SuperHome Database

London, Kingston, Woodbines Avenue

House Summary

Martin and Veronica Birley

House Type:
1910 Edwardian, Arts and Crafts style

Carbon saving:
65% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Total invested:

  • SH 129

Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Water Saving Devices

Upcoming events

Early interest in Open Days encourages SuperHome owners to host more events. If you'd like to visit this property please contact the owner and let them know. SuperHomers are often happy to respond to questions about their refurbishment project by email between times. Please read ‘more on contacting this SuperHomer’ before you make contact.

What visitors are saying

"Friendly welcome - very interesting talk. Changes made to this age of house which would work on mine."

“Very friendly and helpful host- impressive range of improvements.”

“Very interesting and inspiring.”

"The owner presented a range of ideas... demonstrating that meaningful improvements can be made in a home you are already living in rather than gutting a house and starting from scratch. He provided a very useful page of take away info - ideas, suppliers, materials"

Personal story:

I have a phd in ecology and a lifetime of work in international public health. I am a founder member of TransitionTown Kingston and a winner of the green guardian s.w. London award.


We are very concerned about climate change and about energy scarcity. As well as domestic energy, we try to change our travel and eating habits. We have reduced car use by about 80%.

Property background:

1910 arts and crafts semi on three floors without cavity walls in desirable location.

Key changes made:

External cladding
PV on roof
Draft proofing
Low energy lights and white goods
Mechanical heat recovery in bathroom
Lowering thermostat

Measures installed in detail:

  • Some secondary glazing, some A rated new double glazing
  • Draught stripped
  • External cladding, 50mm Kingspan Celotex
  • 50mm Kingspan Celotex & 100mm mineral wool roof insulation
  • One room has mechanical heat recovery system
  • Condensing boiler with hw cylinder. TRVs, programmer and thermostat. Wood stove providing 5% zone 1 heating. 2 zones
  • 1.23 KWpeak Photo Voltaic panels
  • Low energy Lighting throughout
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Water saving devices include; harvesting rainwater and shower water
  • Other measures in place; Bikes, electric bike, bike trailer. Hollow plastic tiling in shower. Thermal lining on curtains. Chimney balloon.
Benefits of work carried out:

External clashing reduced gas consumption by 23-30%, still finding out exact figure. Pv panels reduced electricity consumption by about 25%, we only have small roof area available. Return on investment for pvs is 10%.

There is still much more refurbished to do!

Favourite feature:

External cladding makes house cozy

Project update:

Chimney damper. Have a blacksmith building me one.
Bought a more intelligent thermostat.
Still some roof voids that need insulating

Updated on 16/08/2013

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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.