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First Scottish SuperHome, Hawick

Low carbon improvements to end-terrace home


Over four years the occupants of this end-terrace have undertaken a variety of work on their house that resulted in a reduction of 71% in carbon emissions.

Much of the work was completed in the first 15 months although one important item was completed later. The occupants have plans for more enhancements that will further reduce the energy footprint of the building. The main contributory work has been:

  • installing a heat recovery ventilation unit
  • sealing of floor and other draughts
  • underfloor insulation
  • cavity wall insulation
  • condensing boiler
  • solar water heater
  • log-burning stove


The property is now registered as a SuperHome by the Sustainable Energy Academy.

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