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1840s Victorian Home Receives a Zero-Energy Retrofit
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 3, 2011 @ 3:30 pm In Architecture,Green renovation,Zero energy | 1 Comment
Christophers and his wife searched for two years to find the right house that they could renovate and transform  into a home capable of producing as much energy as it consumed. The 1840s Victorian brick house originally only had two bedrooms, but with a clever addition into the parking space beside the home the family was able to double its square footage while adding a sunny studio and meditation room. Strategically placed windows and mirrors draw light into the lower levels of the home.
The entire home was gutted to get rid of wiring, plumbing, inefficient windows, and an old roof. To improve the energy efficiency and thermal properties of the home, Christophers added insulation to the walls, tripled-paned windows, efficient lighting , a wood-burning stove for cold days, and a ventilation system that removes moisture. A solar photovoltaic system provides electricity and a solar hot water system provides domestic hot water. While the home is not off-grid , it does produce enough electricity to power the home, making it zero energy.
Via New York Times 
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URLs in this post:
 John Christophers: http://zerocarbonhousebirmingham.org.uk/
 zero energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/zero-energy
 renovate and transform: http://inhabitat.com/book-review-restoring-a-house-in-the-city/restoring
 efficient lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/green-lighting
 off-grid: http://inhabitat.com/tiny-off-grid-cabin-in-maine-is-completely-self-sustaining/
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/greathomesanddestinations/16location.html
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