Visit old houses transformed into homes of the future
19 & 20 September 2015
Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly SuperHomes are hosting free Open Days this September. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for much greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions - at least 60% less! This means that visitors can expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own homes.
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Sanya Polescuk at her SuperHome – one of 5 to visit in Camden on 19 & 20 September
In Camden, five SuperHomes will be opening their doors on the 19 & 20 September as part of Open House London. This will be a chance to view the inspirational energy and design improvements Sanya Polescuk and Nigel Hggins have made to their 19th century Victorian Mews house. This home now accommodates a family of five and an award-winning design studio. The property is in a conservation area so the alterations were sensitively planned.
To keep the original features of the façade, internal wall insulation was used. The old windows were retained where possible, but enhanced with secondary glazing or refitted with super-thin double glazed units. Where new windows or skylights were installed they were triple glazed. A new condensing boiler and wood stove now heat the house; with solar thermal delivering additional hot water. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is used in the bathroom to retain warmth whilst removing moisture.
Four other Camden SuperHomes will open over the same weekend. One has external wall insulation to the rear. Another has an early trial installation of internal wall insulation using the patented WHISCERS low mess approach. A third has breathable wood fibre internal wall insulation and the fourth shows you what can be done to refurbish a top floor flat. Two of the SuperHomes are in Belsize Park and two are in the Dartmouth Park area, making it easy to visit more than one home.
SuperHomes are some of the UK homes most improved for energy use, making them fit for the future. Most have superior insulation; many have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy. In every SuperHome you can learn about a range of installed technologies. Tours and Q&A sessions will let you quiz the owners, so you can discover what worked and get frank feedback on anything that didn’t.
You can visit over 50 refurbished Victorian, Edwardian and post-war properties in September. The events are coordinated by the National Energy Foundation and supported by Green Open Homes. Entry is free.
To find out more or to pre-book a place on a free tour, visit SuperHomes.