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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2018
     
    The IET and Nottingham Uni have just come out with a report on deep retrofit and the need for it in the UK

    https://www.theiet.org/factfiles/built-env/retrofit.cfm?type=pdf

    I would comment that yes we need this but not because of climste change but simply because we need to use less energy as it will be increasingly expensive and less readily available.

    I would prefer to talk about energy use reduction than energy efficiency and indeed they do talk about this but it is the whole key.

    Social housing providers are already doing better than the rest of us in this area.

    In my view unless it can be economically driven then it won’t happen and even with economics on our side it will be a total nightmare to past our own planners!


    One report synopsis talks about our old cold homes https://www.theiet.org/factfiles/built-env/retrofit.cfm
    I think a lot of relatively new homes need to be included in the category, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and some later homes especially the dry lined ones.

    It is not so much the old cold homes that is the problem but the huge ammount of energy that is used to keep them warm.

    Fabric improvements is what is needed on a massive scale, including draught proofing, air tightness, floor insulation and more....
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    Posted By: tony
    I think a lot of relatively new homes need to be included in the category, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and some later homes especially the dry lined ones.

    It is not so much the old cold homes that is the problem but the huge amount of energy that is used to keep them warm.

    Fabric improvements is what is needed on a massive scale, including draught proofing, air tightness, floor insulation and more....

    Absolutely!

    We've still got plenty of work to do, but our partially deep-retrofitted ~1970 cavity wall construction bungalow is both more comfortable and cheaper to run than when we started even energy prices have increased along the way.

    Doing the work has included some real 'plasterboard tent' moments. One corner room had always seemed curiously draughty - which made sense when we stripped off the plasterboard and discovered a 100mm hole in the inner blockwork at floor level on the gable end wall 1] and an entire inner skin block missing on the front wall.

    What's really amazing about those sort of faults is that this was a self-build, so harder to blame a disinterested, (not)fit & forget builder...

    [1] My guess is that someone dropped something in the cavity, made the hole to retrieve it, but didn't repair the hole.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2018
     
    Any pics of these?
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