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Eco retrofit in action

B&Q renovated a 1890s terraced house to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

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In 2012, B&Q renovated an end-terrace house built in the 1890s. An estimated reduction of 60% in energy bills and 69% in carbon emissions was achieved through insulation and heating improvements.

We tried out new products and new ideas – including cork board external wall insulation and housing an air source heat pump in a ventilated shed to reduce noise.

A prefabricated, super insulated loft conversion unit caused much interest locally when it was literally craned into place!

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The front door was made from wood but sandwiching a layer of insulation.

Chimney balloons prevented draughts coming through the unused fireplaces without causing damp issues.

The project has helped us to improve advice on saving energy – and also helped to identify new products.