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 […]

Smarter investment for housing associations – CROHM vs EPC recommendations

If you are looking for a way to improve the energy efficiency of your worst performing stock then you might turn to your EPC certificate for recommendations. However, Parity have shown impressive savings can be made by using the minimum SAP analysis as part of the CROHM (Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers) stock assessment […]

A review of ‘Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards’ , Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government.

One key area of retrofit that we are repeatedly asked about by Home Energy Masterplan clients is solid wall insulation (SWI). This isn’t surprising when you consider that there are over 8 million homes in the UK with solid, uninsulated walls. It’s also one of the retrofit measures with the greatest potential savings. It was […]

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 […]

Parity Projects at 10 years old

On 5th September 2015 it was Parity Projects’ 10th birthday. Russell Smith our MD summed up what the tens years have meant to him on the evening of the 17th September when we had a small celebration. This is what he said. ———————————————————————– Hi everyone. Lovely to see you all here tonight. Its been 10 […]

Parity Staff Discuss our Cycle to Work Scheme

At Parity we always try our best to practice what we preach. That’s why just under a year ago we launched our own cycle to work scheme. Unlike the cycle to work schemes provided by some employers as part of the UK Government’s Green Transport Initiative which offer a purchase payment plan for new bikes, our […]

Comparison to Passivhaus – update

Way back in September 2013 we posted a piece comparing our demo house to Passivhaus and Enerphit.  I’ve provided updated figures here based on our actual bills for 2014: The figures pretty much speak for themselves. Remember, we didn’t follow Passivhaus, we just followed sensible principles, worked out the cost effective solutions applicable to our house, […]

Renewable Heat Incentive for our Demo House

I eventually got round to applying for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for the solar thermal system on our demo house. We’d previously received £300 from the Renewable Heat Incentive Premium Payment which rightly reduces the amount we will received. (not the best picture but the solar thermal is in the middle on the flat […]