“The house was purchased at the end of 2014. It had an EPC of F and required a lot of work to make it comfortable and warm, so it was an opportunity to incorporate environmental improvements to reduce its carbon footprint. It took a year to find an architect, agree the plans and get building consent. Having spent two very cold winters in the house, in March 2016, the builders moved in and I moved out! I moved back in during September 2016 .The house has been transformed. The EPC now is B, and as a bonus it generates as much energy as it uses (and so is designated zero carbon/carbon neutral).”
WALLS AND FLOORS
External wall insulation: Pavatex Cost: £11,567.38
Internal wall insulation and loft: Pavatex Cost: £3,663.92
Underfloor insulation: KingSpan floor insulation (ground slab, membrane, insulation, screed and underlay and floor)
WINDOWS AND DOOR
Rationel (triple glazed) Cost: £17,596.08. £3,000 of this was paid by Haringey Council through their Smart Homes grant scheme (now finished) with money from the then Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Space heating: Morsø wood burning stove 4.3 kW capacity. Cost: £2,760 Wood purchased for winter 2016/2017 £100
Solar pv panels: 8 Panasonic 330Wp panels (4 facing east and 4 facing west). SMA Sunny Boy 3000 inverter. Scheme total power 3.2 kWp . Cost: £6,621.67
Water heating: Magic Box thermodynamic panel air source heat pump. Cost: £3,700
‘A’ rated, induction hob, refrigerator, deep freeze, washing machine (Bosch). LED lights throughout.
Envirovent Pl’V & MrV Loft Mounted Unit. Cost: £ 1,520