F. Fen Road
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Key information

Open Sep 30th & Oct 6th
Type Retrofit
Built 1897

Key features

  • Internal and external wall insulation
  • Solar thermal heating
  • Underfloor heating
  • Heat zoning scheme
  • Thermal store

Hosts Peter and Meg combined households in 1997, quite literally, by connecting two neighbouring Victorian semi-detached houses to make one larger house. They have since renovated the house using a fabric first principle. This philosophy means getting the insulation, air tightness and ventilation fixed as a priority over renewable energy. The first step was to insulate some walls internally. Since they last took part in Open Eco Homes in 2015 this has been supplemented by external wall insulation funded by the Action on Energy Cambridgeshire scheme.

‘We take time to fully research options to ensure we make the right decisions. The best success has come in the kitchen, where energy and functional design aspirations have combined to yield double rewards.’

‘The kitchen, completed in 2014, has become the centre of the household. By concentrating winter activity in a single space and using zoned heating, we minimise demand on the boiler. The kitchen is the best insulated space in the house and is comfortable when the floor temperature is 19-20 degrees. We enjoy it enormously. Solar heated water in the summer is a revelation – carbon footprint nil.’

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