A full eco refurbishment of a 1960s detached house in Brighton. This project saw the carbon footprint of the house reduced by 77% from 10.9 tonnes per year down to 2.5 tonnes.
This 1960s detached house has been fully insulated (including an external insulating render) and had 3 heating systems installed including a condensing boiler feeding the under floor heating, solar water heating panels and a wood burning stove. The heat recovery system supplies a continual source of fresh air – whilst recycling stale air to preheat fresh air entering the property. A 3.7 kW solar photovoltaic system produces electricity offsetting energy costs to the powering of the home and an electric car
Water use has been reduced with the addition of low flow showers, toilets, a water butt, a foot pedal operated tap and a diverter valve for the bath water. The resulting impact being that water use has been reduced by one third.
The use of natural light has been maximised by doubling the amount of glazing on the ground floor and the fitting of slim line Velfac windows, and glass panel internal doors- allowing natural light to flood through the interior space and reduce the need for artificial lighting. To supplement this, a cutting edge low energy LED lighting system has been installed throughout.
The interior utilises a variety of natural and reclaimed materials supplementing the biophilic quality of the space; adding natural texture and a human scale to the space.The ultimate aim was to create a home that functions efficiently whilst creating a warm and nurturing space to live in.