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Undertaking a whole house retrofit: Exploring the options

Weavers cottage whole house retrofit

Blog looking at possible retrofit measures for a whole house retrofit project of a Yorkshire weavers’ cottage project. The blog looks at the potential insulation and airtightness options under consideration for the roof, floor, walls and windows.

30th April 2020

Cut the VAT on retrofit 

Spraying Diathonite into first floor wall junctiom

Green Building Store is lending its voice to campaigns to cut VAT on retrofit building work. In this blog we look at the environmental and economic arguments for cutting VAT for retrofits and feature two campaigns calling on the UK Government to act.

20th March 2020

Undertaking a whole house retrofit: First steps

Weavers Cottage radical retrofit project

Blog by Green Building Store Director Bill Butcher outlining the key features of a radical retrofit of a weaver’s cottage we are advising on and puts forward possible first steps that we would suggest when undertaking a radical retrofit.

7th February 2020

Step-by-step: Suspended timber floors

Detailing for suspended ground floor for West Yorkshire Victorian mid-terrace house.

How-to guide to insulation and airtightness strategies for a suspended timber floor. Advice on how to access the floor, from both below and above, with a list of the airtightness products needed to complete the project.

13th December 2019

Guest blog: Tips for a radical retrofit

Before and after photos of Paul Testa's own radical retrofit project

After carrying out an extensive retrofit of his own home, Paul Testa, from Paul Testa Architecture, discusses the benefits of retrofitting and the key things to consider before you start.

3rd September 2019

Warmer homes: Lighting & heating

LED light bulb

As well as addressing the efficiency of the fabric of your home, another important way to reduce bills is to improve the efficiency of your lighting and heating systems.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: Why is ventilation important?

Example of mould on wall

Blog outlining the importance of developing a ventilation strategy when undertaking a retrofit, looking at the various solutions available as the house becomes from airtight, from opening windows and extractor fans to MEV and MVHR ventilation systems.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: Case studies

Warmer Homes options for Yorkshire terraced house

Blog outlining the different financial options for the energy efficient refurbishment of a typical West Yorkshire Victorian mid-terraced house and a 1940s semi-detached house.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: Whole house plans

EnerPHit retrofit plan

Blog outlining the importance of developing a ‘whole house plan’ before you begin any refurbishment work.

4th January 2019

Warmer homes: 4 key principles for energy efficient refurbishments

Examples of thermal bridges

Blog outlining the essential principles of low energy retrofits (Insulation, Airtightness, Continuity of insulation; Ventilation) and how all four need to be considered to avoid any ‘unintended consequences’.

4th January 2019

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