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Eco Home - 47 Greenleaf Road

A retrofit property and our first ever eco show home.

What we did

Waltham Forest Council appointed partners Aston Group to manage the retrofit of a council owned property, into its first-ever eco show home. 47 Greenleaf Road is a typical Victorian terrace built in 1902. 

The annual heat demand from this home is estimated to fall from 17,219kWh to 7,995kWh per year.  And its EPC banding will rise from E to A.

Read details on the retrofit fact sheet (PDF) and the white paper (PDF).

The Eco Show Home was open to the public between September 2021 and June 2022, before being let to a household from the Council's social housing waiting list. The property saw over 2,800 visitors. A short film and 3d virtual tour of the property will be published in the Summer of 2022.

Background

Here in Waltham Forest, the Council has been taking steps to address the climate emergency for years.

Some of what we have achieved include:

  • Created 31 pocket parks
  • Planted 5,589 in the last 2 years alone
  • Give away 6,000 trees to schoolchildren this year
  • Increased life expectancy by 6 weeks of children born today
  • Secured £1.7m from Government to retrofit 200 homes
  • Built 41km of new cycle track
  • Built 550 new bike hangars
  • Installed 206 public access vehicle charging points
  • Invested £4.5 m on Suntrap Education Centre in Epping Forest
  • Delivered 143,000 parcels through our Zero Emission Delivery Service

However to meet a net zero target by 2030, future initiatives must go further and use innovative technologies.

What is ‘net zero?’

According to the Carbon Saving Trust, it means Achieving a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere, and the carbon removed from it. This balance – or net zero – will happen when the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount removed.

A report published by Waltham Forest Council in 2019 highlighted that:

  • 51% of the borough’s carbon emissions were generated by residential homes
  • 14.6% of homes in the area were fuel poor households
  • 70% of Waltham Forest’s 107,216 homes pre-date 1944

New-build properties with energy-efficient technology are only part of the solution, so it’s vital to find a way to reduce carbon emissions from existing homes, through retrofitting.

Waltham Forest Council appointed partners Aston Group to manage the retrofit of a council owned property, into its first-ever eco show home. 47 Greenleaf Road as a typical Victorian terrace built in 1902 with a poor energy performance.

What is a retrofit?

A retrofit is the process of reducing older buildings emissions by introducing new materials and modern, fuel efficient technologies, which help manage energy usage.

Resources and ideas to replicate our Eco Home

Aston Group have put together guides to demonstrate what they did to improve energy efficiency in each part of the Eco Home.