Patrick moved into his 1930s end-of-terrace home in 2001. He had always been interested in eco renovations but he has become more aware about it through communications with Transition Cambridge. The main reasons which spurred him on were that his house was very cold during the winter, even with the boiler
running full blast; he also needed more space but wanted to add this without increasing the carbon emissions.
Insulation: The house has now been fitted with loft insulation and both cavity and external wall insulation for the original solid wall and cavity wall extension.
Heating: Patrick has installed underfloor heating in his home along with a condensing boiler and a solar thermal panel to ensure that the heat he needs is available where and when he needs it. Radiator reflectors have also been placed around the property as a cost effective way to redirect the heat
back into the room. Another installation is the MVHR (mechanical ventilation heat recovery) system of0 which there are two individual installations which help to keep the air warm inside two rooms.
Appliances, lighting and water: Low energy light bulbs have now been placed throughout the property along with the use of AAA rated small fridge.