Well I am taking the plunge and going for a thermal jacket on my old house. I have what I would call a hybrid house. In 1870 a stone, lime and slate roofed farmhouse was built with 800mm thick walls, no foundation and lots and lots of chimneys next to an existing stone barn. In the 1980’s sometime the house was refurbished. DPC and new concrete floors, fair bit of structural work to the main elevation (large area of brick installed). It was re-rendered in Portland cement, new windows with cavities under them and so on. Mr Jones here moved in 2002. Collapsed stone barn was removed and extension built (cavity wall and the usual). Roof was insulated, windows repaired, boiler changed, PV installed and so on. But I have been sitting on the fence now for quite a few years. I have a plenty full supply of thermal images of all the heat leaving the house. what to do, what to do? I have now taken the plunge because of an opportunity. The nature of my mucked around with house means i can not return it to what once was because of a 100 years or so of mucking around. I now have to take this house forward into this century but also not create a problem for those following. Will my decision end up rotting the house from under me, create and unhealthy interior, compromise the aesthetics, create a maintenance problem 20 years down he road? This is where most of the housing stock in Wales is at? we are one of the most fuel poor nations in Europe and have one of the best stock (I mean best in aesthetic terms) housing. Cladding all this could be potential time bomb but fuel poverty is very real. I plan on installing RH monitors, use the real-time data from my smart meter, drill the wall and fit RH sensors deep in the wall especially in the attic to see what happens to my purlins.
The opportunity I mentioned is something called Arbed 2 which is Welsh government initiative for the most fuel poor areas to benefit from full funding for energy efficiency measures. Whole streets in the village are scaffolded, scores of boilers, windows, hot water systems are on order. The military like operation is gearing up for a frantic whole village change in the next few months… as usual several more blogs on this