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Visit older homes renovated for 5 star carbon saving comfort

superhome open days

The pioneering owners of 60 SuperHomes will host free Open Days this September showing how
5 star carbon saving comfort can be achieved in older family homes.

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions – at least 60% less! This makes them some of the UK homes most improved for energy use.

Rear view of Birmingham zero carbon SuperHome

SuperHome Open Days aim to provide inspiration and actionable ideas for greening your own home. Each of the 60 homes opening in September presents the opportunity to see a range of retrofit technologies in a single visit. Most SuperHomes have superior insulation; many have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy.

Nearly all SuperHomes are owned, lived in and have been refurbished by private homeowners. These early adopters can explain both the benefits and challenges involved in a major refurbishment project. During Open Day tours and Q&A sessions you can discover what worked and get frank feedback on anything that didn’t.

The SuperHomes network, which is coordinated by the National Energy Foundation, has won multiple awards. These include, in June this year, a Sustainable Energy Europe Award from the European Commission. The network is UK wide and includes examples of renovated Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and post-war properties.

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£25 million pounds of vouchers now issued for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

After only four weeks over £25 million pounds worth of vouchers have now been issued by the UK government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. This is over half of the initial £50 million which is part of a £540 million three year package announced by the government in December 2013.


At the one month milestone, 4405 households in England and Wales are already taking advantage of the new scheme which offers up to £7600 for energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, new heating systems and double glazing. With the current rates guaranteed for the first £50 million, people should act now enjoy the benefits of a warmer, greener home and lower energy bills.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, said:

“With the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund off to such an encouraging start, it’s the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Act now, get money for the improvements and enjoy a warmer home and lower energy bills this winter.”

The new £7600 incentive offered to households is split into a number of parts; £1000 is given for installing two measures from an approved list of renovations, £100 is available towards the cost of an the initial assessment and £6000 is on offer for the expensive procedure of installing solid wall insulation. Those who’ve bought their property within 12 months of application to the scheme are also eligible for a further £500.

GDHIF cores

12 improvement measures

Click here for more details on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Or contact The 80percent Hub about having a Green Deal Assessment

Click here for the latest figures

See press release

Tour de France – comes to Cambridge ~ celebrating cycle power

Although nothing to to do with Energy Efficiency in the home, it does celebrate cycle power through the city of Cambridge. Look at this video that takes you along the route – from a cyclist view – through the city past all the historic buildings.

Many thanks to Rad Wagon for producing this video and putting it onto his website where there is more information about the historic buildings to be found along the route. From Sunday 6 July through to the day of the event on Monday 7 July we will be providing live twitter feeds with pictures of the scene and activities in the run up to the start of the event of the event in Parkers Piece near the centre of Cambridge. Bookmark this page in your browser (don’t forget to refresh it) or follow us on twitter.

Energy efficiency in old buildings new report from SPAB

The Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings has just produced a new and details report that is very relevant for home-owners of older houses particularly in conservation areas or a listed building. It contain views and information from specialists and members of the Society’s staff. The briefings aim to offer cutting-edge information to help both owners and building professionals. 

SPAB Briefing cover

This report comes at a very important time when the government through the Green Deal is offering a number of grants including up to £6000 for internal and external wall insulation under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Click here to download the full report. (Don’t get confused with the advertisements that are scattered around this document particularly on Page two. The report starts properly on Page 3.)

Energy Retrofit – 3 bed Victorian terrace, Bath

One of the Superhomes 


House Summary


Ozzie Ffield

House Type:

Late Victorian solid walled 3 bedroomed Mid Terrace

Carbon saving:


Measures installed:

Condensing boiler, Draught-proofing, Floor Insulation, Internal Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, Low Energy Appliances, Roof Insulation, Solar Water Heating, Triple Glazing, Underfloor Heating, Water Saving Devices

superhome open days

The introduction of the UK government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with a £6000 towards the cost of solid wall insulation and £1000 for a new gas boiler with a flue gas heat recovery system – has created new opportunities amongst householders looking to improve the energy efficiency of their older properties.

For those living in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the surrounding counties The 80percent Hub is able to offer completely impartial and independent advice and Green Deal Assessments.