Our Flexible 1960s home: Retrofitting For the Electric Age - Oakington

Our Flexible 1960s home: Retrofitting For the Electric Age – Oakington

Sat 15 Oct 2022, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Meet your host, Paul

When Paul moved back into the family home following an accident at work, it spurred him and his mother to retrofit their home to future-proof it for the benefit both of their health and the environment. They made lots of lifestyle friendly changes, widening doorways, installing grab rails and easy clean fixtures and fittings, and improved thermal comfort and energy efficiency by increasing insulation and controlled ventilation. Paul also incorporated many smart electric features, installing solar PV, an air source heat pump, automated smart lights and an electric vehicle.

Paul says: “One of the main intentions of this renovation is to make living in the house easier, enabling us to live here longer. I moved back into the parental home in October 2016 due to becoming disabled, with the idea that by living with my mother we could hopefully look after each other, rather than struggle separately.  As a family, we have always been environmentally minded, and I think it was this factor that helped my mother to get on board with the proposed changes to our house, that she was not particularly in favour of originally, to now being very excited about it.”

PDF case study with more details.

Key Features of this home

  • Air source heat pump with Mixergy water cylinder
  • 4.76kW solar PV
  • Demand Control Ventilation
  • Icynene sprayfoam pitched roof insulation
  • Cork block and wood fibre wall insulation 
  • Adaptive LED lighting, with Lightwave switches, that match the body’s circadian rhythms
  • Green roof for water management
  • Cork flooring

Tour details

1 hour in-person tour with a maximum of 8 people per tour, running:

  • Sat 15 Oct, 3.30pm

This is an in-person tour. Location details will be sent in a confirmation email upon booking. Tour spaces are very limited. Babes in arms and young people (14+) are welcome.

Book your in-person tour

Standard entry is £5/person to help us cover our costs and help us run more Open Eco Homes tours in the future. Unpaid entry is available.

Paul’s top tips for being more energy efficient at home

  • Educate yourself – retrofit remains a niche subject; suppliers and trades are not ready
  • Plan – work out what can be done as a stand-alone improvement so that you can take advantage of any grants if they become available; 
  • Stand firm to your ideals – that’s the path to contentment


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Thanks to our 2022 Open Eco Homes funders and supporters

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