SuperHome Database

Reading, Eastern Avenue

House Summary

Jonathan Gregory

House Type:
Victorian 1873 semi-detached

Carbon saving:
64% - SuperHomes Assessed  

  • Reading PV
  • Reading SH
  • Reading PV
  • Home Energy Import Graph(2016)

Measures installed:

  • Ceiling insulation
  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Floor Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Triple Glazing
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

Upcoming events

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What visitors are saying

“This is the second year I have attended a SuperHome. After the first visit last year in Winchester, I installed 300mm of Celotex into the Dormer Roof and walls. Installed 4kw PV, then installed a Condensing boiler and also insulated the cavity in lounge wall and fitted A rated DG windows. Busy now rerunning the heating pipes on the surface of the walls downstairs instead of buried in the cold concrete slab. After this visit in Reading we plan to fit a wood burning stove and fit rain harvesting tanks below the ground and in the loft. We are looking forward to becoming a super home!”

"Excellent visit ... our host was very knowledgeable ... as we went round, the questions and experiences of other visitors were also valuable."

"It was a fascinating visit. Great to talk to the owner about their experience of living in the house and hear how comfortable and efficient ... also exciting to see reuse of materials."

"Useful education about measures that can be taken to improve energy efficiency."

"The owner was very knowledgeable and provided information to take away."

"Very inspiring. Great to see what can be achieved!"

"Excellent tour. A handout with further technical information was given out at the end and this was a really appreciated."

We have been inspired to measure our energy use to see where we may make reductions in our energy use.”

”I got some useful ideas for my own project, particularly with regard to wall insulation.”

“Really friendly tour, very informative.”

Key changes made:

• Large windows in sitting and dining room replaced with wood-framed double-glazed to look like originals, u=1.9 W m-2 K-1. All other original wooden windows replaced with uPVC double-glazed u=1.5 W m-2 K-1. New triple-glazed kitchen windows and back door with u=0.7 W m-2 K-1. New dormer windows constructed to modern building regulations with double-glazed windows.
• Kitchen extension to provide a new external wall with cavity insulation, 100 mm of Celotex, u=0.20 W m-2 K-1 approximately.
• Internal insulation on original exterior kitchen wall, first-floor bedroom walls and ground-floor front room wall, 100 mm of Celotex, u=0.20 W m-2 K-1 approximately.
• 200 mm Celotex beneath the kitchen floor, u=0.10 W m-2 K-1 approximately.
• 190 mm Celotex between and above the ceiling joists in the one-storey kitchen extension and the loft above the rear extension, and 125 mm Celotex between and below the rafters of the sloping ceiling of the rear extension (the room is partly below the roof)
• New brick wall built outside the original gable-end solid brick wall, area about 60 m2, containing 200 mm Celotex external insulation, u=0.12 W m-2 K-1
• 70 mm Celotex loft insulation between ceiling joists of top floor
• Multifoil insulation stapled to rafters in the loft
• Original basement floor replaced with a concrete slab including some insulation
• Vaillant condensing boiler with house thermostat and programmable controller. All radiators have TRVs
• Solar water heating panel, NEG Suntube MP6-3000 evacuated tubes, 2.6 m2
• Solar photovoltaic electricity generation by 6 Sanyo 215 Wp panels (1.3 kWp total) and 4 Sanyo 235 Wp panels (0.94 kWp total)
• Wood-burning stove, Burley Hollywell 5 kW
• Low energy lighting throughout
• Low energy appliances throughout
• Water saving drop valve, which has a full and a half-flush, installed in one of the three WCs

Measures installed in detail:

  • Wood and uPVC framed double and triple glazing
  • Internal wall insulation in kitchen, first floor bedrooms and ground floor front room
  • Loft and roof insulation
  • New brick wall built against gable end and cavity insulated
  • Floor insulation under kitchen and basement floor concrete slab
  • Condensing boiler with controls and TRVs
  • 2.6 m2 Solar water heating panel
  • 2.2 kWp Solar PV systems
  • 5kW wood burning stove
  • Low energy lighting
  • Low energy appliances
  • Water saving devices include dual flush toilet
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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.