Efficient Superhome from a Victorian Townhouse: The Nottingham Ecohome
Victorian Home Retrofit Cuts Emissions 38 FoldGreen building is a vital tool in our quest for a sustainable future - but while sleek, modern ecohomes make headlines, the question still remains as to what to do with our existing, inefficient housing stock. The Nottingham Ecohome in the UK offers a tantalizing glimpse of what is possible - showing how a typical Victorian town house can be converted into a virtually fossil fuel free superhome. Click below the fold to find out more about the features that make the ecohome special, and to take a video tour with owner Penney Poyzer. Penney and her partner Gil Schalom have been hard at work for over ten years converting their home into what they hope will prove a model for other retrofits. Along the way they've cut their gas bills to just UK£20 a year (US$30), and their modelled domestic CO2 emissions from 19 tonnes to just half a tonne. How have they done it? Here are a few of the features:
- Solar water heating- Roof insulation 300/400mm (12-16'') thick - 150mm (6'') exterior wall insulation- Heat recovering fans- Induction cooktop and comined microwave/oven- Dual flush toilets- Rainwater harvesting- LED lighting
And there's plenty more where that came from. Find the full list of features over at the Nottingham Ecohome website, take a look at The Guardian's rundown of the ecohome, or check out the video below. Even better, if you're in the area the home offers educational tours as part of the Superhomes Network - spreading the word so that one day all this will just be an everyday, normal dwelling. While you're at it, check out our list of links on environmentally friendly retrofits after the video.
More on sustainable renovation and retrofitsPlanet Green: Renovation NationThe Carbon Footprint of Renovation vs New ConstructionGreening Our Existing Housing Stock: The Eco-Renovation NetworkThe Global Energy Efficiency Retrofit ProgramFree Eco Makeover for 7 Million UK HomesTreehugger Picks: Green Home ImprovementExtreme Makeover Doing Extreme Green