1960 - 1980 Terrace,
Home featuring a range of measures including sun-pipes for illumination and triple glazing.
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Construction: Solid stone or brick
Age: 1960 - 1980
A 1973 mid-terrace with a total floor area of 159m2. Obtaining planning permission in a conservation area can often make problems for the retrofitting process, however, the owners of this home managed to overcome many obstacles to fit solar pv panels, triple glazing, a condensing boiler, wood burning stove,
sun-pipes, whole house insulation, and most recently a large conservatory.
Innovative use of sun-pipes is impressive, both environmentally and architecturally. Going beyond the industry standards is a common feature of this home, triple glazed windows retain the vast majority of heat in this terrace. Modernising this building has created an energy efficient home built for comfort.
When the owners downsized to this mid-terrace, they almost immediately began planning their improvements.
With an impressive background in environmental studies, the owner was motivated to get involved with many major schemes including the world-famous Eden Project, and CHEESE Project (cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) as part of Bristol Green Capital 2015.
Prior to moving in, parts of the house were completely uninsulated, with condensation on the window panes. The whole development was famously cold, but through retrofit has been transformed into a comfortable, energy efficient home. For two years they have been charging their Renault Zoe electric car from the PV roof, providing exceptionally low-cost, and environmentally friendly transport.
We’re very keen to reduce our carbon footprint. By doing so, we have made our house more comfortable for us senior citizens.Homeowner, 2015
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How this house performs
The final large scale change was made with the addition of a big double-insulated conservatory. This provides significant mid-season solar gain for the house. Construction is ‘A’ rated Planitherm wall glass, and accoya wood frames not hardwood, a sustainable plantation softwood.
Jobs still to do - fit reflectors behind radiators mounted on external walls.
Our sunpipe not only provides natural light to a windowless room, but it also saves on energy bills as we no longer need to have the light constantly on.