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02 Jun 2010 05:06:22

Terraced houses make most energy efficient homes

Terraced houses make most energy efficient homes
People are increasingly making attempts to ensure their homes are as energy efficient as possible, and it seems that people who live in terraced houses have the least work to do.

Research by the Building Environments Analysis Unit at the University of Sheffield and energy company E.ON ranked the most popular types of property by their energy efficiency and ranked a number of the UK's streets from A* to G.

A terraced street in Langport Somerset, Great Bow Yard, claimed the top spot and achieved the only A* in the nation, while other energy efficient streets were located in Lancaster, Peterborough, Bradford and Sheffield.

Hasim Altan, lecturer in sustainable living at the University of Sheffield, said: "Some properties are naturally more energy efficient than others. However, by making a few small changes - be they behavioural or physical - customers could find themselves on the right road to upping their grades."

Last month, it was reported by the Guardian that scientists at Salford University are building a redbrick Manchester terraced house inside a university laboratory's sealed testing chamber to help study energy use and hopefully develop ways homeowners can be more efficient.

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HerbEppel wrote:

04 Jun 2010

I'm pleased to see that the message that "Terraced houses make most energy efficient homes" is finally beginning to sink in!

When asked back in June 2007 (in the context of an 'interview' for the quarterly newsletter of the German Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting in my capacity as their treasurer) about my first impressions of the differences between the UK and German lifestyles when I first came to England, my answer included this statement:

"Another clear difference that still prevails today is terraced housing – the typical British form of terrace is virtually unknown in Germany. The more I think about it, the more I feel that the concept is quite ingenious and has a lot to offer in terms of environmental benefits and (perhaps at first glance somewhat paradoxically) in terms of privacy (provided the issue of sound insulation between adjacent houses is addressed properly, of course). The concept is certainly better than the ‘Legoland’ approach adopted by many developers these days, with (more or less) ‘executive’ detached houses placed at more or less random angles on greenfield sites and (often vain) attempts to create privacy through ugly wooden fences or walls, often featuring environmentally unacceptable *heated* (or worse: air-conditioned) conservatories!"

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