Porter’s: a passivhaus – and a zero carbon house?

Porter’s: A Passivhaus – and a zero carbon house?

Porter’s was built for me, David and my wife Penny Learmonth in 2011-12 by Touchwood Homes and featured in Vol.23 (Autumn 2013) of Green Building magazine. Recently – and it did take a long time – we received Passive House Certification (ID 5042) and proudly display the sign beside

Unloved home renovation – SuperHomer style!

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for much greater comfort, lower bills and far lower carbon emissions

We’ve all seen the high end refurbishment projects in the glossy magazines, with their designer furniture, high spec building services and renewables and highly aspirational performance targets. This case study bucks the trend, demonstrating that deep whole house refurbishments can be delivered in a pragmatic way on a limited budget.

Stoneworks Garth – first certified passivhaus in Cumbria – part 1

Stoneworks Garth - first certified passivhaus in Cumbria

Cheryl Hitchcock and Dudley Thompson were living and working in a large Victorian end of terrace house in Kendal. However, working from home meant keeping a large old house warm all day every day and, despite all attempts to improve the energy efficiency (roof insulation, double glazing, door and window