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Victorian mansion gets a green McMakeover
Take a video tour of a drafty British town house that has been given a complete eco-retrofitting.
Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 01:21 AM
Okay, the title is a play on words: The house in question is not a mansion — it’s a typical Victorian town house in Nottingham, England — and there’s nothing “Mc” about the home’s laborious, emission-slashing retrofitting.
In an earlier post
today, I question whether building
a super-sized new home
with eco-friendly features can be considered “green.” What about retrofitting
a leaky, average-sized old home
with eco-friendly friendly features? Does that pass the test? Yes, it does, and the proof is in the video:
See? A drafty old dog of a house can learn new tricks with the right amount of time, effort, and, as the Guardian
points out, money. Homeowners Penny Poyzer and Gil Schalom put in an uncommonly remarkable effort — 10 years and £30,000 just on energy improvements — towards creating their Nottingham Ecohome. The result? A nearly carbon-free living environment with annual gas bills of £20 (about 30 US dollars). Not only are Poyzer and Schalom recouping their investment, but they're dramatically curbing household carbon emissions.
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