Using period homes as a model for the future
We believe that solving the world's energy problems starts at home. Our houses contribute to more than a quarter of carbon emissions in the UK. And in 2050, 85% of housing stock existing today will still be here. If we want to reduce our carbon footprint, we need to work with what's around us.
Victorian homes are some of the most difficult to upgrade, Zetland Road was no exception.
Our vision is to create an exemplar home that combines the beauty and character of a period property with the world's highest standards of energy efficiency.
How it all began
Kit Knowles has provided sustainability expertise for home retrofits for the past decade. Frustrated by the many roadblocks and challenges to successfully implementing eco retrofit, Kit decided to take on a challenge and see how far he could reduce the carbon consumption of a residential home. In 2016, he found a suitable property and the experiment began.
The property on Zetland Road had been used as HMO's for several decades and original features had not been maintained. This was going to be a big job!
design and performance
Ingleside and Woodleigh are the epitome of function and style. Designed in partnership with Ecospheric Ltd and Guy Taylor Architects, these homes exemplify a luxurious living space with all the latest trends in home decor. Unique features include:
sustainable, handmade solid timber kitchen with Welsh slate worktop by top quality cabinet maker John George Fine Cabinetry
high performance stained glass windows and doors supplied by Ecospheric Windows
artisan crafted Victorian cornicing and ceiling roses
pitch pine chevron flooring made using the original floor boards
marble flooring and cast iron bath
copper light switches
What is a passive house?
Passive House is the world's leading approach for low energy building design. Its fabric first concept means homes are insulated and air tight to prevent heat loss, windows are strategically placed to maximize warmth from the sun, and a highly efficient ventilation system filters air and recovers heat to maintain the most comfortable interior environment.
The result is a "passive house" with no need for a central heating system and very little maintenance required.
A sustainable, natural solution
Sustainability is at the core of every aspect of these homes. Only high quality, natural, breathable materials have been used in the building process. From the insulation to the paint, we have ensured these homes are free of petrochemicals.
Some of the sustainable methods include:
cellulose insulation made from recycled paper
moisture buffering, carbon dioxide absorbent lime plaster
Graphene paints free of volatile organic compounds made by Graphenstone
Comfort without the cost
Ingleside and Woodleigh promise to produce incredibly low bills and minimal maintenance, outperforming more than 99% of new builds and any property of its era.
These homes remain comfortable and warm year round and are effortless to run. The discreet central ventilation system utilizes pollen filters and controls humidity to ensure unbeatable air quality. The app-enabled Mixergy hot water tank works like a battery storing surplus renewable energy and only heats water when necessary - saving money and energy.
Annual costs for a similar property may reach £4000 in bills and £2000 on maintenance. Ingleside & Woodleigh are projected to have combined bills of less than £100 per year with negligible maintenance costs to boot.
This is the UK's greenest retrofit
What People Say
Brilliant - very informative.
Great Places Housing Group
The eco house tour was really informative and useful especially when thinking about the generations ahead.
A lot of very detailed and interesting info regarding methods and products.