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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.

OkoFEN Pellematic PE(S)25 biomass boiler review by John Whitehead

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John Whitehead with his OkoFEN Pellematic PE(S)25

John and Ceilia Whitehead chose to install the OkoFEN Pellematic PE(S)25 as part of the energy efficient improvements they made to their eco guesthouse. Here engineer enthusiast John shares their experience of the product.

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Mitsubishi MSZ-GE35VA air source heat pump review by Keith Searle

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Photo: The outdoor external unit of the Mitsubishi MSZ-GE35VA heat pump

Keith and Kathryn Searle chose to install the Mitsubishi MSZ-GE35VA to improve the energy efficiency of their 1970s end terrace home. Here Keith shares their experience of this product.

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Daikin Altherma air source heat pump review by Andrew Gage

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Photo: The outdoor fan unit of the Daikin Altherma High Temperature ASHP

The Gage family chose to install the Daikin Altherma when retrofitting their 1920s detached home. Here Andrew shares their experience of the product.

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Show Homes – An effective force for inspiring domestic retrofit

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If this Government is serious about cutting carbon emissions and renovating our aged housing stock, then it must stimulate demand. The SuperHomes network has attracted over 1 million visits to its articles, videos and houses. What better way is there to create demand than by supporting initiatives which are proven to work?

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Brink Renovent Sky 300 MVHR review by Eric Fewster

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Photo: The slim profiled Renovent Sky 300’s heat exchanger unit installed in the ceiling.

SuperHomer Eric Fewster is a certified passive house consultant, an Advisor with a SuperHome who offers services as ColdProof. He installed the Brink Renovent Sky into one of his client’s homes. Here Eric gives us an insight into his experience with the product and the benefits his client has experienced.

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Can thermal bridging compromise efforts to insulate?

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Improving our insulation is a great way to save on energy for heating the home, but there are factors that can undermine attempts to insulate our houses – a key one is thermal bridging.

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Solar shading impact report

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Against the backdrop of global warming and rising energy prices, there is a pressing need to design buildings that do not overheat, exploiting passive design strategies. In this context, the British Blind & Shutter Association commissioned the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to assess the impact of solar shading in the UK built environment. NEF’s Solar Shading Impact report presents an evidence-based investigation into the current and potential impact of solar shading, leveraging on the full benefits intrinsic to the optimal use of shading.

Housing retrofits – a new start

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In November 2016 The Energy Technologies Institute shared its Housing retrofits – a new start report aimed at the government and industry. It makes the case that progress with retrofits will depend on recognising that efficiency savings are a very weak driver. Improved comfort and amenity are stronger drivers.

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Upgrading and insulating traditional stone buildings

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If you are exploring how to insulate a traditional stone building, you will find this helpful.  Anthony Gwynne of Forest of Dean Council has written a detailed report on upgrading stone buildings.

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STBA’s moisture risk assessment and guidance

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STBA’s moisture risk assessment and guidance report explores the problems caused by moisture in buildings and the mechanisms for moisture transfer. At the time of sharing it here, this is still a draft consultation document.

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