SuperHome Database

Sheffield, Heeley, Shirebrook Road

House Summary

Rob Last

House Type:
Victorian semi detached built of local stone

Carbon saving:
61% - SuperHomes Assessed  

  • Porch_Shirebrook Road
  • Internal wall insulation_Shirebrook Road
  • Wood Stove_Shirebrook Road

Measures installed:

  • Ceiling insulation
  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Floor Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Secondary glazing
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

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Personal story:

I am a part-time Maths and Physics teacher and my partner is a full time university lecturer.


We got a bit of a shock years ago when we became aware of climate change and after looking into it decided that we wanted to reduce our carbon footprint. We have looked at everything and we have changed our life. Part of this is being in the Green Triangle, three roads that make a triangle in the centre of Sheffield, which consist of a lot of like minded people who all share the aim of reducing our carbon footprint. We work together to share knowledge and skills with each other.

We moved into the house in 2006 and had an extremely uncomfortable first weekend. It wasn’t a particularly cold winter but the house was cold, damp and mouldy. We were sleeping under double duvets to try and stay warm! We decided that we needed to do something so we looked into making the house more energy efficient. We were aware of the green benefits of improving the house but we also wanted to improve our comfort. I have asthma and we didn’t think the mould or the cold were particularly good for this. We could afford the fuel bills in the original property but thinking of the long term and in the knowledge that fuel prices were going to go up, we knew we wouldn’t be able to keep up with future fuel prices. We intended to live here for life – which made it worth doing.

Property background:

This Victorian semi-detached house, of local stone, was built between 1880 and 1890. We bought it because we wanted the big garden which we could spill out into in the summer. However the home is too big for just two people so we have lodgers. When we first bought the property it was damp, cold, mouldy and uncomfortable.

Key changes made:

We could only do one room at a time and we worked in order of installing measures that make the biggest savings first. We also worked top-down, insulating the attic room first because if you work from the bottom up you can get damp problems. We draught proofed and then insulated from the attic down, including internal wall and floor insulation. Other measures installed since include a wood burning stove and PV panels.

Measures installed in detail:

• Ceiling insulation using polystyrene laminate in the attic and sheep’s wool in the ceiling in the cellar
• New condensing boiler, TRVs on all radiators
• All windows draught proofed
• Double glazing
• Floor insulation
• Internal solid wall insulation using 50mm phenolic plasterboard laminate. Gyprock and Kingspan laminate used
• Low energy appliances
• Low energy lighting throughout
• 2.72 kWp Solar PV system
• Secondary glazing with perspex sheets fixed to the inside of windows in the attic
• Toilet has been modified to save water
• Wood burning stove

Benefits of work carried out:

The house is much more comfortable because it is dry and warm. However, we do tend to keep the attic colder as the insulation is not as good here and we can’t really keep the attic warm using the wood burning stove.

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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.