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.

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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Indicative cost of solid wall insulation 2016

During a Green Deal Communities project in 2016, the below prices provided a useful indicative full cost for three types of solid wall insulation – internal wall insulation, external wall insulation, and a hybrid approach using both internal and external insulation. All these costs would be subject to survey and are based on the use of standard materials. These are only offered as a very rough guide as to what you might expect when approaching installers for quotes.

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The Retrofit factfile – making the case for retrofit

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The Retrofit factile is a short summary of facts and publications relevant to retrofit – the upgrading of existing homes to new energy efficient standards. It makes the case for retrofit and goes on to explore the potential benefits for buildings, people and the economy.

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Solid Wall Insulation – Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards – Hansford

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Solid Wall Insulation – Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards is the report that followed a review commissioned by The Green Construction Board, led by Peter Hansford and published in November 2015.

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Each Home Counts – Bonfield Review

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Each Home Counts was published in December 2016. It followed a review by Peter Bonfield exploring the potential for a better quality and standards framework within the renewables/energy efficiency sector.

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Building the Future – The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

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Published in October 2014, Building the Future makes the case for the same radical new approach to home  energy efficiency called for by The Energy Bill Revolution. This campaign calls for all low income homes to be improved, by 2025, to bring them up to B and C on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and for all other households to be offered 0% interest loans to improve their homes to an equivalent EPC standard by 2035; delivered as part of a major infrastructure investment programme.

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How should I insulate my loft conversion?

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Many families decide to extend their properties rather than move house and a loft conversion is one way to get more living space and increase the value of your home. But not all lofts are suitable or economically viable for conversion.

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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.