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HHow do you make a draughty old building fit for a net-zero world? The architect Ben Ridley with his wife Susanne and their two-year-old daughter Edyth did just that and insulated their Edwardian terrace in Muswell Hill in north London to the highest passive house standard in a quiet environment. lower makeover for £ 250,000.

Untouched since the 1970s, the four-bedroom property was a swirl of red carpets of flowers, pink flock wallpaper, moisture, and mold when they bought it for £ 1 million in 2019. “It was dark, old and hadn’t been inhabited for a year,” says Susanne, 41, a yoga teacher, who admits that she was “filled with fear”. But Ben, 37, the founder of Architecture for London, saw its potential – and the vast garden in which

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