[4] Bisham Gardens

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

Bisham Gardens
London
Camden
N6 6DJ

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Opening times

14 Sep 2014
Sunday 14 September
1.30pm
2.45pm
4.00pm
visits last approx 45 minutes

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14.0pt">The house started life as commercial properly in the early part of the 20th Century and was probably converted (and extended) into domestic property in the 1930s.  It is a detached house on three floors, facing south-south-east. A previous owner modernised it in the late 1990s, installing internal wall insulation and fairly thin double glazing (as was common at the time). We’ve done more ...

 

ROOF, WALLS AND FLOOR

The (solid) walls were treated with internal wall insulation in the late 1990s

We renewed the flat roof and installed 275 mm of natural insulation materials

We have planning permission for additional wall insulation (external) should we wish to install on the flank walls (this wall is already rendered so its appearance would not change).

 

WINDOWS AND DOORS

Replaced the windows to the roof terrace with much improved double glazing

Inserted draught stripping in several windows, and installed sunscreening at SSE-facing windows reduces summer overheating

We installed a clear Perspex ‘ceiling’ in the conservatory to reduce heat loss, and in 2013 the conservatory doors and two windows to the garden were replaced with triple glazed panels

 

HEATING

Changed the boiler to a condensing boiler (with a tank)

 

DRAUGHTPROOFING

Inserted a chimney balloon in the fireplace to reduce draughts and the escape of heat from the sitting room

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Installed 13 photovoltaic panels on the roof. A monitor tells us with a coloured visual display whether we’re generating electricity and selling into the grid (green) or whether we drawing on the national grid (red)

We also installed two solar thermal panels on the roof.  These provided about 95% of our hot water between March and October 2012.  We also have a bit of kit which ensures that we use hot water for the washing machine from the solar-heated cylinder rather than using electricity to heat up from cold – called Alpha Mix.

 

LIGHTING

Use energy efficient bulbs in most places, but are stuck with some halogen bulbs, which will be replaced with LED bulbs in due course

 

OTHER

We have replaced all the white goods with more energy efficient equipment. We have a ceiling airer for drying clothes and no tumble dryer. Installed two water butts and a compost bin in the garden

 

Location

Bisham Gardens
London
Camden
N6 6DJ

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Opening times

14 Sep 2014
Sunday 14 September
1.30pm
2.45pm
4.00pm
visits last approx 45 minutes

This event has now finished.

Book ahead

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