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SuperHomes turns 10 and celebrates with 100 FREE Open House events

To celebrate turning 10, SuperHomes is revitalising grassroots renovation with a record number of FREE Open House events

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To find your closest Open House event and to book your space today visit our SuperHome Locator or see our Upcoming Events page

Since 2007 SuperHomes has been at the forefront of domestic eco-retrofit and the network continues to lead the way in carbon conscious renovation. To date, 222 homeowners have all transformed their properties through environmentally minded renovation resulting in lower energy bills, smaller carbon footprints and a huge increase in comfort levels.

First time Opener
SuperHome #220
Located in Evesham,
Worcestershire.
This 1968 bungalow has
69% carbon savings

 

 

 

 

 

SuperHomes include all types of houses, ranging from Grade II listed 16th Century ironstone properties  to 1990’s build ex-council houses; from 6 bed Victorian mansions to 1940 terraces; from idyllic ecolodge retreats in rural Snowdonia to single story flats in the heart of London.

The technology found within and around the properties is innovative and market leading and our SuperHomes offer exceptional, and often unique, examples of green technologies found within the UK. In addition to the more mature aspects of green renovation such as external wall insulation, solar PV panels and heat pumps, our houses boast a variety of cutting edge technologies such as Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems, green roofs, biomass boilers, and even whole house airtight membranes. SuperHomes are pioneers in renewable technology and energy efficiency, our most recent addition (SuperHome #222) is carbon neutral!

The free Open House events occur every September to inspire visitors to make their homes greener and more sustainable. The SuperHome owners provide honest and detailed accounts of their renovation stories and offer invaluable advice and guidance for anyone wanting to follow in their footsteps.

The current, post-Green Deal, climate, with lowered green incentives and a distinct lack of interest from subsequent governments has seen the focus on eco-retrofit waver. Yet the refurbishment of our homes and buildings is one of the greatest challenges we face to reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. SuperHomes harnesses the enthusiasm of our energy saving pioneers to stimulate community-led renovation.

SuperHome owner #59, Mark Brown stands in front of his 1980’s detached house. The High Wycombe property has achieved 90% carbon savings

 

 

 

 

 

Founder of the project (and owner of SuperHome #42), John Doggart, said:

“Thousands of people attend our SuperHomes each year and visitors typically go on to invest over £4000 on energy improvements. This is a fantastic way of helping people to improve their comfort and fuel bills whilst making a vital impact on reducing climate change. Go visit one of the properties and see for yourself”

To help SuperHomes celebrate this astounding anniversary we’ve partnered with the Ecology Building Society who are supporting this year’s September openings.

Ecology, a pioneering financial mutual, is dedicated to improving the environment by supporting and promoting ecological building practices and sustainable communities. They achieve this by providing mortgages for environmental improvements and energy efficient renovations and self-builds for individuals, charities and sustainable businesses as well as supporting affordable and community-led housing.

SuperHomes and Ecology have overlapping visions. We both are appalled by how much energy is wasted by houses across the UK; we both know that properties can be converted and renovated with respect for the environment, and with comfort and affordability in mind; and, most importantly, we both want to spread the message of eco-retrofit and inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint.

We are very proud of this partnership and hope that it is the beginning of a longstanding collaboration between SuperHomes and Ecology. As the bulk of political attention is likely to focus on Brexit for the foreseeable future, we believe that building strong partnerships with like-minded organisations is crucial to influencing policy and shaping the future of environmental renovation.

SuperHome Open Days occur throughout the year with a co-ordinated national event throughout September. Most of our openings coincide with Heritage Open Days (7-10th September) and London Open House (16/17th September). Visit our website to find out more www.superhomes.org.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Richard Vale, SuperHomes Project Manager
richard.vale@nef.org.uk 01908 256914

Notes to editors:

1. SuperHomes
SuperHomes are older homes that have been refurbished by their owners to the highest standards of energy efficiency. This means greater comfort, significantly lower running costs and a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 60%. SuperHome Open Days let visitors see for themselves both the challenges and benefits associated with making an older home energy efficient. Over 70,000 people have already visited a SuperHome. Currently there are 222 registered SuperHomes and 85% of the population in England and Wales live within 30 miles of one. The network’s long term objectives are to recruit 500 UK SuperHomes by 2020 and to attract 2 million visitors to SuperHomes (physical and online) by 2020. A 2016 report on the energy use of SuperHomes revealed that, on average, they use 40% less energy per square metre per year than the average UK home.
SuperHomes is a National Energy Foundation project.

2. SuperHome Open Days
SuperHomes was the first national UK network of mostly privately owned quality retrofits opened to the public. It’s our 10th year as since 2007 SuperHomes has promoted the benefits of eco refurbishment using free open days which offer a practical touch-and-feel experience. SuperHome Open Days let visitors see for themselves both the challenges and benefits associated with making an older home energy efficient. They also make it possible to see retrofit technologies in situ in real homes. These include biomass boilers, heat pumps, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery and water saving devices; also triple glazing, modern wood stoves and all types of insulation

3. National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is an independent charity, active since 1988, which is dedicated to improving the use of energy in buildings.

4. Promotional Partners
SuperHomes also open as part of local green homes groups and national events such as Heritage Open Days (7 –10 Sep 2016) and Open House London (16 & 17 Sep 2017). For the September 2017 events it has partnered Ecology Building Society

5. Awards
SuperHomes has won many accolades, notably a Sustainable Energy Europe Award, a Gold Ashden Award and an International Green Award.

6. The Big Picture
The UK’s government is committed to a target 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. New build homes will not provide the answer. The UK’s 25 million homes currently account for at least 27% of UK carbon emissions. It is estimated that as many as 80% of all homes that will be in standing in 2050 have already been built. This means that retrofitting existing homes is a priority if the government’s target is to be met. Of particular concern are the 7 million solid wall properties in the UK, most of which are expensive to heat and can be cold in winter. To meet the 80% carbon reduction target it is estimated that we should be refurbishing 600,000 homes a year, making them energy efficient. The homes of the future will necessarily be dramatically improved older homes – like SuperHomes.