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Blueprint Magazine

Ay-up? Manchester

July 16, 2019

Manchester is booming with so many city centre developments that the sky is a forest of construction cranes. But caution and chill are tempering the city’s confidence. What does the proliferation of residential projects say about Manchester’s future?

Words by Herbert Wright

Sky News

Manchester declares a climate emergency

July 09, 2019

Manchester council has declared a climate emergency. Sky News correspondent Sally Lockwood spoke to Kit Knowles to find out how sustainable retrofit will help the UK meet its net zero carbon target.

Grand Designs

10 Inspiring Passivhaus Projects

June 01, 2019

A gallery of 10 Passivhaus projects provides an insight into this highly energy-efficient and eco-friendly build method, and Kevin McCloud offers his opinion on the benefits of constructing in this way, too. 

Professional Builder

Creating a Victorian Passivhaus

May 12, 2019

A Victorian townhouse in Manchester has achieved the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute.

House Beautiful

Property: Eco Victorian

April 30, 2019

New-builds are usually thought of as warm, fuel-efficient and ecofriendly, while period homes are seen as cold, draughty and expensive to heat. But now there's a way of renovating older homes to make them as efficient as their younger neighbours - so much so, they don't even need central heating. Words by Jayne Dowle.

RIBA Journal

Victorian homes' invisible retrofit

April 30, 2019

If you thought period homes and Passivhaus were incompatible, have a look at the Ecospheric's retrofit of two Victorian homes. Stephen Cousins reports.

The Telegraph

How to turn your draughty period property into an eco home

April 26, 2019

Telegraph property writer Zoe Dare Hall explains how the Zetland Passive House "gives new-builds a run for their money".

SelfBuild & Design

Forever Green

April 01, 2019

A pair of Victorian townhouses has been renovated to meet the Enerphit Plus standard, set by the Passivhaus Institute, renowned for its exacting demands for energy efficiency.

Positive News

Beyond Retro

March 31, 2019

A couple have implemented hundreds of eco-innovations in their Victorian house in Manchester, making it one of Europe's most efficient buildings. Words by Oliver Balch.

Local Government News

The UK's Greenest Victorian Homes

March 01, 2019

Europe's first Passivhaus EnerPHit Plus homes have opened in Manchester. Laura Sharman finds out how councils can refurbish their own heritage properties to this demanding standard.

Houzz

Houzz Tour: Is This the UK’s Greenest Victorian House?

February 24, 2019

Think you can’t have a period home that’s also warm, dry and energy-efficient? Step inside this Manchester marvel... By Amanda Pollard.

The Negotiator

Old house, new house!

February 21, 2019

Proving that you can have your cake and eat it, two beautiful Victorian townhouses in Manchester have become the first homes in Europe to achieve the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute.

Architecture Today

Taking Stock: A pair of Victorian semis have been renovated to the Enerphit Plus standard by Guy Taylor Associates and Ecospheric

February 14, 2019

Kit Knowles, founder of eco consultant Ecospheric bought two adjoining semi-detached houses, then divided into flats and dilapidated, in Chorlton, Manchester. His ambition was to create an exemplary pilot project using old building stock. 

Metro

Property: You can teach an old home new tricks…

February 11, 2019

PERIOD features and groundbreaking eco technology might seem strange bedfellows, but they’re exactly what you’ll find in a pair of Victorian townhouses in Zetland Road in the exclusive Manchester suburb of Chorlton. By Andrea Dean.

The Scotsman

Victorian ecohomes

January 31, 2019

Scotland's national newspaper writes about the Zetland Passive House in this article.

East Anglian Daily Times

Environmentally-friendly conversion requires no central heating

January 29, 2019

Could this be the future for the country’s old housing stock? A pair of Victorian semis, in Manchester has been converted into passive houses - meeting the world’s toughest performance standards. By David Vincent.

Deco

Zero energy bills for Passivhaus-standard retrofit homes in Manchester

January 22, 2019

We associate low to no energy bills with new-build houses that feature all the latest eco tech. But Ecospheric shows that Victorian houses can be made ultra low energy dwellings too. By Abby Trow.

The Fifth Estate

Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses

January 22, 2019

Passivehaus homes often have a distinctive look but with the help of a few new technologies and materials such as graphene there’s now more variation in shape and style than ever before – even Victorian-era townhouses are getting the Passivehaus treatment.

