Even historic homes can be fitted with energy-saving improvements

April 26 2019
South Bristol homeowners show how to save resources

Eric Booth's house in Alpha RoadCarlton Bodkin's home in Windmill Hill

Pictured: Top, Eric Booth's Southville home is clad in external wall insulation while preserving its 1820s charm

Above, Eric welcomes visitors to hi Alpha Road house; Carlton Bodkin in his Windmill Hill Victorian terrace


SOUTH BRISTOL home owners will be showing off how ordinary homes can be made to drastically reduce the amount of energy they use on Bristol Green Doors weekend.

At open days on May 11 and 12, homes in Southville and Windmill Hill will be among those throwing open their doors.

Eric Booth’s historic 1820s home in Alphaville Road is one of the very first built in Southville, and is ina conservation area. Yet Eric has managed to introduce solar technologies, heat recovery ventilation, rainwater harvesting, multi-fuel stove and double-glazing as well as restoring the original character of his 1820s home.

 The house has also been carefully clad in external wall insulation, without compromising its Georgian looks. It now uses 64 less in fossil fuels than before.

 Architect Carlton Bodkin has extended his Victorian terrace in Windmill Hill, and added extra glazing, but has still made it more energy-efficient.

It has minimal reliance on gas and electricity, thanks to solar technology, and almost air-tight insulation for a tightly sealed, but breathable envelope.

Carlton views this as an ongoing project and recently extended the house to gain more kitchen and dining space. The expansion re-used the bi-fold doors and incorporated background ventilators for year-round fresh air supply.

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