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Whole house retrofit? What is it?

Eco retrofit, Eco renovation, Sustainable building, Low energy building are all different names for what we do, but Whole house retrofit fits us best.

Whole house Retrofit is a process of upgrading your home to make it more energy efficient. The aim is to lower energy bills, lower carbon emissions and improve comfort.
Homes in the UK are some of the worst performing homes in Europe and our energy bills are some of the highest. They are cold in winter and too hot in summer.
We plan the work around 4 principles:
Continuous insulation around the outside of the home.
Reducing drafts and making the home more airtight.
Reducing thermal bridges which helps reduce problems with condensation and mould.
Installing high performance triple glazed windows.

Building Fabric

The walls, floors, roof and windows are the building fabric.
By carefully improving these we can lower your bills by as much as 80%.
Loft insulation is the most common upgrade, and you’d think that we had improved all the lofts in the UK. But there’s still about 1/3 of all lofts that haven’t been touch yet! Getting loft insulation upgraded to current standards is a very easy process.
You could add internal or external insulation to the walls, if it was suitable. Insulated walls can lower the energy of your home significantly. But if its done incorrectly it can lead to problems with mould and condensation.
The trickiest job to do is floor insulation. You need to pay careful attention to ensure there are no unintended consequences further down the road.
Installing triple glazing can transform a home from cold and drafty to a warm and comfortable eco home.
It doesn’t have to be completed all at once, it can be done in stages. We can help you plan whats important so you know what and where to tackle first.

Upgrade your home

The perfect time to consider upgrading your home is when you’re planning a renovation.
Sometimes the only way that an area of your home can be upgraded is during a renvovation. For example, if you want to insulate the floor of your kitchen, it best to do this when the kitchen has been removed.
Another example would be to add internal insulation when you decide to redecorate a bedroom. The disruption is minimised and the job is only done once.

Fabric first

We use a fabric first approach which tackles the building fabric first.
Lower the energy demand first. Before adding the fancy stuff, like heat pumps, solar panels or batteries.
By lowering the demand for energy to a minimum the size of the heating system you need is also reduced. The cost of running it is lowered too. Thats a win, win, win situation.
Now who wouldn’t want that?