150th SuperHome added as interest in Open Homes grows

It’s official – the 150th SuperHome belongs to Keith and Kathryn Searle of Steeple Claydon. And Aylesbury Vale is on a roll, since another local home reached the same challenging standard in 2012. In both cases refurbishment qualified older properties for SuperHomes status by reducing the home’s carbon emissions by at least 60%. They now join a growing network of green homes which will open to the public across the country during SuperHomes Week (16th – 24 March 2013).

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Keith Searle outside his Bucks SuperHome

SuperHome 150 is heated by an Air Source Heat Pump. A 2.2 kWp photo voltaic system provides green electricity. The cavity wall and loft have been insulated and internal wall insulation has been added in the bathroom. Double glazing is fitted throughout. Low energy lights and appliances and water saving devices complete the picture. Keith Searle is clear of the benefits of the refurbishment work:

“The refurbishment helped us achieve greater comfort, lower bills and radically reduced our carbon emissions. It’s been a rewarding process and we’re looking forward to showing people round and sharing what we have learned.”

Robert Smart of Aylesbury Vale District Council welcomed the news. He is one of several Sustainability Officers who have refurbished their own homes to win SuperHome status and is now actively building links to SuperHomes in Buckinghamshire.

“SuperHomes has been well received locally (just under 50 visits to the first two SuperHomes open within the Vale in September 2012…I hope this growing community network of “Eco” homes can be used through open day visits to help promote public awareness of the UK refurbishment challenge and the emerging Green Deal.”

The county benefits from an active network of Community Energy Champions, plus groups supporting rural community oil procurement, affordable warmth, Transition and the environment. All, he says, have potential links to SuperHomes and should help promote greater local awareness of green open home events. SuperHomes has demonstrated how eco refurbishment can reduce energy costs and carbon emissions in private and social housing since 2009.

Gabby Mallett, Project Director for SuperHomes, also welcomed the addition to the network.

“The SuperHomes network has reached another milestone with the addition of its 150th SuperHome. We’ve added 35 homes in 12 months, helped by generous support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. We are now looking forward to even faster growth as the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s funding of a national green open home network and digital hub comes into effect. In a number of areas including Milton Keynes and Camden, new local open home groups will receive support thanks to support from Council Officers and Green Deal Pioneer Places funding.”

Keith Searle's Air Source Heat Pump

Keith Searle’s Air Source Heat Pump

Keith Searle’s SuperHome will open to visitors on Saturday 23rd March with free tours on offer. Robert Smart will also be offering tours of his SuperHome on Saturday 16th and Thursday 21 March.

For SuperHomes, the work does not stop at SuperHome 150. The Sustainable Energy Academy’s ambition is to grow the network to 500 SuperHomes by 2020!

For more information on booking a visit to a SuperHome visit the SuperHome Locator map here.

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