Video: watch the above to learn some of what has been done to one house by SEA to make it more energy efficient.
The Borough of Camden in London, UK has recently opened a Victorian property after making improvements to energy efficiency. Also known as the Camden Centre for low energy refurbishment, it may still be open for tours but this I can’t be verified. Details here.
The environmental charity Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) help convert a number of homes throughout the UK. Utilizing various technologies, these can transform a home – cutting energy use, saving money on fuel bills and reducing carbon footprint.
It is believed changes made to the Camden house, which was built around 1850, could cut carbon emissions by up to 80 per cent.
Improvements to the property include:
- Floor, roof and internal wall insulation;
- Windows that are 20% better at retaining heat than current regulations for new buildings;
- Solar panels to generate heat and electricity;
- Local heat recovery ventilation to warm incoming fresh air; and
- Rainwater harvesting for use in the garden.
Let’s remember that many of the answers for more energy efficiency are not at all cheap. Also some options are quite invasive in the sense that they can reduce your living space; such as adding insulation to the inside of your external walls (see video above). Getting the best costs money!
See more about who is behind SEA here.