Edwardian House Eco-Renovation

We bought our Edwardian semi detached house in October 2008, partly for its original decorative features, but also because it offered the opportunity to do a comprehensive eco-renovation.

“The target we set ourselves was a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions – ambitious for a 103 year-old house!”

Our target was ambitious but informed by knowledge I gained from setting up my own energy consultancy businesses VICTERI.

Project

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The first areas that we looked at were the loft, where we increased the insulation to the recommended depth of 270mm and installed insulated board, and the groundfloor where we installed under-floor heating.

So far, because we haven’t yet insulated our exterior side wall, the under-floor heating has not worked as well as it should have, but the house has been made much warmer – even if carrying out the work in the middle of winter with no heating or hot water for part of the time was not ideal!

Other major improvements include a new condensing boiler, seven new sash windows, insulated window bays on first and ground floor and draught-proofing all other windows. The next stage of our eco-renovation will include installation of rainwater harvesting and storage to reduce our mains water consumption, as well as solar panels and solar water heating. While this will reduce our CO2 emissions, we will also be able to make use of free electricity and hot water and also benefit from the government Feed-In Tariff subsidies for both.

Benefits

“So far we’ve cut our heating bills by 30% and our house is much warmer.”

The cost of all this work was £60,000 and the payback will take quite a number of years, but the major benefits include a drastic reduction in draughts and in our heating bills and CO2 emissions, which are around 50% lower, as well as a much warmer and more comfortable home.

Find out more

Norman Beddington (nb@ecodev.co.uk)

Web: Victeri (external link)