An eco-friendly house could inspire energy-efficient home improvements


Home owners considering investing in replacement windows such as double glazing and alternative energy-efficient home improvements could find inspiration from one architect who turned his house into an eco-friendly abode.

BDonline.co.uk reported that John Christophers transformed a property in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, by enhancing its eco-friendly features and had to make both the old and new-build section of the house energy efficient.

“Retrofitting existing housing stock is becoming an increasingly important way of helping the UK meet its carbon emission targets … normally retrofits would not qualify for the code, but Christophers’ did because more than half of the project was new-build,” it stated.

Housing expert Alan Yates added that the new home fits in with the local environment but still remains low carbon, which he commended.

Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, said that he is “surprised” by reports which suggest only 12 per cent of people intend to make energy-efficient improvements to their property.

Last year the Glass and Glazing Federation launched a petition for a nationwide scrappage scheme to be introduced by the government which would assist homeowners in making their homes more energy efficient. 

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