23 Aug '11, 8am

A year after her ecorefurb first began, Sue Wheat looks back and asks whether it was all worth it:

A year after her ecorefurb first began, Sue Wheat looks back and asks whether it was all worth it:

Our ecorefurb does seem to have taken a while; over 12 months now, which is much longer than I thought. ‘But remember - it’s an iterative process,’ said a kind friend. I looked it up. ‘Iterative’ means ‘a mathematical procedure that generates a sequence of improving, approximate solutions for a class of problems.’ Improving and approximate. Absolutely. Our Victorian terraced house’s class of problems included condensation along with cold and energy inefficiency. The maths involved: looking at our energy usage, deciding on our budget and finding solutions that fitted within it. The first installments in my ecorefurb diary covered some of the advice I took in order to work out what would help us keep the heat in and the damp out while not busting our £10,000 budget. Particularly useful was getting a Parity Home Energy Masterplan (www.parityprojects.com ), which gave us in de...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/10253...

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