Earlier today, MNN reported on some pretty exciting housing news: the oldest home in Britain, a pre-Stonehenge lakeside abode, has been unearthed (by archaeologists, not crackerjack real estate agents). And although it’s not nearly as primordial, another antiquated UK home has also recently made history thanks to a modern day eco-makeover.
The once inefficient three-bedroom home, owned by Will Homoky and Catherine Beswick of Bristol, beat out 8,000 other hopeful entrants in a competition to gain the title of Home of the Future as part of the Great British Refurb Campaign. A whole lot of money and resources went into the home’s tricked-out green revamp (the solar system alone costs in the ballpark of $19,000). And as Sami Grover over at TreeHugger points out:
Of course, the scale of this kind of refurb is well beyond the means of many ordinary homeowners—but this is intended as a showcase of just how far it is possible to go. It would be interesting to see a break down in relative costs versus emissions saved, because I'd be willing to bet that there was an awful lot of low hanging fruit that could be tackled in every household across the country before we even have to start worrying about the more expensive technological fixes.
Either way, it's an inspiring example of what can be done. And I'm sure the homeowners are busy putting their feet up in their cozy, efficient and comfortable new/old home.
Check out the below video where pleased-as-punch homeowners Homoky and Beswick pour some bubbly and give a tour their newly green digs — a traditional "end of terrace" — that just scored an "A" rated Energy Performance Certificate. And be sure to take a look around the Great British Refurb homepage for more info on the campaign. Much of the info on the UK Green Building Council/Grand Designs Magazine/WWF co-sponsored website is UK-specific but many of the tips and tidbits, especially in the Saving Energy in Your Home section, are worth looking into no matter what side of the pond you happen to live on. 
Via [TreeHugger]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Refurbia: The UK's Home of the Future
UK homeowners are treated to a full-on green home retrofit thanks to the Great British Refurb Campaign.