The Greenwich ecohouse

Greenwich Council has refurbished a two-bedroom house in Plumstead to showcase some of the most up-to-date methods of saving energy.

The Council deliberately selected an existing 80-year-old home, rather than a new-build property, to show that bringing an existing home up to good environmental standards need not cost a lot.

A £50,000 grant, from the Thames Gateway London Partnerships (Action for Excellence programme), has enabled Greenwich to turn the empty Plumstead house into a model of excellence with the smallest possible carbon footprint.

Some features of the Eco House include:

  • cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and dry lining – all designed to keep the warmth in, and made of ‘green’ materials wherever possible
  • energy-efficient central heating installed with an ‘A’ rated condensing combination boiler and inexpensive radiator panels
  • eco-organic paints throughout
  • low-energy light fittings, energy-efficient oven, fridge and washing machine, water-saving taps
  • shower and low-flush toilet
  • disabled access at front and rear
  • removable 20-litre recycling bins built into kitchen units – with flaps in the kitchen work surface leading directly to the bins
  • dining room big enough to work from home
  • cycle shed
  • water butt.

You can also learn about:

  • home insulation
  • gauges to check your power usage
  • sustainable cleaning products
  • where to buy Fair Trade drinks and groceries
  • and ‘green’ ways of travelling.

See this link for visiting details.

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4 Responses to The Greenwich ecohouse

  1. earthpal says:

    Excellent idea. All that they need to do now is mandate the retrofitting of all older houses. It’s got to be more eco-friendly and cheaper than demolishing old buildings and erecting new ones in their place, even if they are energy-efficient. I know there are instances when there is no other option but we do seem to have this culture of demolish and build anew.

  2. matt says:

    I agree and particularly when a lot of new build housing is of poor quality compared to terraced housing of 80 – 100 years ago. Quality of materials such as bricks and of craftsmanship were superior in yesteryear. To have builders today tell me not to touch new build with a barge pole makes me very wary indeed!

  3. Pete Smith says:

    I’ve asked Greenwich for more details of the house, the work they did and the projected energy savings. I’m interested in the wall insulation.. if the house was built in the late 1920s, odds are that it doesn’t have a cavity wall. 50% of London houses are single-skin.

  4. matt says:

    Hi Pete

    I was thinking the same regards the wall insulation so will be interesting to hear back on this and also the projected energy savings. And how much of the £50,000 was spent on the house as opposed to project admin costs?

    They had a couple of open days in October, otherwise they have to be contacted for a visit. I’m guessing they don’t do Saturdays …

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