So what makes a home Super? First and foremost, it’s all about big carbon emissions reductions through eco refurbishment. All the homes on show have done so by at least 60 per cent, meaning they’re a great place to seek inspiration on building fabric features and renewables.
Aside from the ‘bread and butter’ of home energy efficiency – insulation, and lots of it – there will certainly be some interesting technologies on show. In our political candidates’ homes alone, you can see measures like solar PV, heat recovery systems, mechanical ventilation and heat pumps.
There is no such thing as a generic house in this collection. They range from Grade II listed 16th Century ironstone properties to 1990s build ex-council houses; from 6 bed Victorian properties to 1940 terraces; from idyllic eco-lodge retreats in rural Snowdonia to single story flats in the heart of London. All in all, it really serves to highlight that making fabric changes, cutting bills and carbon emissions can be something appropriate for almost any type of building. You can visit over 100 special eco-houses as part of a busy calendar of Open House events in the late summer.
The tenth year of openings features a number of households that have been part of the scheme since it began in 2007, but also seven first-timers inviting the public into their homes. This year’s openings are supported by Ecology Building Society.
Open homes events like these are great ways to showcase the levels of retrofit ambition that can be achieved on a range of property types, but also give some basic insight into how individual measures work in homes. The value of having the opportunity to see energy efficiency in action locally cannot be understated.