Green Building

Zero Energy Bills for what may be the UK’s Greenest Victorian Homes

January 20, 2019

Victorian townhouses in Manchester have become the first homes in Europe to achieve the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute.

Northwest Tonight

Zero Energy Bills for the UK's Greenest Victorian Homes

January 18, 2019

Northwest Tonight interviewed Kit Knowles about the Zetland Passive Houses.

The Times: Bricks & Mortar

Go Green: The cleanest wood-burning stoves and other eco-friendly home improvements

January 18, 2019

Go Green: Choose an eco-friendly makeover. From the cleanest wood-burner to rainwater harvesters, Jayne Dowle lists this year's top eco-conscious home improvements. 

Environmental Journal

Step inside Britain’s greenest Victorian house

January 17, 2019

A pair of Victorian townhouses in Manchester have become the first homes in Europe to achieve the toughest standards set by the renowned Passivhaus Institute.

Housebuilder & Developer

Zero energy bills for the UK’s greenest Victorian homes

January 15, 2019

Victorian townhouses in Manchester become the first homes in Europe to achieve the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute.

Building Construction Design

Zero energy bills for the UK’s greenest Victorian homes

January 15, 2019

Victorian townhouses in Manchester become the first homes in Europe to achieve the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute.

E-architect

Zetland Road Homes in Chorlton

January 11, 2019

Eco Victorian Townhouses in Manchester. Published by Adrian Welch.

Treehugger

Is this the greenest retrofit ever?

January 08, 2019

These townhouses shown in Passivehouse+ might well be, both efficient and almost carbon free. By Lloyd Alter.

BBC R5 Live Breakfast

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January 01, 2019

A Green 2019: Clare McDonnell and Geoff Lloyd with news from the UK and around the world. Plus sport, interviews, topical debates, travel, weather and business.

Passive House+

Industrial Revolution: Manchester retrofit may be the greenest ever

December 21, 2018

With obsessive attention to preserving and restoring the original fabric of these two Victorian

townhouses, and a commitment to shunning petrochemicals and using only natural materials, could

this be the most wildly ambitious and sustainable passive retrofit ever undertaken in the UK?

Passivhaus Trust

Victorian homes enter 21st century with EnerPHit Plus certification

December 17, 2018

A pair of Victorian semi-detached houses in Zetland Road, Manchester, have just received EnerPHit Pluscertification – the first in the UK to do so – and they’ve done it in style.

BBC R4 Beyond Today

Can Manchester mend the planet?

December 03, 2018

World leaders are meeting in Poland for the latest round of United Nations-sponsored climate talks. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Since the US pulled out of that deal the scale of the problem can seem overwhelming – as we hear in this episode the Swedes call it “climate angst” and have some radical solutions to address it. But there are plenty of more practical solutions to tackling climate change much closer to home. We travel to Manchester, which plans to go carbon neutral in the next twenty years.

Daily Mail Online

The £1million home with NO energy bills

September 16, 2018

Detached 'passive house' comes with so many mod cons it generates its own heating and lighting. By James Tozar.

Manchester Evening News

The Chorlton homes which generate their own electricity and require no gas or central heating

March 30, 2018

On completion, later this summer, they will be Europe’s first-ever ‘Passive House Plus’ homes - an ecologically-friendly property which is so firmly insulated and tight it doesn’t need a centralised heating system

Renovations: An Inspirational Design Primer

RIBA publishing. By Richard Wilcock.

May 31, 2016

The UK’s housing stock has proved to be remarkably durable, as houses from the 18th and 19th centuries are still adaptable to the requirements of modern living. However, the need to respect the environment and to reduce energy costs presents a new set of challenges for the owners of period properties.

In Renovations, Richard Wilcock analyses a host of cutting-edge projects to examine the challenges of adapting traditional house types; retaining historic features whilst introducing modern interventions. The book brings together more than two decades of research to showcase the best examples of domestic extensions and internal remodelling in the UK today.

Homes & Antiques

Essential guide to reducing your heating

November 01, 2013

By giving his Arts and Crafts home in Manchester an eco retrofit, Kit Knowles has reduced his utility bills by over £2,500 a year and turned a gas guzzling house into a nice little earner. Here he shares how…

Greenbuilding Magazine

SuperHomers embrace passive solar