Home energy audit of a Wiltshire 19th Century Farmhouse
Home energy audit
Carrying out a bespoke, independent home energy audit is the best way to ensure you create a truly energy efficient home. Getting expert sustainability advice, tailored to your specific needs is critical to ensure that the specifications are right for you and your family. A CLPM home energy audit can help you make the most of your building’s energy performance.
Our Wiltshire-based clients were planning to refurbish and improve a large 19th century farmhouse and were looking for guidance on how create an energy efficient home for their family.
They wanted to determine the best way to improve their building’s energy performance and wanted independent heating advice to help them choose the correct size and type of heating and hot water system for their needs. They were also interested in whether or not a PV array might be an appropriate addition to their plans.
Our first step was to understand the needs of our clients by discussing the issues they had and how they lived in their property and what plas they had for the future. As the building was poorly insulated and using oil and was not served by gas, a number of insulation and green technology options were then looked into. The CLPM sustainability team looked at the current construction of the house and determined its current energy performance. We then looked at the best ways of enhancing its insulation package and proposed the best range of actions, room by room and area by area.
The recommendations included insulating the solid ground floor prior to them being re-laid, increasing the loft insulation, adding insulated plasterboard to external walls of the house where practically possible. We also proposed deleting the trickle vents from the double glazing specification and installing a mechanical heat recovery system.
For heating, we recommended the installation of a bio-mass boiler and specified the appropriate size. We also proposed that an under-floor and radiator combined heating system be run off it, as well as highly energy efficient wood burning stoves. It was suggested that the best location for a PV array was on an outbuilding adjacent to the house. This was again fully specified, costed and the payback calculated to allow our clients to decide their course of action.
CLPM Services used by our clients:-
Home energy audit and sustainability review with heating system and renewables advice.
“The service was very helpful and friendly”Mrs R, Wiltshire
At CLPM we always aim to deliver a bespoke service, tailored to the individual situation of our clients. If you are interested in a home energy audit and energy usage advice we’d welcome the opportunity to have a chat.