Green renovation doesn’t add much to the cost of build but we can show how that initial outlay can be recovered through savings that are made on gas and electricity.
We exhibited our Victorian House (shown above) at the Grand Designs Show and for the Create centre in Bristol – here’s what they said
“As a local authority environment centre, Urban Design Build’s Victorian house exhibit provided a great platform for our retrofit educational activities. We were pleased to be able to work in partnership as part of our programme of public events bringing the issues to life for ordinary people. These ‘RealRefurb’ sessions explored first stage repairs to the fabric of a property, different approaches to insulation and the installation of renewables on a typical terrace property.” ~ Create Centre, Bristol City Council, March 2012
For an Extension in Muswell Hill we made the house energy efficient by
- Using sheep’s wool insulation in the loft
- Insulation in the floor
- Removing plaster on exterior walls and fitting insulating plaster board
- Instead of deep concrete foundations for the extension we used a steel rod piling system which meant we saved on land fill
- All light bulbs were converted to LED
- Eco paints used on the walls reduced pollutants in the house.
For this refurbishment of a 1930’s house in Herefordshire which used electricity, oil and storage heaters we
- We installed solar PV (photo voltaic) panels and solar hot water. The house is now heated by low energy heating panels that consume a third of the energy.
- All the light bulbs converted to LED bulbs.
- The cavity walls were re-injected and new roof insulation installed.
- We installed eco-camel shower heads which use third of the water when you have a shower, this is important as the house is feed by a well.
- We fitted a wood burning stove