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.

Penarth eco-refurbishment

Penarth eco-refurbishment

The UK government is already legally committed to an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050, (from 1990 levels), and has accepted since the Paris climate deal that eventually there’ll have to be a 100% reduction. Architect Nigel Humphrey wanted to ensure that the refurbishment of his own home reflected

Eco-refurb of neglected community hall

Westgate Hall in the heart of Canterbury was constructed around 1908 as a drill hall for the Rifle Volunteers. It served the military throughout the first and second world wars before being taken over by the Council in the 1960s and became a popular dance hall and community centre.

The risks of retrofit – heritage issues

Heritage building in Bath, UK

Respecting heritage in retrofit In this, the second report on the subject, Kate de Selincout wonders if the ‘tension’ between airtightness and health is blinding other important issues such as the trade-offs that we are often faced with between conservation values and energy efficiency. These can be felt very tangable. While