Gallery: 1840s Victorian Home Receives a Zero-Energy Retrofit

You don't need to build a brand new, high-tech home to achieve zero energy. British architect John Christophers and his wife were able to accomplish it with an 1840s Victorian brick home in Birmingham UK. The couple bought the home, gutted it, and built an addition. Then they added insulation, new energy efficient systems, triple paned windows, a solar system and a rainwater catchment system. The grid-connected house produces enough energy to be zero energy and it has the full support of the neighborhood for its accomplishments.

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  1. Holcim Awards January 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I love the contemporary design features they added to old home. Also achieving zero energy is incredible. Fantastic project.

    This would be an ideal submission to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. Enter your creative ideas today!

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