SuperHome Database

Hungerford, Atherton Crescent

House Summary

Owner(s):
Ed Sweetman

House Type:
1920's semi-detached 2floors

Carbon saving:
70% - Remote Assessed  


  • Atherton Crescent

Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

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Personal story:

We moved down South from Manchester for a job my partner got and rented for a while. We decided to buy locally due to the costs and problems of renting including; never having anything to show for money spent; insecurity of tenure; and not being able to improve the house. This combined with issues with neighbours and our parents being able to lend us a decent chunk of money.

Motivations:

A combination of: improving the look, feel and function of the house; reducing our impact on climate change; saving money long term; and hopefully adding value to the property.

Property background:

It’s a 1920’s ex local authority house. Somebody told me the whole row of houses was originally built for returning soldiers from the 1st world war on a piece of land that used to be used for allotments, but don’t know if that’s true. Looking at the Hungerford history website the field was renowned for growing barley (88 tonnes from 6 acres in 1908!) before being built on in 1921. The houses in the street that were in still in Local Authority ownership were externally insulated at some point – presumably within the last 10-15 years. You can tell them apart from the pebble dash exterior. The house was extended in 2008 and new PVC windows installed throughout.

Key changes made:

Full list of measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler- Replaced gas burning Rayburn (GD80 – c. 25 years old) with condensing gas boiler, not Combi (Bosch Greenstar). Both systems also heat hot water via a cylinder. Also installed room thermostat/ digistat.
  • Double glazing
  • External wall insulation- 100mm insulation installed
  • Low energy appliances
  • Low energy lighting
  • Loft insulation- added an additional 170mm
  • Water saving devices- 2 x aerators in taps; low flow shower head; 1 x cistern reducer in downstairs toilet.
  • Wood burner- Open chimney in front room replaced with wood burner. Open chimney from rayburn blocked (although may fit extractor if issues with condensation arise from wall insulation)
Measures installed in detail:

  • Condensing boiler
  • External wall insulation
  • Low energy appliances
  • Low energy lighting
  • Loft insulation
  • Water saving devices
  • Wood burner
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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.

Unassessed

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.