RADICAL RETROFIT WITH NATALIE BLACK - THE FILM
Watch Natalie Black as she tells us how starting with a derelict building in Muswell Hill was ideal for a deep retrofit project because "it had to be stripped back, right to brick and stud work inside the building and that's a great way to start when you're doing retrofitting, you're starting with the structure."
BUILDING CENTRE RETROFIT 23 exhibition and talks
RETROFIT MEETS: NATURAL MATERIALS
Event video from talk at
Wed 7 Jun 2023, 6-7.30pm
Natalie Black of Enbee Architecture and Design showcases examples of retrofitting older properties with natural materials. She explores and puts into practice innovative ideas and uses a pallet of low-carbon natural materials to reduce the energy loss of buildings, create healthy indoor environments and minimise the impact of building work.
MUSWELL HILL LOW CARBON RETROFIT UNWRAPPED!
We love to design with natural materials for people and planet. This is why we are especially excited to see our Muswell Hill low-carbon retrofit project approaching completion with an anticipated 95% energy consumption reduction.
We used a pallet of mostly natural insulating materials such as wood fibre, cork and lime plasters. Look out for our talks and soon-to-be-released film that shows some of the innovative methods used. Read more about the Muswell Hill Retrofit Project
RETROFIT AND THE CLIMATE
RETROFIT AND THE CLIMATE:
In February 2020 and October 2021, enbee Founder Natalie Black took part in Speak Up for the Climate events in London. She shared the merits of responsible retrofitting to tackle climate change.
On average we refurbish fully once every 30 years. Within the next 30 years, the world needs to be operating at zero carbon to avoid the worst impact of climate change. With our homes accounting 22% of the UK's carbon usage this is one of three key measures we can take on to reduce our personal carbon footprint along with tackling transport (not flying in particular) and becoming meat and dairy-free (as much as possible).
With 80% of our housing stock expected to be still standing in 2050, we can help and influence change by taking on this issue when refurbishing our own homes. The benefits are many, including far healthier indoor air quality and greatly lowered bills. Good for you, good for your monthly bills and good for the world.
Speak Up for the Climate delivered a 10 Point set of demands to Downing Street in October 2021 before Cop 26.
A TALE OF TWO PROJECTS:
We love our designs to reflect our clients. The two projects below were designed at roughly the same time. One client loved white and cream and a more traditional look and the other loved pink and green and a more contemporary style. We deliver work bespoke to our clients, to reflect what they love, whether that is a simple palette or creating works of influence.
We are proud to display the Bluepatch seal of approval, and featured in one of its recent videos. Scroll through to about two minutes in to see Founder Natalie Black on the benefits of retrofitting
FERNDENE ROAD RETROFIT
We're delighted that B-House, Herne Hill
was selected within the category of London's environmental leadership prize 2020. #dontmoveimprove @nlalondon
ELMAR HOUSE, N15
features in Don't Move Improve
"The outcome is wonderful. A joy to live in and a project which has added to our house value as much as our day-to-day enjoyment. We have everything we wanted from the project: more space, better fuel efficiency, practical solutions, neat design features and a home built
for a large family without feeling as if it’s a temple to children.
The improvements are too numerous to list – but what is obvious is the improvements Natalie’s made to a Victorian house – which now stays cool when the weather is too hot, and cosy when it’s cold outside.
We’ve managed to survive a challenging time for any family, but we’ve come through unscathed thanks to the support from enbee. Natalie has practically become a member of the family and we’ll miss her time and support when it’s all ended. We can’t have imagined getting such a good service and have been proud to recommend enbee to everyone we’ve spoken to."
HOW TO RETROFIT YOUR HOME
Natalie Black spoke at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green on 14th December 2018
Wishing your home wasn't so drafty and so expensive to heat? Dreaming of comfort, low-energy bills and a tiny carbon footprint? Interested in the use of natural materials? Then do come and listen to us speak about how to make your home full of comfort and joy.
B-House whole-house retrofit welcomed a good 250 visitors over the Open House weekend.
Showing a passionate combination of aesthetic design with the most up-to-date practices in eco-design; retrofitted to reduce energy bills. Natural materials used to enhance indoor air quality, absorb CO2 and start to engage with the circular economy.