Living without carbon (Times, June 2010)

How to make your home green.  For little more than the cost of a new-build, the architect John Christophers has made his home a model of energy efficiency, reports Ruth Bloomfield.

I’ve seen the future — and it’s in Birmingham. In the unassuming suburb of Balsall Heath, the architect John Christophers has revamped and extended a classic Victorian semi to create a 2,000sq ft, four-bedroom home for himself, his wife Jo Hindley and their five-year-old son Theo.

Christophers has also made sure that the house is entirely energy efficient: It generates its own power and is so well insulated that there is no heating system apart from a wood-burning stove that was used intermittently during the coldest days of last winter.

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