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Would you like a house that’s more comfortable, cheaper to run and saves carbon emissions? Get tips and inspiration from York residents. York Open Eco Homes is an annual event which provides opportunities to visit living demonstrations of energy saving and other green living measures, learn from their experiences and share yours. This year we’re going online to share stories of home upgrades, such as those that could be covered by the Green Homes Grants offered by the UK government to any homeowner from the end of September. Join us on Zoom to have a look round:
This 1920s semi-detached house was substantially refurbished in 2018 to bring it to today’s standards. The new owners completely refurbished their village house, retrofitting the existing structure to a high standard of insulation and introduced new heating technology. Powered by a new photovoltaic array with battery storage, an air-source heat pump replaced the old oil-fired system, distributing the warmth via a newly installed underfloor heating system. Lars Kramm will share his experiences of how well all the systems operate and what difference they’ve made in increased comfort and financial savings.
Eco-retrofitted Victorian house (Knavesmire area) – bringing the past up to tomorrow’s standard
York architect Phil Bixby has eco-refurbished his Victorian end-terrace house, retrofitting the existing structure to a high standard of insulation (including fitting triple-glazed sash-lookalike windows) and creating two new single-storey extensions each to Passivhaus-standard levels of performance and with green roofs. Attention to airtightness means whole-house mechanical ventilation with heat recovery can work efficiently, and the resulting energy requirements are sufficiently low to allow simple electric heating. A substantial photovoltaic array (including novel use of the south-facing gable wall) and battery storage mean the overall energy requirements can be efficiently provided for by a mix of solar and off-peak electricity. The house has now been occupied for nearly two years and hence there is useful feedback on how all the systems operate.
DIY floor insulation project, aka “Housewarming Party” (Tang Hall)
It is perfectly possible to insulate most of your house by yourself but it certainly helps to have some expert guidance to minimise the risks associated with incorrect or badly installed measures. In April 2019, St Nicks Outreach Officer and founding member of York Community Energy Ivana Jakubkova organised a DIY floor insulation workshop led by Andy Walker from SURE Insulation. She’ll be sharing her experiences of letting a group of strangers rip her dining room apart so that the workshop participants could learn about insulation alongside like-minded people while actually installing some.
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