Many of the UK’s homes are cold and draughty and have poor energy performance. If you own an older property then it’s always a good idea to invest in an energy check before you build.
Our London-based clients were planning to refurbish and extend their Victorian mid-terrace home. They had some basic architectural drawings, but wanted to look at their options before talking to local builders.
Our client’s home was cold, dark and, as it was very poorly insulated, it was also very expensive to heat.
Our clients wished to to reduce their home heating costs and get our independent sustainability expert to suggest the best ways to improve their existing house and construct the new extension. Their aim was to improve their home’s comfort and energy performance.
Working with their architectural plans, we carried out a full home energy check.
First, we fully reviewed the architectural designs and the current performance of the existing house. Then we looked at the options to improve the existing, poorly insulated building as well as the best way to construct the extension. This involved detailing the exact construction methods and estimating what energy savings could be made. We also advised on the associated heating system requirements.
In order to create an energy efficient house with the existing building structure, we recommended our clients apply external insulation to the outside of the house. We also detailed how they could insulate the loft and cellar spaces.
To make sure the extension would be energy efficient, we recommended a particular build specification for the extension – using SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). We also suggested the introduction of light-pipes through the loft into the design to give the upper floor landing more light.
As the orientation of the roof was highly suitable for generating electricity, we also strongly recommended the installation of a PV array and gave indications of the cost and potential payback for our clients.
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The best time to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home is when you’re carrying out renovation works. Remember building regulations are only a minimum legal standard – instead you should be making your property as sustainable as you can afford.
Doing this won’t just cut your carbon emissions and future-proof your investment. It’ll cut your utility bills and result in a cosier home too!