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TV researchers help couple to design eco renovation

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 29 October 2014 at 9:12 am

Does bringing in the TV cameras benefit a new build or renovation project? As a fan of Grand Designs, it's something I've often wondered. While I see that the architects and builders involved gain publicity, for your average home owner it seems more likely to add to the stress.

So, it's exciting to hear of a TV project where the people from the telly made a significant impact on the design of the extension - particularly its eco credentials.

The Hunt family have an end of terrace house in Sheffield, and as their family grew they needed more space. Ideally they wanted to double the floor space upstairs and down. Just as they got their planning permission they were approached by Channel 4's Double Your House for Half the Money presented by Sarah Beeny.

“The show’s researchers were really helpful and put us in contact with some excellent labourers, as well as showed us the latest products and solutions that we may like to include in the build," says Russ Hunt. "After confirming plans and co-ordinating specifics, we discussed the idea of floorspace and realised our extended property would require considerable heating and hot water. After considering a few different options, we made another big decision – to make the house eco-friendly.

“Alongside a number of energy-saving measures; such as brand new insulation and efficient double glazing for the new rooms, we installed a 3.2kW solar PV system, which would power our entire house using free photovoltaic energy from the sun. To work alongside the PV installation, we considered a number of different options to optimise the free energy generated by our solar panels before specifying the immerSUN – an automated microgeneration switching device, capable of reducing energy bills even further by prioritising the use of free renewable energy within the home. 

“To work alongside these solar gadgets and maximise the use of solar energy in the home, we installed energy-efficient underfloor heating and new space heating systems, as well as upgrading our immersion heating element to improve heating effectiveness.

“By doing this, we have managed to not only lower the build’s carbon footprint and meet the latest sustainable building regulations, but we’ve also dramatically reduced our utility bills. In fact, since installing the energy-saving measures, we’ve lowered our annual energy expenditure by nearly £1,000 per year. 

“I’d recommend a sustainable build to anyone. As well as reducing bills and minimising carbon emissions, you get paid for the energy you don’t use! These renewable technologies, such as our PV panels and the clever immerSUN switching device, make a huge difference and ensure our home isn’t just perfect for us, but also for the environment.”


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