In September 2014, during the annual Bath Green Homes open Homes weekend, the owners of 18 different types of homes including a BISF House, threw open their doors to like-minded homeowners interested in making energy saving improvement to their own homes.
Energy saving measures on view varied significantly per property, from professional Hi-Tec installations to DIY improvements that anyone can undertake.
The BISF House on show, was owned by our very own Senior Community member Ed, who some of you may already be familiar with, thanks to his featured projects and valuable input here on Non-Standard House.com.
Ed had taken the DIY approach to improving the efficiency of his 1940’s inspired BISF house, whilst keeping the style of the property as authentic to its original design as possible.
Ed’s work had been carried out with great care and a high level of attention to detail. Ed chose to insulate his home from within, by carefully installing rigid insulation panels inside interior cavity of his homes walls and being very careful not to block the free flow of air that these properties require, in order to keep the steel frame in tip top condition.
Every aspect of the installation process involved many hours of research and experimentation by Ed so that he could achieve the maximum efficiency but with minimal outlay.
Eds house was described as demonstrating:
- Self-installed internal wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Draught proofing
- LED & low energy lighting
A Late 1940s steel frame British Iron & Steel Federation (BISF) construction semi-detached House:
The owner has internally insulated several rooms as part of a whole house renovation. All the techniques are applicable to other solid wall houses, not just BISF. Thermal imaging led to further improvements and the once poorly-performing post-war prefab is now a warm and appealing home.
Area: Freeview Road Twerton
Overall measures on show amongst all the open houses included, draught proofing, low energy lighting, insulation, window improvements, heating equipment and controls, renewable energy technologies, and much more.
The event was free to all but some of the homes did require visitors to book ahead.
Bath Green homes is a community project set up by Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, and B&NES Council, organising a programme of events related to home energy efficiency from September –November 2014.
For more information visit the website at www.bathgreenhomes.co.uk or to be kept up to date you can Join the mailing list or follow @BathGreenHomes on Twitter, or to get in contact email ad***@ba************.uk or telephone 01225 477528.
The Green Open Homes network aims to support low-carbon open homes events across the country through free resources and advice.
Open homes days – in which volunteers who have made low carbon improvements to their homes can share their experiences with neighbours and others – are an excellent way to demonstrate the benefits of low-carbon renovations such as solar panels, solid wall insulation and draught-proofing.
Some events feature half a dozen homes, others up to 40 or more. They are characterised by a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, candid discussions about home improvements and a sharing of experiences and advice. The best of them come with a generous helping of community spirit and – on occasions – tea and cake.