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.

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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Are ceiling cornices lost with internal wall insulation?

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Are ceiling cornices lost in the process of installing internal wall insulation? Ozzie didn’t find refitting cornices to be a problem. In this video excerpt SuperHomer Ozzie ffield talks about the process of fitting internal wall insulation in his house in Bath – including extending wires to sockets and avoiding cold bridging.

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How do I do an eco loft conversion?

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This video excerpt provides some useful tips on what an eco loft conversion requires – including insulation between the rafters and airtight joints on the boarding to stop any risk of interstitial condensation. SuperHomer Maria Hawton-Mead talks about the eco loft conversion at her house in Ditchling Rise, Brighton.

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Does internal wall insulation cause interstitial condensation?

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SuperHomer Maria Hawton-Mead talks about early results from the monitoring for interstitial condensation.


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Energy saving tips – SuperHome on the BBC

SuperHomer and Energy efficiency adviser Kit Knowles offers tips on energy saving in homes, to watch the full video via the BBC news website please click here.

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Which energy efficient windows are best for an eco-home?

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You want energy efficient windows, but do you need double, secondary or triple glazing, Low-E coating, PVC or wooden window frames? And what has solar gain got to do with it?

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Retrofit Carbon Calculator for Social Housing Providers

United House, the company which has partnered SuperHomes in developing the innovative WHISCERS insulation system, has launched a new online tool. The Value Carbon Calculator enables social housing providers to choose from a range of possible eco retrofit measures to see how such a selection would reduce the CO2 emissions associated with a particular house type.

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1950s Bungalow Eco Retrofit Presentation

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SuperHomers Charles and Judy Ainger carried out an eco retrofit of their 1950s bungalow in 2008 and reduced their net outgoings on energy and water bills to under £1000. Now with 4 years of data they can make a detailed assessment of what worked and what they might do differently were they to do it all again.

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Lifetime Emissions of Eco Retrofit versus New Build

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Radian’s September 2011 report confirms that it is less carbon intensive to refurbish even existing ‘hard to treat’ homes than to demolish them and build new homes.

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