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The Ullet Road Eco Office project: Thin but effective Vacupor insulation was laid on top of the concrete slab

As a listed building, the appearance of this early 1950s building, with its pebbledash façade, metal lead light windows and ornamental brickwork, had to be retained. Internally, the building was cold and gloomy. With an EPC rating of G, there was considerable scope for improvement. However, its complex architecture of solid and cavity walls, mono-pitch, duo-pitch and flat roofs, together with Conservation Area restrictions, did not make it an easy retrofit. The ground floor was restructured into six offices with common meeting, reception and kitchen areas, and the upper floors were converted into a self-contained flat. Environmentally, the plan was to reduce fossil fuel use, eliminating it entirely for the offices. Onsite renewable energy comes from solar PV - 3.75kwp modules at the back and 2.5kwp Solar Century tiles at the front, two Thermomax solar thermal systems and a...

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