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Concerns about energy and climate change led to a career change from the City to another degree and then a job at Parity Projects helping homeowners and housing providers work out the best options for their properties.
I’ve also got a young family and wanted to do the best by them too.
We were renting a small damp end of terrace with large bills and mould on the cold walls. We needed a larger house and wanted it to be dry and warm and cheap to run.
The property was originally built in the 1870s and by the time we bought it in 2011 it had old electric storage heaters, a gas fire and a hot water only gas boiler (under 65% efficient). The house was in need of some care and much of the plaster had blown.
As house use has changed, the small kitchen would no longer have met our needs to we decided to extend at the same time.
A second extension enclosed the alley that led to the front door on the side of the house. This effectively stops the heat losses through the very hard to treat side wall.
We took the house back to brick and joists and built it up again. We rewired and re-plumbed. All fabric elements were insulated, an efficient heating system added with 4 zone control. PV and solar thermal also added.
The house is warm and dry. Although we haven’t finished plugging all the holes yet, the bills are keeping low.
Internally insulated walls. Rooms keep nice and warm, there are no damp patches and rooms heat up quickly (often with just bodies in them!)