Following on from the first article on refurbishing a Victorian terraced house in Walthamstow, and the second part (focusing on insulation) here is a summary of the third instalment, focusing on floors.
About 10% of a house’s heat is lost through the floor, so insulating does matter. If you’ve got a cellar it makes it easier, but if not then putting loft-insulation underneath is what you need. But how to make sure it stays close to the floor but doesn’t touch the ground? Is plugging the holes enough? And can we expect to see a comeback of the sausage dog draught excluders of the 1960s and early 70s??
The full article with more details is available here: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/525907/turning_our_victorian_terrace_into_an_ecohome_part_three_floors.html