SuperHome Database

Leicester, Heyworth Road

House Summary

Owner(s):
Zina Zelter

House Type:
1930’s semi-detached

Carbon saving:
70% - Remote Assessed  


  • Photo of thermostat
  • Photo of trv
  • photo of back of house

Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Draught-proofing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Floor Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Secondary glazing
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Triple Glazing
  • Water Saving Devices

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Motivations:

Initially to reduce my personal carbon footprint and because I feel  owning a house carries a duty of improving it for people who will live in it in the future. But after a while I realised that doing this myself means I can support and inspire other people to try similar things, and this has also become a motivator.

Property background:

When I moved in, beyond partial very poor quality double glazing, nothing noticeable had been done to the house, which was cold.

Key changes made:

External wall insulation; internal wall insulation; underfloor and loft insulation; new efficient boiler; thermostatic radiator valves; low energy light bulbs; photo voltaic panels.

Measures:

Full details of measures installed:

  • 100mm of phenolic board as external insulation – it was a cold solid walled house.
  • TLX silver on inside of bedroom and kitchen outer walls and underfloor downstairs.
  • 200mm of rockwool on top of the old 750mm fibreglass loft insulation, and when the bay window was reroofed I had it insulated with Kingspan insulation.
  • Triple glazing on 4 windows and secondary glazing made of Perspex and reclaimed timber on 2 others.
  • New condensing gas Baxi boiler with TRVs and a portable Honeywell thermostat.
  • Extractor fan in the bathroom.
  • 225kWp photovoltaic solar panels on the roof.
  • Rain water collection to outside recycled plastic waterbutts from the main roof, bike racks made of reclaimed timber bolted to front drive.
Measures installed in detail:

  • Condensing boiler with TRVs
  • Draught proofing
  • External wall insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Low energy lighting
  • Low energy appliances
  • Loft insulation
  • Roof insulation
  • Solar PV
  • Triple and secondary glazing
  • Water saving devices
Benefits of work carried out:

The house feels much warmer even when heated to the same air temperature as before the work was done. It’s also much drier, and as a result what was a mould problem is no longer apparent. The photovoltaics generate considerably more energy than the house uses in a year, and I only spend about £300 per year on gas and electricity combined.

Favourite feature:

EWI – warmer, drier and I no longer live with a substantial mould problem. It even made the house more attractive.

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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.