Sat 15 Oct 2022, Various
When Philip and Rachel decided to renovate their home, they did so with the environment front of mind. They purchased their home in 2018 and quickly got to work with EcoDesign Consultants to devise a plan to add a two storey extension and retrofit their house to the highly insulated and airtight PassivHaus building standard. They started the work in 2020, and hope it will be completed by autumn this year. Already they’re feeling the benefits, with their home now keeping a steady temperature year round with only minimal heating needed in the winter. Their energy use has dropped by nearly 90%.
“We’ve always been environmentally conscious and we knew when we bought the house that it would need substantial work to make it a 3 bedroomed family home. We kept trying to work out a way to do it in stages but there was always a ‘chicken and egg’ issue, which meant it made more sense to try and do everything at once. We realised that we needed to treat the house as a whole system to get the full benefits of making it energy efficient. Having a warm roof didn’t make sense if we were losing large amounts of energy through the windows, for example. We also picked suppliers and manufacturers that fitted with our ethics and where possible, used recycled materials.
It was also important to us that the job was done well and would last, as it’s not eco to be re-doing the work 5 years down the line.”
Case Study with lots of useful links to suppliers and Contractors that Philip and Rachel used
1 hour in-person tour with a maximum of 8 people per tour, running:
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