Category One

Best Local Authority and Registered Landlords
Completed Modernisations

Penwith Housing Association
Sponsor: Ideal Standard

The intention of this project was to demonstrate that very good fabric insulation combined with intelligent use of renewable energy can provide a truly practical solution to achieving minimum carbon emissions in existing home.

Penwith Housing Association’s HeatPod project is an ‘active-house’ solution which builds on the association’s experience to create an exemplar home which met the Retrofit for the Future target of an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions. The house is an end of terrace two-bedroom property built in the 1950s. The tenants were fully consulted and remained in occupation throughout the retrofit,

At the core of the projects was the unique ground/air/solar heat pump combining ground source heat pump technology, mechanical ventilation and hear recover and passive solar to create a whole house system.

Basically, the HeatPod is a conservatory providing additional living and storage space plus it captures solar energy for use in the house. It also includes a cupboard containing much of the technology to ‘decarbonise’ the house. In fact, it is the prototype of a module that could be factory built and ‘plugged in’ to a home, consequently eliminating much disruptive work inside the house.

Judges’comment: Well thought out refurbishment that combined the latest renewable energy systems with imaginative improvements to the living area. The judges were impressed with the use of ground/air/Solar heat pump technology, which employs mechanical ventilation and heat recovery. It is a great example of C02 reduction in an existing 1950’s property.

Runner up: One Housing Group