A record breaking home! Energy figures for 2015

Ok, so its our own record, but we’ve had the lowest calendar year energy usage for our demo house so far. I’m putting it down to 3 changes over last year – a) slightly lower occupancy with the children being out at school b) a very mild 12 months c) some remediation work to some […]

Some thoughts on low energy retrofit this autumn

Now that we’re officially into autumn, it’s fast approaching that time of year again when many of us (myself included) start thinking about how soon is ‘too soon’ to stick the heating on. Having spent most of last week working in the Lake District I can tell you that for some that time is already […]

Retrofit decisions: the role of EPCs & Green Deal Assessments

When looking to choose the right option from many available, whatever the setting, it’s a good approach to look at the extremities of choice and work in towards your favoured position. Some choices are easier to make than others of course; a new toaster – 2 or 4 slots, colour, energy rating, price. I personally […]

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Minimum Energy Performance Standards Consultation

This morning DECC has published its consultation on proposed minimum energy performance standards for domestic and non-domestic privately rented properties. We’ve already worked with a number of private landlords, as well as undertaking some research for the UK-GBC and WWF, to show that meeting these standards needn’t be expensive or difficult if retrofit programmes are […]

Does Retrofit Really Work?

In asking the question “does retrofit really work?”, you first need to decide what you mean. Some argue, for example, that the rebound effect – people turning up their heating when their home has been insulated – means that it doesn’t. The counter-argument is that if people want to use their savings to make their […]

Home Energy Masterplan National Coverage

We thought it would be interesting to work up a quick graphic of where we’ve carried out our award winning Home Energy Masterplan service throughout the UK. The image below shows the location of all Masterplan assessments carried out since 2005 based on postcode. You’ll spot some patterns, for example, the fact that we get […]