Temple Avenue Project: Energy efficient refurbished homes for the 21st century

Richards Partington Architects

Can existing houses be brought up to current new-build standards of energy efficiency? JRF and JRHT's refurbishment of 67 Temple Avenue, York shows how.

JRF and JRHT's refurbishment of 67 Temple Avenue in York shows how a series of improvements can potentially generate substantial savings for the occupier and cut carbon emissions by 66 per cent.

The project aimed to bring a 1930s house up to the advanced energy and carbon standard of JRF and JRHT's neighbouring new-build prototype houses. By making the improvements in stages and measuring the results, the project also looked at the relative effectiveness of standard improvements and of more radical alterations.

This evaluation of the project highlights the key lessons for:

  • government and regulators;
  • asset managers and residents;
  • installers;
  • the supply chain.
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