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Terraced House gets 100 year service

A refurbishment of this Edwardian house in 2004 resulted in a warm, comfortable home with a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The wooden floor downstairs was lifted, stripped and relaid, with 100mm recycled newspaper insulation underneath.
The heat lost through the walls has been reduced by over 75% with 60mm wood-fibre insulation boards fitted on the inside and plastered with lime.
Natural paints and wood oils are from a variety of manufacturers.

Water conservation: dual-flush toilets and flow regulators on taps and showers.
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The loft conversion

The loft conversion was completed in 2007. It exceeds insulation requirements for Building Regulations, uses high-performance timber windows and slates from the original roof. Recessed ceiling lights were avoided in order to maintain the continuity of the roof insulation. External window blinds reduce overheating in summer.

Rain-/Grey water

Rainwater and greywater (from the washbasin, bath and shower) are collected for use in the garden.


An effiecient gas condensing boiler provides heating and hot water, contralled by a progrmmable thermostat.

Other appliances

White goods are A rated and most lights use energy-saving bulbs (not left on stand- by)

In 2006 the house (before the loft conversion) used 10,750 kWh gas and 1,550 kWh electricity, emitting 2.8 tonnes CO2 (about half of the UK average). A solar water heater and a biomass stove would save about another 10%.

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