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.

What is passive solar design?

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In this video SuperHomer Kit Knowles talks about the passive solar design used when renovating his 1909 Arts and Crafts property in Chorltonville.

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Is a sedum roof covering best for a DIY green roof?

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A sedum roof covering is the lightest form of green living roof. You can grow sedum plants on any flat roof. You simply add a substrate (ie. a layer of material in which the sedum can grow) above the roof’s waterproof membrane and plant the sedum.

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How do I insulate a floor?

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Got cold feet about cold floors?  We look at how to insulate a floor, exploring options for both a wooden floor and concrete floor, showing you how to insulate under the floor or above a concrete slab, whilst minimising thermal bridging.

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Is boarding over loft insulation a DIY job?

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Boarding over loft insulation can be DIY’d – it isn’t complicated but it will be physically hard work. It is recommended that you have at least 270mm of loft insulation but going for bit more can be convenient.

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Should I be insulating a solid wall internally or externally?

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Thinking about insulating a solid wall? Unsure whether to opt for internal or external wall insulation, or both? This article looks at the pros and cons of each approach and lists some of the potential problems encountered when insulating a solid wall.

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Is cork insulation suitable for insulating solid walls?

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SuperHomer Susan Venner talks about using cork insulation both internally and externally during the eco refurbishment of her Victorian end of terrace house. In her experience cork insulation is highly suitable for insulating solid walls.

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How good is Slimlite double glazing for sash windows?

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In this video SuperHomer Susan Venner talks about the options she considered for refurbishing her Victorian sash windows and reviews the Slimlite double glazing option she preferred.

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Does the Green Deal offer value for money?

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Does the UK’s Green Deal scheme offer value for money? This detailed FAQ review responds to typical concerns about Green Deal loans, providers, eligible measures, redress if something goes wrong, avoiding cowboys and more. Note: In July 2015 the UK Government announced it was ending the Green Deal. Although some work under related workstreams continued into 2016, Green Deal Finance is generally no longer an option for homeowners. To April 2016 no replacement scheme has been announced.

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What is passive heating and cooling?

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SuperHomer Paul Capel explains how increased use of passive heating and cooling has been one of the big wins of his home eco renovation.

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Can you retrofit underfloor heating?

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Under what circumstances might you retrofit underfloor heating? Why does it save energy? How does underfloor heating work? What should you be aware of when fitting it? What is wet underfloor heating and what are the relative pros and cons of this and other systems?


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