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The Green House properties join the Superhomes Network

Work has now been completed on the properties and testing has shown that both houses have successfully achieved more than a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. With this success we have been able to join the Old Home Superhome programme which is a network of exemplar, old houses which have undergone an energy efficiency retrofit.

Homes account for about 30 per cent of all the UK carbon emissions and these are believed to be the main contributor to climate change. For older houses refurbishment is needed to improve the emissions of the property. The Old Home Superhome is a programme which supports transforming the existing housing stock in order to save 60-80 per cent of the homes carbon emissions and energy use.

The project involves real homes which have met or exceeded the 60 per cent target that must be achieved. Superhomes are all practical exemplars of what can be done and how to do it. They demonstrate how you can save energy, save fuel bills and save carbon.

The houses within the Superhomes network are all different and feature many different techniques. Most have internal or external insulation, solar panels and high efficiency boilers and controls. Several have less common features, such as ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and light tubes.

There are many other features too, all of which contribute to the homes sustainability, such as rainwater harvesting, bat boxes and composting facilities.

The Old Home Superhome programme aims to create a network of homes that are local and publicly accessible, within 15 minutes to nearly everyone in the country. The Green Houses will be the first properties within Cambridgeshire to join the network and will bridge the gap to accessible homes.

There are Superhomes all around the country, and more joining all the time. A locator map, with brief details of where the houses are and what energy saving techniques they feature is available on the Sustainable Energy Academy wedsite.


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