There are plenty of sound reasons for insulating an older home - for improved comfort, reduced energy bills, even as a buffer in the unthinkable event of fuel stoppages. So what is holding homeowners back from embracing solid wall insulation? Aside from the cost and the disruption, one common objection is the assumption the work could be detrimental to the looks of a property. In this article Gordon Glass looks at the successful insulation approaches used for three London SuperHomes. All three are in a conservation area, so preserving period looks was a key requirement of the brief. These examples show that major thermal improvements can be made with little or no loss of period character. Each has been an inspiration to others and different approaches were taken in each case.
This is a five page article. First published in december 2013
John explained that: “On the front we did it from the inside so that we wouldn’t disturb the looks of the house. On the other side we insulated it on the outside because it makes it easier and it made the house look just like it used to before, which was of a rendered appearance.” Looking at the house today, it is as pleasing to the eye as it must have been on the day its first owners moved in. 100mm of insulation has been added on the inside of the street elevation wall. This consists of Rockwool inserted between a stud wall framework, then covered with plasterboard.
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