Open homes 2016


Grosvenor Road, London N10

The McIlroy family outside their home on Grosvenor Road

An Edwardian family on a corner plot with the following carbon saving features:

  • Focus upon maximum insulation where practical plus renewable heat (wood) and hot water (solar)
  • Wooden suspended floors with 80mm ‘Thermafleece’ sheeps wool insulation & boarding
  • All internal faces of external walls insulated with 10mm ‘Sempatap’ internal wall insulation
  • Attic roof insulation of 100mm Kingspan, plasterboard plus 10mm ‘Sempatap’
  • Refurbished sash windows with ‘Magneglaze’ secondary glazing on all windows
  • Draft reduction through double doors to attic (& letter box!), heavy curtains,
  • New condensing boiler, replaced old 15-20 year old boiler. TRVs added.
  • Two wood burning stoves (‘Clearview Vision’ in living room heats whole house)
  • 2 x 2m2 solar panels for thermal hot water with large well insulated tank (‘AOS Solar’)
  • Continuous running low energy heat recovery fan in bathroom (‘Vent Axia – Lo Carbon’)
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Water saving devices include; low flow shower, low flow washers in most taps
  • Living wall, pond and vegetables in garden plus pallet shed with green roof

Yewtree Close, N10

Owners Lucy Craig and Gordon Best outside their home
Owners Lucy Craig and Gordon Best outside their home

A timber-framed detached home built in the 1980s with the following carbon saving features:

  • Argon filled 12mm double glazing in aluminium frames (except on south side)
  • Kingspan “Thermwall”, 100mm rigid, foiled insulation, new ply board with sealed joints
  • Celotex GA400 100mm rigid roof insulation with foil backing
  • Celotex GA400 100mm rigid floor insulation with foil backing
  • New windows and door draught sealed
  • Air source heat pumps for underfloor heating and hot water
  • 16 photo voltaic panels with total 4kW peak
  • New high performance wood burning stove
  • 100% LED and some compact fluorescent
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Water saving: 1000ltr rainwater butts
  • Instant boiling water (no kettle)

Outram Road, N22

Green roof at 35 Outram Road

An Edwardian terrace home with a green roof.


Dukes Avenue N10


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Edwardian terraced house which has undergone a complete refurbishment to exacting green standards

  • loft and roof insulation,
  • Double glazing with bespoke new windows
  • Efficient lighting throughout
  • tanking and cellar insulation. 
  • Eco-refurbishment with retention of original features, eg stained glass, fireplace, flooring, internal doors

Palace Gates Road, N22

Ed and Cathy home

Semi-detached Victorian home which has undergone an extensive eco-renovation

  • Internal wall insulation to front elevation
  • External wall insulation to side and rear elevation.
  • Loft insulation
  • Double-glazing with trickle vents installed in all windows
  • 3.8kWp Solar PV, comprising 16 Panasonic south facing panels plus opti-immersion for hot water heating. Installation combined with renewal and strengthening of roof.
  • Gas boiler and radiator rationalisation
  • Replaced conventional and halogen lighting with energy saving.

Barrington Road, London N8

 Semi-detached Edwardian villa modernised to include the following features:
  • approach based on maximum insulation, water-saving and use of solar electricity and solar hot water
  • 50 mm of external insulation to side gable and extension walls
  • 55 mm of internal insulation to front and rear bays
  • part of loft floor covered with 270 mm Knauf loftroll, remainder has loftroll inserted to top of joists, and then laid with 50 mm of insulated MDF to form load-bearing surface
  • front windows and majority of other windows double-glazed
  • installation of new Worcester Bosch condensing boiler
  • provision of Uponor underfloor heating (wet system) to ground floor
  • installation of RainWater Harvesting rainwater catchment system – supplying 2 toilets & washing machine
  • dual flush WCs – giving 3.5 litre and 2.6 litre minimum flushes
  • 11W LED ceiling lights provided to wet-room
  • PV (Solar Electricity) installation of 12 x 235W ET Solar panels = 2.82 kW
  • evacuated tube solar water heater – Barilla Solar DeltaSol C Plus
  • all timber certificated as sustainable, and recycled plastic covering to bathroom wall

Nelson Road, N8
Crouch End flat with:

  • Solar PV and thermal panels
  • Low energy heating and lighting
  • Wildlife-friendly garden

Warner Road, N8

Edwardian 3-storey terraced house with:

  • thorough insulation and draught-proofing.
  • Ceiling insulation to top floor bedrooms and kitchen roof.
  • Double- and secondary glazing.

The Meadow Orchard Eco Hut

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  • Straw Bale wall
  • Cob wall
  • Reclaimed timber reciprocal roof
  • Double and triple glazed windows
  • Timber shutters made from re-purposed pallets
  • Rammed earth tyres
  • Clay plastering
  • Lime rendering
  • Passive solar design
  • Low impact building techniques
  • Locally  sourced materials
  • Cob pizza oven
  • Permaculture principles embedded in the design
  • Built by volunteers