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Renovating a House? Eco retrofit it.

Interested in the steps you could take to green your home? Ready for more detailed eco refurbishment advice? Looking for training or industry reports on eco retrofit?  You’ve come to the right place.

Latest Resources

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

OpenTRV

OpenTRV is about helping homeowners halve their space-heating bills and carbon footprint, while improving comfort, and with payback within a single heating season.

Parity Projects

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Parity Projects are award winning experts in reducing the energy and CO2 emissions of existing homes.

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GSD Architecture

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GSD Architecture is a Nottingham architect’s practice specialising in environmentally responsible domestic retrofit, extensions and new-build.

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Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for SuperHomes Report

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The Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for SuperHomes Report reveals that, on average, SuperHomes are using 40% less energy per square metre per year than the average UK home.

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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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The Retrofit Pattern Book

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The Retrofit Pattern Book is bringing tried and tested retrofit techniques out into the open. This online guide allows designers and manufacturers to show their best practice details to others, at the same time opening up the possibility that refinements and incremental improvements might be discussed and suggested by peers.

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Planning Responsible Retrofit – guidance wheel and report

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The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) has produced a guidance wheel and a report to assist those planning to refurbish an old building. This is particularly helpful for heritage properties where extra care must be taken to ensure any changes made work in harmony with the existing fabric of the building.

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Ecomorph

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Ecomorph is the energy efficiency advice service set up by SuperHomer Sue Roberts to help householders reduce their bills and carbon emissions. The company can arrange domestic energy surveys with Energy Performance Certificates. The service dovetails with the refurbishment of Glebe House, where ideas were tested. For more information see www.ecomorph.org

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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LogPile – wood fuel and wood fuel equipment database

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LogPile is the National Energy Foundation’s online database designed to help the general public find suppliers of wood fuel (logs, pellets, etc) and wood fuel equipment (stoves, boilers, etc).

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