August 2011: The Sustainable Energy Academy’s Superhome initiative seeks to establish “a network of exemplar, old dwellings which have undergone an energy-efficiency retrofit and are local and publicly accessible, within 15 minutes, to nearly everyone in the country”. A number of these highly energy efficient Superhomes can be visited during London’s Open House Weekend on 17 and 18 September 2011 including:
- A 3 bedroom Victorian house in Belsize Park
- A Victorian terrace house in Camberwell
- A Victorian mid terrace maisonette in Hanwell
- A 1930’s end of terrace house in Finchley
- A Victorian terraced house in Twickenham; and
- A 24 year old Self-build house in Walters Way, Honour Oak Park in Lewisham.
Many of the homes have managed to achieve CO2 reductions of 60%+ using a variety of measures ranging from draught proofing, triple glazing and high levels of insulation (external and internal wall insulation, flooring insulation and flat roof insulation) to LED lighting, sun pipes, PV, solar thermal, micro wind turbines and also wood burning stoves. Find out more by visiting these Superhomes. The links above provide details of how to book a tour.