“The academic research ... is still benefiting the way the energy standards within the Code for Sustainable Homes are negotiated and implemented here at Brighton & Hove.”
Hawton Mead advised extensively on the eco-refurbishment of Sheepfair, a 1950s residential property in Lewes. The house’s energy performance was improved to such an extent that it is now listed as a Superhome.
Amongst the measures installed were the following:
- Double-glazing (and some triple-glazing) in a mixture of old and new windows, and a double-glazed sunspace. New windows all double glazed low emissivity units in chestnut frames.
- External wall insulation: cavity fill + 90mm Celotex.
- Loft insulation: 350 Warmcell on 100 glass fibre, plus external 90mm Celotex insulation on gable wall.
- Floor insulation: laminated cork flooring, with additional 10mm of cork insulation sheet underneath downstairs.
- High standard draught sealing.
- 3 extractor fans, one with heat recovery.
- Thermal solar panels: 30-tube Thermomax, approx 4m2.
- 1.7 kWp PV, 9 panels.
- Low energy bulbs and LED's.
- 2 sunpipes.
- Woodstove (solid logs) & back boiler in living room, and 300 litre heat store.
- A-rated condensing boiler (used only as a back-up).
- Rainwater collection system with outside tanks.