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Georgian houses

Victorian houses

1930’s – 1950’s Houses

1960’s – 1970’s Houses

1980’s Houses

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Georgian houses

About 18% of houses in Widcombe are of a Georgian vintage.

The houses in this group were built before about 1860 with the beautiful Bath ashlar stone walls. These solid stone walls typically lose seven times more heat than the walls in new homes.

Georgian houses would usually have been built with sash windows, multiple chimneys and wooden floors with under floor vents which all make draughts a significant problem.

Many Georgian houses are listed, so major alterations will require consent. BANES council are developing a clearer pathway for planning applications.

Our survey showed that there were more, younger residents (under 35’s) in Georgian homes than any other type of home. There was also the highest rate of tenant occupancy.

This group were more likely to complain of draughts, inadequate insulation and difficulty keeping warm.

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The Home Energy Pack above gives general advice for your type of house - but see below for detailed studies of one or more particular houses in your group

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Victorian houses

About 60% of houses in Widcombe are of a Victorian vintage.

These are houses of solid wall (no cavity) construction built after about 1860, and we are also including 20th century houses up to about 1925.

Houses in this group have solid stone or stone-faced brick walls which typically lose seven times more heat than the walls in new homes. Also they would usually have been built with sash windows, multiple chimneys and suspended wooden floors with under floor vents which all make draughts a significant problem.

Many residents in Victorian houses in Widcombe report their homes to be draughty, poorly insulated and energy inefficient.

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The Home Energy Pack above gives general advice for your type of house - but see below for detailed studies of one or more particular houses in your group

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1930’s – 1950’s Houses

About 8% of houses in Widcombe were built in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The majority of this group were built in the 1930s.

These properties are typically of cavity wall construction with the outer wall leaf built out of or faced with stone. Floors are typically of suspended wood floorboards: the space below has to be well ventilated so spaces between the floorboards are a common source of draughts.

Originally these properties would have had wood or metal casement windows however in approximately 90% of properties these older windows have been mainly replaced.

Roofs are typically ‘hipped’ with large and accessible loft spaces. While originally un-insulated some level of insulation is now typical.

Our survey showed that the residents of this group of houses cover a wide age range, but there are relatively more older people – and relatively fewer younger people. Residents in this group generally rate their houses more energy efficient than others.

Download the Home Energy Savings Pack for your 1930’s Home


The Home Energy Pack above gives general advice for your type of house - but see below for detailed studies of one or more particular houses in your group

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1960’s – 1970’s Houses

About 10% of houses in Widcombe are of 1960’s and 70’s construction.

These properties are typically of cavity wall construction. They also tend to have shallow pitched roofs with small loft spaces which can be difficult to access for insulating purposes.

Generally these properties are fitted with double glazing but some single glazing remains.

Open fans and window vents appear to be common.

Our survey showed that the residents of this group of houses cover a wide age range, but there are relatively more older people – and relatively fewer younger people. Residents in this group generally rate their houses more energy efficient than others.

The older residents particularly tend to perceive their homes to be energy efficient. They are also more likely to keep the heating on through the day.

They tend to be happy with the way their house is, and are more likely to be put off introducing energy saving measures by the disruption and the length of payback time.

Download the Home Energy Savings Pack for your 1960s/70s Home


The Home Energy Pack above gives general advice for your type of house - but see below for detailed studies of one or more particular houses in your group

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1980’s Houses

About 7% of houses in Widcombe are of 1980’s or newer construction.

These properties use modern building fabrics and are typically built to modern Building Standards with good or even excellent thermal performance. This said, it is sometimes the case that newer houses do not comply with building standards (for example, missing insulation in lofts or stud walls) and where this is the case there can be opportunities for cost effective energy saving measures.

Generally these properties are fitted with double glazing but single glazing was still permitted until 1995, and is sometimes found. Gas central heating and combination boilers (no hot water tank) are commonplace.

Our survey showed that the residents of this group of houses cover a wide age range, but there are relatively more older people – and fewer younger people.

Residents in this group rate their houses more energy efficient than others.The older residents particularly tend to perceive their homes to be energy efficient. They are also more likely to keep the heating on through the day. They tend to be happy with the way their house is, and are more likely to be put off introducing energy saving measures by the disruption and the length of payback time.

Download the Home Energy Savings Pack for your 1980s Home


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