Local Green Homes Events

MHSG holds annual Green Open Homes events to show case homes of local residents who have made inspirational changes to their homes, cutting their energy use and carbon footprint and increasing comfort without sacrificing on their character. 

These two local homes participate in our regular Green Open Homes events, part of a series of information and advice events on how to ‘green’ your home.  In autumn 2020 they were on view for virtual tours, adapting to the pandemic  Visit www.mhsgroup.org for details and to sign up for MHSG’s newsletters.

Grosvenor Road, London N10

The McIlroy family outside their home on Grosvenor Road

An Edwardian family home on a corner plot with the following carbon saving features:

  • Focus upon maximum insulation where practical plus renewable heat (wood) and hot water (solar)
  • Wooden suspended floors with 80mm ‘Thermafleece’ sheeps wool insulation & boarding
  • All internal faces of external walls insulated with 10mm ‘Sempatap’ internal wall insulation
  • Attic roof insulation of 100mm Kingspan, plasterboard plus 10mm ‘Sempatap’
  • Refurbished sash windows with ‘Magneglaze’ secondary glazing on all windows
  • Draft reduction through double doors to attic (& letter box!), heavy curtains,
  • New condensing boiler, replaced old 15-20 year old boiler. TRVs added.
  • Two wood burning stoves (‘Clearview Vision’ in living room heats whole house)
  • 2 x 2m2 solar panels for thermal hot water with large well insulated tank (‘AOS Solar’)
  • Continuous running low energy heat recovery fan in bathroom (‘Vent Axia – Lo Carbon’)
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Water saving devices include; low flow shower, low flow washers in most taps
  • Living wall, pond and vegetables in garden plus pallet shed with green roof

Yewtree Close, London N10

Owners Lucy Craig and Gordon Best outside their home

A timber-framed detached home built in the 1980s with the following carbon saving features:

  • Argon filled 12mm double glazing in aluminium frames (except on south side)
  • Kingspan “Thermwall”, 100mm rigid, foiled insulation, new ply board with sealed joints
  • Celotex GA400 100mm rigid roof insulation with foil backing
  • Celotex GA400 100mm rigid floor insulation with foil backing
  • New windows and door draught sealed
  • Air source heat pumps for underfloor heating and hot water
  • 16 photo voltaic panels with total 4kW peak
  • New high performance wood burning stove
  • 100% LED and some compact fluorescent
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Water saving: 1000ltr rainwater butts
  • Instant boiling water (no kettle)

It is anticipated that the normal Green Homes weekend will take place in 2021, but in the meanwhile checkout other examples and all the information on the upgrade for homes page and also consider asking for a thermal image study of your property during cold winter nights (charges may apply)