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Home showcasing various technical solutions and highly detailed external solid wall insulation on front of house
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 recently 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. Eric 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'.
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How this house performs
These graphics show household’s annual consumption data and CO2 per person compared to Bristol averages. Green = Electricity, Orange = Gas, Blue = CO2. For more info click here.
Eric’s home needs less than the average Bristol home to fulfill it’s heating requirements, even though it’s larger than average. His solar PV system provides all the electricity he consumes and collectively, the measures installed work together so Eric can obtain a high Band C in his Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), shown on the right. Carbon per person is around 50% that of the average Bristol home.
Now the work is completed Eric has been sharing his experience with neighbours and the local community to communicate his own transition and help others engage with theirs.