective ‘green’ design can produce a dramatic and exciting building. It is a highly topical project; the same concept and techniques can be applied to smaller and larger buildings (domestic or commercial) and will help save our planet’s natural resources, combat soaring energy costs and reduce the impact of climate change.

For further information select one of the links below:

- Background
- Planning Proposal
- Key Features
- Systems
- Design and Construction