Exploring the balance between the goals of low carbon sustainable retrofit and conservation of historic building fabric, the development at 119 Ebury Street is a highly sustainable refurbishment within a heritage context, comprising a change of use from a hotel to create three residential duplexes. The sustainable refurbishment contains a number of ‘smart’ technologies, providing data on environmental performance and building operational functions.
The new sustainable ‘smart’ technologies introduced needed to be both sensitive and appropriate to the historic fabric of the building. They include internal wall insulation to existing walls, secondary vacuum glazing to existing windows, phase change materials to mitigate overheating, improvements to air leakage, rainwater harvesting, renewable energy generation from PV and solar thermal panels.
The post-occupancy monitoring data collection covers:-
119 Ebury Street aspires to be the first UK listed building to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 per cent, meeting the 2050 natural target by 2016. The project will test a variety of ‘smart’ technological enhancements, including the appropriateness of their incorporation within a heritage building.James Starr, Development Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland