Vict' /Edw' (1837-1910) Semi-detached,
Whole house retrofitted family home featuring a large range of measures and technical solutions
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Construction: Solid stone or brick
Age: Vict' /Edw' (1837-1910)
Groundfloor and internal wall insulation combined to improve heat retention in this six-bed family home, with high ceilings and 245m2 of floor area.
This property has been through a transformative refurbishment scheme that was supported by the Refit West programme run by Forum for the Future in 2010. Groundfloor and internal wall insulation combined to improve heat retention in this six-bed family home in Redland, with high ceilings and 245m2 of floor area. A gas condensing boiler, solar thermal and mechanical heat recovery system, are three further measures which help produce and distribute heat more efficiently. In addition to these, double glazing has replaced all original windows, working with the insulation to retain heat. Finally, a wood burning stove has been installed and uses recycled materials to produce heat, helping complete the transformation of this home into a low carbon household.
The owners believe passionately about the need for urgent action in tackling climate change issues and with inheritance from a parent providing money they chose to invest in this property. Their approach to this extensive refurbishment started with a "hierarchy of desired benefits" which were to: reduce their carbon footprint by lowering the energy consumption in the home; increase the family’s comfort, by providing warmth and ventilation and finally provide a means of protection against rising energy prices.
They believe that this investment, which is good for the environment, is a ‘win-win’ opportunity. They will reap the rewards from reduced cost of energy now; increased comfort living in the property; an increase in its potential ‘sale’ value, and its resilience to likely energy costs over the coming decades.
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How this house performs
The chart for 2019 case studies shows the household’s annual energy consumption and generation data compared to Ofgem’s Typical Domestic Consumption Values - industry standard values for the annual gas and electricity usage of a typical domestic consumer. For more info click here.
The owners have managed to warm the house more evenly, while reducing their carbon footprint by over half.