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SuperHomes win another award!

Posted on 09.03.2011

The Old Home SuperHome project has won yet another award – the Sustain Magazine award for Communication. Read more here.

Women’s Institute joins Climate Week

Posted on 22.02.2011

Join the big week of action on Climate Change – Climate Week – 21st to 27th March 2011
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes are joining this campaign.
Click here to learn what’s going on.

Visit a SuperHome during Spring Opening 2011

Posted on 03.02.2011

Fourteen million homes is the figure that Chris Huhne quotes when he talks about the proposed Green Deal. That is 14 million homes which could benefit from insulation measures and save money on their fuel bills, once the Government finalises its plans in 2012. But what are these homes actually going to do, what is going to address the lack of demand for insulation and other energy efficiency measures?

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Architect’s Journal Retrofit awards

Posted on 10.11.2010

The Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) is thrilled to have picked up the prize for the public engagement/communication initiative at the recent Retrofit Awards. Read more here.

SuperHomes are inspiring places to visit!

Posted on 14.10.2010

So says an overwhelming 98% of visitors to SuperHomes!

An analysis of data gathered from feedback forms completed after visits to homes in the SuperHome network (2007 to June 2010) reveals some encouraging facts:

98% of respondents were pleased that they had visited a SuperHome
98% said that touch-and-feel visits like these are a good way of learning about solutions
91% were definitely clear/maybe clear, on how to tackle improvements in their own homes
76% of visitors said they were inspired to do more in their own homes with a further 21% inspired to do more in general to reduce their carbon footprint.

For more details on the analysis view the SuperHome Visitor Analysis October 2010 report.

RIBA South West and The Green Register annual conference

Posted on 22.09.2010

Low Carbon Futures – Money doesn’t grow on trees
23 November 2010
8.30 – 18.00

The conference looks closely at the cutting-edge themes of the new green economy, the business case for using sustainable technologies and incentives, and the balance between prosperity and economic growth.
Further details

SuperHomes – Shortlisted for Retrofit Award

Posted on 17.09.2010

The Sustainable Energy Academy’s Old Home SuperHome project has been shortlisted for the public engagement/communication initiative category of the Architects’ Journal retrofit awards.

Read more about the award

September openings have started!

Posted on 09.09.2010

Well over half of the 64 SuperHomes will be open to the public this September marking Heritage Open Days – during 9th to 12th September, and Open House London during the weekend 18-19th September. Some SuperHomes will also be opening for other events such as Wales Heritage Open Doors, and the British Science Festival in Birmingham.

This a fantastic achievement, and with wider publicity from the Great British Refurb campaign, and from the Energy Saving Trust, this should reach and inspire more of the public to view a SuperHome that’s not far away from where they live.

Most of these homes have substantially upgraded their insulation, many using a combination of internal and external solid wall insulation. A good proportion of the homes have installed renewable energy technologies, ranging from the more common Solar Thermal Systems to heat hot water, through Photovoltaic systems to provide electricity, to the more unusual Air Source Heat Pumps which provide space heating. Some have aimed for carbon neutrality, where they generate as much energy as they consume and others have followed a PassivHaus approach, where super insulation means that a heating system is virtually unnecessary.

These SuperHomers are passionate about saving energy and are proud to practise what they preach, but they are also convinced that Seeing is Believing and are making their homes available so that others can be educated and inspired by the touch-and-feel experience on offer. The SuperHomers can tell you the story of their renovations, what went right and what when wrong. They can talk to you about the reasons that they chose the measures they did and tell you how well they worked in practise. Some of the SuperHomers will be able to offer you expert advice and support for your own project and some homes will have Energy Saving Trust advisors there to help you too.

For more information check out the events pages to find out when homes near you are open for a visit. Please note that some of the homes do require you to book in advance.

The Guardian – 50th SuperHomer & Old Home SuperHome

Posted on 12.08.2010

Read the Guardian article about our 5oth SuperHome in Welwyn village, and Old Home SuperHome’s relevance in light of the government’s ‘Green Deal’ and the ‘Pay as you Save’ (PAYS) scheme.