Draughts no more as householder homes in on top eco accolade

Community councillor and Greener Hawick campaigner Andy Maybury has become the first resident in Scotland to be awarded SuperHome status.

The Howdenbank resident has earned the top environmental accolade after making a staggering 71 per cent carbon saving in his house through insulation, special heating and ventilation – and will now be opening his doors to show the public.

In the last three years the award-winning project has discovered 83 householders in England and Wales who reduced their carbon footprint enough to join their network, but it has taken until now to find one in Scotland.

Andy told the Hawick News: “We didn’t set out to achieve this, we just wanted to make our house more efficient and more comfortable, but I’m really pleased. When we moved in four years ago it was draughty and expensive to heat, but within a year of working to do something about it we’d halved our gas bill.”

The hard work has included insulating the cavity walls of the three-bedroomed house, adding extra insulation in the loft and even underneath the floors, to almost totally eliminate draughts. Andy also upgraded his heating system, and added heat recovery ventilation, where warm, stale air is expelled and replaced by fresh air. A solar thermal system to heat the hot water and a log burning stove completes the list of measures used to achieve his carbon saving.

Gabby Mallett, project manager, said: “Our project provides support for homeowners who want to open their homes to the public to educate and inspire them to undertake similar renovations. I am sure that the example Andy is setting will soon be followed by many more.”

SuperHomes across the country will open their doors for annual spring openings from March 27 to April 3. Information can be found at www.superhomes.org.uk, to visit Andy’s home on Monday, March 28 or Saturday April 2. Book online for a free tour.