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Eco Renovation FAQs

Got an older house that could benefit from eco renovation? Get detailed answers to the most commonly asked questions here. We’re adding more FAQs as we go. Bookmark this page or subscribe to our news updates to stay in the loop.

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Latest FAQs

Below are the latest FAQs to be added to the SuperHomes resource library. You can search for FAQs or another specific type of resource on a particular subject by using the search filter on the right.

How do I install magnetic strip secondary glazing?

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SuperHomer Jill Goulder has been using magnetic strip secondary glazing on her sash windows since the 1990s. It is a cheap, simple and effective solution that isn’t widely advertised. Materials for a larger sash window might cost as little as £100 and these can be bought from a local supplier and DIY installed.

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Installing internal wall insulation – how should I prepare?

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Annette Parmar lives in a Victorian terraced house – one of the 7.9 million in Britain build with solid walls. In spring 2015 she won a competition so installing internal wall insulation became an option. In this short video we see some of the preparations required before and during the installation.

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Could external wall insulation be the answer?

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Ealing based SuperHomer Paul Loboda has done away with the dated pebble dash on his semi-detached 1930s property by covering it with external wall insulation giving the house a new modern look. In this video he talks about the process and the benefits.

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Is polystyrene external wall insulation cost effective?

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SuperHomer John Doggart finds polystyrene external wall insulation cost effective for increasing the comfort of his Victorian home in Camden.

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Do LED lights for Home Use impress? Pt2

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There’s no doubt today’s LED lights for home use are much improved. But how do they work in practice? SuperHomer and Interior Designer Oliver Heath reports from his home in Hove.

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Is interstitial condensation a risk?

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Interstitial condensation differs from other forms of damp that affect properties because it occurs inside walls, where it is impossible to see what’s going on. For this reason treating it is especially hard, and you could have this problem and not be aware of it.

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Should I green deal with it?

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In this video three homeowners consider options for refurbishing their older homes and ask themselves the question “Should I Green Deal with it?”

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Are passive flue gas heat recovery devices savers?

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Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery Devices enable you to reuse heat from your boiler that would otherwise be wasted. They are retrofit devices for older boilers that capture waste heat from flue gases and reuse it, to improve the efficiency of hot water production and save fuel and money.

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What should I look for in a Green Builder?

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How do you find a green builder to help you make your eco house refurbishment a dream come true?  What qualities should you look for in a builder, when should you get them involved and how can you work with them to best effect?

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How do I insulate a flat roof?

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You need to insulate a flat roof. But where? And how? The answer is especially important if the room below generates high levels of humidity like a bathroom.

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