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Faversham, St Anne’s Road

House Summary

Claire Wright

House Type:
3-storey 1870 Victorian end of terrace

Carbon saving:
60% - SuperHomes Assessed  

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Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

Upcoming events

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What visitors are saying

"Great to see a real improvement scheme and to speak to the people involved and ask questions."

"The hosts were energized and informative. It was very useful and interesting to talk to them."

Personal story:

Our 1870 Victorian semi had many problems and we wanted to solve them in the greenest way we could afford.  We like older houses and recognise that they are often very energy hungry, but we don’t like big energy bills, so we wanted to improve the insulation as much as we could.


Firstly, our house needed a lot of work and it made sense to improve its energy efficiency at the same time. We intended to stay in the house for a long time, making the payback period more economic. We did also want to do the renovations using as low impact materials as we could, so there was a less tangible ‘green’ motivation alongside the practicality. The main thing we did was insulate our solid walls. What made it cost effective in our case was that our walls needed re-rendering anyway.

Property background:

The main issues we had on moving into the house were damp, partly caused by the cracked external render, an ailing boiler, inadequate loft insulation, leaky roof and drainage problems.

Key changes made:

As there was so much to do we consulted a local green architect for ideas of the best way to tackle the problems in a single project.  He suggested external wall insulation, which has probably contributed the most to our reduced emissions (and, hopefully, energy bills this forthcoming first winter).  We now have 10cm of insulation on the side of the house and 20cm at the back.  We replaced the broken boiler with a new one, along with solar hot water on the small section of south facing roof. Loft insulation was the last thing to be tackled after the roof was fixed and an insulated loft hatch put in.

Measures installed in detail:

• Condensing boiler with controls
• Double glazing in existing and new windows
• Draught stripped and overhauling old windows and fitted high performance timber windows at the rear of the property. A new glazed door is also high performance timber
• 200mm External wall insulation (100mm insulation on the side wall on the road due to space restrictions)
• Loft insulation topped up
• Low energy appliances
• Low energy lights
• Solar thermal panels
• Water saving measures include water butts and Interflush system on toilets
• Wood stove

Common questions and answers for this SuperHome

What was the name of the architect you used? And where did you get the materials?+

The architect we used is based in Canterbury and is called Conker Conservation. A lot of the materials came from Ecomerchant in Graveney.

How did you add 10cm of external wall insulation to the street wall without taking up pavement?+

The answer is that we did take 10cm of pavement, for which we got planning permission.   The key was to talk with the planning dept during the process so the application didn’t come as a surprise.

Which external wall insulation system and installer did you use?+

Our external insulation is the German Sto system, installed by Beaumont Facades.

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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.