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Farnham, Meadow Bank, Newmans Court

House Summary

Thomas Lankester

House Type:
1986 Detached

Carbon saving:
65% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Reported saving on bills:

Total invested:

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Measures installed:

  • Double Glazing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Heat Pump (Air Source)
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Triple Glazing
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

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What visitors are saying

"Very Interesting and host very knowledgable, open and enthusiastic. I had been more interested in Ground source heat pumps but the Air source one on display has certainly given me something to think about."


Having trained as a geologist, I am acutely aware of the pivotal role that greenhouse gases (particularly carbon dioxide and methane) have played in effecting the Earth’s climate.
‘Grand designs’ super homes are all well and good but most of the housing stock already exists. So, when we bought the house in 1997, I wanted to see what could be done with a pretty standard 80s ‘box’.
Our primary motivation has been to reduce our carbon footprint and explore what is required. That said, a condition of each change been to improve the comfort of the home. Significant reductions in consumption and carbon emissions do not mean have to go back to the stone age.

Property background:

Fairly standard mid 1980s ‘box’, filled cavity walls but leaky 6mm gap double glazing and a basic 100mm (rafters fill) of loft insulation. The huge north facing patio windows in the dinning room made it too cold to use in winter.

Key changes made:

Loft insulation using joist extenders and insulation roll / insulation board and chipboard.
Good (1.4 U value) double glazing at front and triple glazing (U value of < 1.0) at back, including the patio doors. 100mmfibreboard external wall insulation on 3 sides of the house. Wood burning stove. Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP). Solar hot water panel. Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MHRV) Modest (1.7kW) PV array on side wall of house. LED lighting throughout. Cutting the windows, walls and loft heat loss has made a huge difference to comfort and bills as space heating predominates in domestic energy use. For the electricity usage we have used energy efficiency but the PV has also had a big effect on our net usage

Measures installed in detail:

  • Solar hot water
  • 1.7kWp PV array
  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Wood burning stove
  • Double and triple glazing
  • External wall insulation
  • Cavity wall inslation
  • Extra loft insulation
  • Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • LED lighting
  • Electric car charge point
Benefits of work carried out:

Finally off gas and total energy usage has been slashed. We now have better lighting, no drafts, no condensation of mould, fresher air and, with 3 walls externally insulated, the house holds its heat better in the winter and stays cooler in summer hot spells. One of the biggest benefits was getting to use our dinning room which, with a full length north facing patio window, had been tool cold to heat and use for 5 months a year.

Favourite feature:

The PV. Not optimally placed on the side of the house but we get a real kick of electricity generation (up to 1.6kW) on sunny mornings just when the washing machine goes on.

The elegance of not wasting the sunlight falling on the house and generating our own electricity with no fossil fuels, fuss or maintenance appeals to me.

Project update:

In the 5 years since we shifted our heating to electricity, the greater efficiency and decarbonisation of the grid has seen our domestic carbon footprint plummet. In February 2013 our gas and electricity footprint was 3.2 tonnes CO2e. Now it is 2 tonnes, but that includes 4,000 miles of car travel as our Renault ZOE adds to our domestic economy7 electricity usage.

Updated on 03/06/2018

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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.


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