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High Wycombe, The Brackens

House Summary

Ivan Cicin-Sain

House Type:
1968, Detached

Carbon saving:

  • Ivan Cicin-Sain, The Brackens, High Wycombe
  • High Wycombe – The Brackens 1
  • High Wycombe, The Brackens SuperHome

Measures installed:

  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Water Saving Devices

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Personal story:

I am a technical author and have just finished a Masters in Environmental decision-making and looking to find an eco job. My wife and I (we met at Friends of the Earth) moved from a small flat in London. Our new house in High Wycombe was a single-paned, poorly insulated property when we moved in.


As an environmentalist I get great pleasure in knowing I am creating and using clean energy. I also hate waste and try to conserve as much heat as possible.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Rockwool cavity wall insulation
  • Condensing boiler installed fitted with TRVs
  • Anglian double glazing installed for all windows; 90% is Pilkington glass
  • Topped up 100mm rockwool loft insulation, U value 0.45
  • Low energy appliances
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • 100mm PIR boarding (approx 0.24 U value) with Aluminium (1mm) top and bottom layer roof insulation
  • 8 Sanyo hybrid PV panels; 3.8 kWp
  • Water saving devices include: 2 large water butts; half of shower water re-used for manual toilet flushing
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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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