SuperHome Database

Dartington, Droridge

House Summary

Richard and Heidi Orrell

House Type:
1970's detached house

Carbon saving:
96% - SuperHomes Assessed  

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Measures installed:

  • Biomass Boiler
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Double Glazing
  • Floor Insulation
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Wood Stove

Upcoming events

Early interest in Open Days encourages SuperHome owners to host more events. If you'd like to visit this property please contact the owner and let them know. SuperHomers are often happy to respond to questions about their refurbishment project by email between times. Please read ‘more on contacting this SuperHomer’ before you make contact.

What visitors are saying

"Thank you for your time and all the information and suggestions."


Perhaps bizarrely our ecological journey started with the birth of our first child in 1999 and the desire to wean her onto organic carrot puree.  It seemed wrong, after exclusive breastfeeding, to add traces of pesticides to her diet.  This quickly grew into a wider awareness of how environmental concerns affected our family and also society in general.  Several visits to the Resurgence Magazine Summer conference saw us exposed to talks by people such as Tony Juniper (at that time FoE) and Satish Kumar (SchumacherCollege) and served to make us question our lifestyle choices further.

A forced house move two years later saw us searching for a property with a south facing roof suitable for solar panels and within cycling distance of a mainline rail station.  We consciously bought a property within a budget that allowed us to also install solar power and which meant a car was not a necessary part of the daily commute.  We believe these kind of fundamental decisions are essential to a sustainable lifestyle.  We dreamed (and still do) of a thatched cottage in the country – but this would have meant two cars and no solar.

Finally – we have always had an interest in hiking and the outdoors and spending time in wild places makes us want to live our lives in a way that will help preserve these wonderful spaces for future generations.

Measures installed in detail:

• Wood-fired boiler
• Cavity walls insulated
• Double glazing
• Partial floor insulation
• Low energy lights
• Roof insulation
• 4.4kWp photovoltaic panels
• 3sqm of solar thermal panels
• Wood stove

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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.