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Published on: 26 Jul 2016 by bhqonline
The above two graphs have been produced
using EPC software as used in industry usingthe houses specifications and dimensions
to produce two reports one on the left showing the current energy efficiency and
the green arrow showing the energy efficiency upgrades installed and the
performance there after.
The graph on the right is the co2 emissionschart,
the concept is that by introducing these measures that both co2 emissions will
reduce and energy consumptions will reduce resulting in a more energy efficient
Scoping of the problem 20%
The property is a traditional brick built
semidetached property with a pitched slate roof over ground and first floor.
The period of construction is Victorian
originally and has largely remained in original state –apart from the addition
of a gas central heating and hot water system which has recently been included,
and the addition of aconservatory to front of the property.
with this home, and this period of construction.
The current construction thus according to
modern energy efficiency standards (as with most construction of this date) falls
behind current and expected standards.(Epcregister.com,
These standards and the house’s efficiency on whole are
measured by an energy performance certificate, this report assumes an
efficiency rating based on the size and current features as being a G ,this has
been determined from measurements taken at the property ,(a copy is enclosed in
this report above) .The advantage of the epc report is a holistic and
all-encompassing approach as opposed to just isolating individual features, The
properties were originally designed to be heated via strategically placed
wood and coal burning fireplaces
generally placed in centre of a room and
connected to a chimney .
These properties were aerated via the
chimneys, specially placed air vents and the materials in general used in the
construction were conducive to air circulation
(Periodproperty.co.uk, 2016) ,this of coarse was designed to work in a
symbiotic process as the house was heated by wood and coal burning stoves that
could produce upwards of 3,4,5 kw of heat per room, obviously a house with 3 or
4 fires burning simultaneously as was common in Victorian days and would thus have
needed significant air replacement ,and airflow.
Years later these
houses ,and due to their excellent construction qualities are challenged with
modern heating and energy consumption constraints, thus the strategic and
intelligent approach to upgrading this house will be suggested.
A further challenge faced in this retro fit
recommendation is that the property is located in the historic country park of
Dunham Massey and thus is subject to environmental protection, and the rural
original appearance of this property from the outside and of the other
properties in the surrounds.
Many technologies and materials to increase
energy efficiency are recent inovations,and thusintroducing them into this
building whilst maintaining the historic look is challenging, an almost
invisible or internal only approach may be required, or an unchanged or ‘invisible
As such and as part of a suggested solution
other examples of external and internal technologies will be explored in this
report such as solar panels in various forms, underground heat source pumps ,various
internal insulations (although these have been tried previously by the client
without success-it remains to be seen in what format these were tried or