SuperHome Database

Hook Norton, Rope Way, Beanacre Cottage

House Summary

Charlie and Kate Luxton

House Type:
Grade 2 listed thatched cottage

Carbon saving:
87% - SuperHomes Assessed  

  • Hook Norton SuperHome
  • Windhager Biomass Boiler – Beanacre Cottage
  • solar thermal – Beanacre cottage

Measures installed:

  • Biomass Boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Eco materials
  • Floor Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Water Saving Devices

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Property background:

Beanacre Cottage is an 18th Century, Grade 2 listed, thatched cottage, which has been completely retro-fitted to deliver an SAP rating of 69/100. 

Measures installed in detail:

  • Wood pellet boiler, 12kw Windhager FireWin, 90% efficient and auto-fed (£8000). The pellets are made from UK produced FSC wood waste
  • Remade casement windows, double glazed, draught sealed, argon filled U=1.8
  • Eco materials include odorless, solvent free, organic paints and natural oil and wax varnishes. Natural lime plaster has been used rather than concrete or gypsum products to allow the building to breathe, flooring is Scottish elm. Sustainable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) ply has been used for the kitchen units
  • Floor insulation: 150mm between joists and draught sealed U=0.195
  • Internal wall insulation: 65mm Paradento wood fibre on stone U=0.57
  • Loft insulation: 300mm thatch & 200 Celotex U=0.109
  • Low energy appliances: all white goods having high energy efficiency ratings
  • Low energy lights throughout
  • Rain water from all roofs drains into a rain water harvesting system to be used for the washing machine, flushing toilets and outside taps
  • 4 solar thermal panels mounted on the south-facing stable roof, providing top up to hot water needs
  • Water saving measures: toilets have been retro fitted with an interflush system – the toilet only flushes for the time that the handle is held down. Showers have been fitted with low-flow showerheads
  • South facing porch with lots of glazing. This provides an element of passive solar heating
Benefits of work carried out:

The wood pellet boiler provides all the hot water and central heating for the cottage and the stable block. The boiler only needs cleaning every 500 hours and the ash pan has to be emptied approximately four times a year.

By using Pavadentro on the interior walls, retaining the thick stone internal cross walls, which have been lime plastered, the cottage will have a slower response to external changes and mediate temperature fluctuations.

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Assessment types

SuperHomes Assessed

A home that has been visited and assessed by us and confirmed as reaching the SuperHome standard, which demonstrates a 60% carbon saving.

Homeowner Reported

Information has been provided by the homeowner about their home and energy use prior to the installation of measures and following their installation which demonstrates a carbon saving. This information has not been verified.

Remote Assessed

The homeowner has provided information on their home including what measures have been installed which has enables an assessor working on our behalf to assess their carbon savings. This home has not been visited to verify the measures installed.


This home has not been assessed, but the homeowner has reported what measures have been installed. It may be that this home is awaiting assessment.