SuperHome Database

Oxford, Foxton Close

House Summary

Owner(s):
Gabi Kaiser

House Type:
1974 detached bungalow

Carbon saving:
60% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Reported saving on bills:
30%


  • Foxton Close SH

Measures installed:

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

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Personal story:

I have been working in the environmental field for all my professional life – so it seems only right to practice what you preach. Saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint starts at home and we tried to do that.

Motivations:

Our main motivation was to convert a 1970s bungalow into a modern energy efficient family home over a couple of years. We had no great masterplan but did a step by step retrofit tackling one area at a time.

Property background:

Our bungalow was built in the 1970s and not benefited from any refurbishment until we bought it 10 years ago. Our approach for retrofit was bascially step by step each year we took one measure starting with the most urgent and low cost ones: cavity wall and loft insulation first, then replacement of the single glazed windows, then replacement of the boiler and so forth.

Key changes made:

Our most important changes were cavity and loft insulation, replacement of windows, solid wall insulation and replacement of the boiler. All of these measures helped us to reduce the amount of energy we use substantially. After these simple measures we built a timber frame extension and put solar panels on the roof of our home.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Double glazing throughout, Uvalue- 1.1
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • 150 mm loft insulation
  • 5 cm external insulation on one wall that was not a cavity wall of the original bungalow, and 15 cm on timber frame extension
  • 15 cm floor insulation in extension
  • Roof insulation between rafters
  • Eco condensing boiler with remote heat controls as well as TRVs on all radiators
  • 1KWp Photo Voltaic panels
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Water saving devices is include, water saving cisterns on loos
Benefits of work carried out:

the overall benefit of the work we have carried out over the years has been the reduction in energy costs / heating but also an increase in thermal comfort.

Favourite feature:

Our timberframe extension to the back of the house making the L-shaped bungalow into a u-shaped building. Indirect solar gain through big glass frames & external wall instulation makes us save on heating.

Project update:

We have currently replaced our glass blocks in the entrance area with a big triple glazed panel by rationel

Updated on 06/07/2014

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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.