Green Deal, ECO Measures on Show in Demonstration House

13 May 2013

Energy efficient measures attainable under the Government’s latest initiatives are on show at a demonstration house in Lincolnshire.

Construction and development group Larkfleet has built a demonstration house showcasing home improvement measures that can be made under the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes, both launched this year.

The house – which is located next to Larkfleet’s headquarters in Bourne, Lincolnshire – has been fitted with 27 of the 45 energy efficient measures available via the Green Deal and ECO, including Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation.

With the launch of the Government schemes this year, the Government hopes to reduce fuel poverty by plugging so-called ‘leaky’ homes.

It has been estimated that as many as six million UK homes would benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation and almost that number from Loft Insulation. But the Government faces a tough task of promoting the services on offer.

This is where Larkfleet comes in.

"We decided that a good way to raise awareness [of the Green Deal and ECO] was through demonstration,” explains Larkfleet managing director Karl Hick.

“It was decided to retrofit an existing Code Four sustainability demonstration house for that purpose."

The house in question – a three-bedroom, two-floor property – had previously been built in 2008 with the purpose of showcasing the benefits of an energy efficient home. Parts of the structure, including some internal walls, ceilings, and floors, were omitted to demonstrate how improvements such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation worked.

The demonstration house was given a makeover to include a selection of the measures offered by the latest Government schemes. These include the standard measures like Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, draught-proofing, and condenser boiler installation, as well as more advanced measures like solar PV, micro wind generation, water source heat pumps, and underfloor heating.

"The house has proved effective in educating the market about ECO and Green Deal,” Hick commented.

"In particular, it has proved very useful to show potential clients the space, ideal locations and connections required for the various technologies, and the impact on the living space."

"If the demonstration house helps with the adoption of these measures, and wider roll-out of ECO and Green Deal, then I think we will have succeeded.”

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