SuperHome Database

Ickenham, Haslam Close

House Summary

Gavin Roberts

House Type:
1984 End of Terrace

Carbon saving:
60% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Reported saving on bills:
20% Electricity Saving over last year

Total invested:
PB £4K in 2012

  • Ickenham PV and Solar
  • Ickenham SH

Measures installed:

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

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Personal story:

I am a building surveyor by training but I now work for a renewable energy consultancy in the solar industry. Working in the industry made me more comfortable with the technology in terms of how it works and the benefits. It also meant I was able to carry out my own personal research into renewable measures.


We are very keen to reduce our overall impact especially the desire to reduce our carbon footprint. Since having a family the need to protect us from ever rising energy bills has helped a great deal. We wanted to make sure we protect ourselves for the future in terms of energy security and climate change. We try and modify our behavior – to show what can be done. My aim was to modernize our home in as environmentally way as possible.

Property background:

The house is part of a development of 300 properties built in 1983/4 by Fairview homes on part of the old West Ruislip RAF depot. The RAF depot was constructed as a storage depot for the Army Flying Core prior to the formation of the RAF. The homes were built to a very high insulation standard for 1984 with filled cavity and loft insulation. I bought this end of terrace property in 2006 and it was in need of modernization by this point.

Key changes made:

The main changes have been a new boiler and renewable technologies that allow us to generate electricity and heat our water.

Measures installed in detail:

• Cavity wall insulation
• New Vaillant Eco Tech boiler fitted in 2007 replacing original 1984 boiler. TRV’s fitted to radiators
• Double glazing – upstairs windows replaced by UPVC double glazed windows in 2010
• 200mm Loft insulation added
• Low energy appliances including an A rated washing machine and dishwasher
• Low energy bulbs throughout with LED in the kitchen
• 1.3kWp Photovoltaic system
• Solar thermal system uses 20 evacuated tubes and is fitted and new twin coil tank
• Water saving devices (eco shower head)

Benefits of work carried out:

Apart from the lovely feeling of knowing your home is generating its own energy the main advantage has been lower bills and protection from ever rising bills.

Favourite feature:

The renewable technologies are my favourite as this is a new technology that you can see working through the efergy meter. It is a great feeling knowing electricity is going out the door.

Project update:

We managed a 20% reduction on our imported electricity during the first year.
The solar hot water will heat the 150Ltr tank on a summer day and pre heat to 30 degrees in December.
In the last 10 years the system has lowered our bills with very little maintenance. We now own an EV as we were exporting far too much solar power.

Updated on 23/08/2017

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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.