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London, Ealing, Willow Road

House Summary

Paul Loboda
House Type:
1930 two storey
Carbon saving:
75% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Measures installed:

  • Ceiling insulation
  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Eco materials
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Floor Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Sunpipe
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

  • Garden
  • Mineral wool insulation
  • Wood stove
  • Condensing boiler

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Personal story:

I’ve always been interested in ecology, eco design and sustainability. My profession is in renovation and conservation of buildings, so I was interested in the ecology of a building and what you can do to stop decaying the house’s brickwork, tiles and everything else. Over the years, I began to wonder how much of an improvement it could make. So over five or six years, I read and studied. I went to the Open University and studied at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. Then after gaining the knowledge I decided to start a business. Everyone wanted to know, if I was going to do this work to their home, had I done it to my own? I couldn’t come up with an answer and I thought that this would be the living proof that you can achieve improvement on a budget – whilst simultaneously saving money and helping the environment.


I run an eco building company which deals with sustainability, using green and recycled products. I’m a designer as well, so I look at the aesthetics. It’s not only about building something which is functional – it has to be good looking as well. So the motivation to do my own home is linked to the company motivation. I spend my time at work improving other people’s homes, now it’s time to improve my own home as well.

Property background:

This two story house was built in the 1930s.

Measures installed in detail:

• 100 mm Kingspan k8 ceiling insulation
• New condensing boiler Vaillant 637 eco tech
• A rated double glazed windows throughout
• Draught proofing throughout
• Pro-clima membrane and tapes added to roofs, around windows, doors and floors (not tested)
• Other measures: rubber recycled roof tiles, natural clay paint, permeable drive, eco recycled decking and under floor heating
• 100 mm external platinium insulation
• 150 eco slab on floors for floor insulation
• 300 mm warmcel loft insulation
• Low energy appliances
• All lights are LED or energy efficient
• Velux solar panels with hot water storage cylinder and 50mm water pipe insulated
• 2 x sun tubes
• Water saving devices include; water harvester, reuse to toilet and washing machine and gardens, shower and bath fitted with water saving devices
• Wood burning stove for living room

Benefits of work carried out:

Basically I’ve proved that you can take a typical 1930s ex-Council house, turn it into a SuperHome without spending a fortune on it and make substantial savings.

Favourite feature:

My favourite features are definitely the external insulation, underfloor heating and the solar hot water. I was just surprised how good they are. And the sun tubes give you a lot of really good natural lighting.

Common questions and answers for this SuperHome

Does the 100mm external wall insulation stick out where it meets the roof?+

My roof over hung the wall by about 300mm so losing 100mm was not an a issue.

Does you external wall insulation stop above ground level creating a lip?+

I have gone below ground level at the walls with the insulation to insulate as much as possible. As I have a concrete floor this will prevent any cold bridging.

Did you move your windows as part of fitting external wall insulation?+

No I did not move any windows. I have extended the windows sills and made them slope so water runs off off them. There are no shading issues at all with 100mm insulation on the outside.

Did you change the way doors and windows opened to work with the external wall insulation?+

My existing windows remain in the same position, as they are upvc they had a substantial frame. I have insulated the reveals with thinner insulation of 40mm depth.

Would you have done anything differently with the external wall insulation in retrospect?+

Not at all. I still love it and it works perfectly.

Did you strip off the pebble dash before adding the external wall insulation?+

No, we didn’t strip the pebble. We removed the loose stuff and repaired any gaps where render was cracking/falling off.

Because the pebble wasn’t thick and had been painted it presented a flat enough contact surface for attaching the polystyrene.

Had it been just original pebble, particularly of the thicker variety, we’d have either first rendered it or stripped it back to the brick if the condition was poor. If you do render pebble dash you must be sure it’s 100% dried before you insulate using polystyrene.

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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.