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Home showcasing numerous technical solutions and whole-house external solid wall insulation, resulting in 64% less reliance on fossil fuels.
Construction: Solid stone or brick
The exterior wall insulation installed in 2011 has managed to restore the original character of this 1820s semi-detached house in Southville, while introducing a high level of energy efficiency.
Concealed behind the parapet roof are solar technologies (PV and thermal) which have been monitored monthly since installation in 2006. The home also features heat recovery ventilation, rainwater harvesting, multi-fuel stove and double-glazing. All measures were installed over a number of years, reducing energy use significantly as well as increasing comfort.
The home has achieved ‘Superhomes’ status, being 64% less reliant on fossil fuels since the refurbishment.
Eric and Julia have lived in their home for over 20 years, improving it over the years bit by bit, whilst raising two children.
Recently, they decided to commit to making this their home for the long-term and began installing more significant measures to address damp and upkeep issues.
Eric was keen to share his motivation with us - “we took the opportunity to do the whole job properly and to a high standard.” They worked with Footprint Building to ensure the measures installed were the most appropriate, for example paying attention to ventilation as the insulation was improved.
Maintaining the Georgian character of the home, which is in a conservation area, was very important and although the house is nearly 200 years old it now has an energy efficiency rating at the top of band 'C'.
It has made a significant improvement to our energy use and has set us up for years to come. Only wish we had done it earlierHomeowner, 2015
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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.
Despite being larger than average, this home needs less than the average amount of energy to heat. The solar PV system provides all the electricity consumed, and collectively, the measures installed work together for the home to obtain a high Band C in Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), shown on the right.
Now the work is completed the owner has been sharing his experience with neighbours and the local community to communicate his own transition and help others engage with theirs.