SuperHomes was initially set up in 2007 by the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA). The aim was to spread awareness of how household CO2 emissions could be reduced by 60- 80%, even in hard-to-treat homes and to inspire other homeowners to act.
In recognition of its work on SuperHomes the Academy won an Ashden Award in 2009 and a Sustainable Energy Europe Award in 2014. In 2014 SEA merged with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), helping to ensure that SuperHomes continued to grow and thrive.
The initial target was to reach 200 homes and this was done, with 222 homes eventually reaching SuperHomes status. This meant that there was a SuperHome within 30 miles of over 85% of the population of England.
An important aspect of the original SuperHomes programme was peer to peer learning through a programme of free national open days. In addition, there was a case study of each SuperHome on the project website with lots of resource materials and video fly-throughs.
Following a period of relative dormancy SuperHomes was relaunched by NEF in April 2021 with a new Rating Scheme and member Network, with funding from the MCS Charitable Foundation and Innovate UK and strategic support from the Sustainable Development Foundation.