Eco Renovation takes centre stage for SuperHomes Week

SuperHomes Week returns from 16 – 24 March 2013 showcasing eco renovation at its impressive best. Some 50 pioneering UK households will be opening their doors. All have refurbished older homes for greater comfort, lower energy bills and far fewer carbon emissions (at least 60% less!).

Most SuperHomes have superior insulation; many have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy. Visitors can therefore expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own properties. They will also gain a better understanding of the home improvements now eligible for Green Deal finance.

Visitors will find a range of heating, insulation, ventilation and energy generating solutions on display. It’s a chance to find out how green technologies work in practice. SuperHomers are early adopters. They know from experience and can explain the challenges as well as the benefits.

Eleven SuperHomes will open for the first time

Paul Bragman outside his 1910 Edwardian SuperHome

Paul Bragman outside his 1910 Edwardian SuperHome

Eleven SuperHomes will open their doors to the public for the very first time during SuperHomes Week. Of these, four will be found in London. Thomas and Yasmine Russell opted for an A rated combi boiler and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in their flat. All three others have installed internal wall insulation.  Kate Calvert has added insulation under floors and on flat roofs too. Paul Bragman has added two modern wood burners. Chris Newman says his rooms heat up quickly (often with just bodies in them!).

Many new openers have embraced solar energy. Bob Lewis’s 3.53kW solar PV system means he is a net exporter of electricity. Thomas Lankester loves generating his own electricity – “no fossil fuels, fuss or maintenance” he says. Seb Aslan and Louise Arnold have a solar thermal system too.

Air Source Heat Pump at Steeple Claydon SuperHome

Keith Searle’s Air to Air Heat Pump

New openers have taken a variety of approaches to space heating. Neal McCay and Gavin Roberts both went for A rated gas boilers. Others have adopted less conventional solutions. The Williams family purchased a wood pellet replacement when their oil boiler needed replacing. Keith Searle’s home is now heated by an Air to Air Heat Pump.

Every renovation is unique but finding a familiar property should not be too hard. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and post-war properties are amongst those opening. Searching for the right one to visit is easy. Online search is possible by location, postcode, installed technology or event date.

There are currently 158 homes in the SuperHomes Network and this number is growing fast. SuperHomes is working with three Councils who have received Green Deal Pioneer Places funding. This means that the number of homes opening to the public in Aylesbury Vale, Milton Keynes and Camden will be accelerated.

Three homes recently awarded SuperHome status can be visited in Aylesbury Vale. In Milton Keynes three further green homes (not yet SuperHomes) will be opening. These will display the benefits of solar PV, a wood stove and improved insulation and glazing.

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

Also See:
5 reasons to visit SuperHomes
4 ways to search for a SuperHome

Other Open Home Events:
Shrewsbury Green Doors 23/4 March

Bath Green Homes Open Homes Weekend 13/14 April

Notes for Editors:
Full media release here with Notes
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