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Zero emission homes

June 13, 2007

According to the BBC the first zero emission home has been unveiled. This two bedroom house (see above) is insulated to lose 60% less heat than a normal home. It also features solar panels, a biomass boiler and water efficiency devices such as rainwater harvesting.
According to the report “The home generates all its own energy – and when you’re away on holiday can send electricity back to the National Grid. The company says its annual energy bill would be £31, as compared to £500 for the standard new home of this size.”
This is all great news but I guess the important thing is how quickly this sort of design and technology get incorporated into all new homes.
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  1. Jock Coats
    June 13, 2007 at 8:55 am

    It’s utter nonsense of course. It’s not the first by a long way. Sue Roaf, a Lib Dem councillor in Oxford and architect has long lived in one in north Oxford and has collaborated on several books called “Eco-House” and sequels. And then there’s Bill Dunster Archtiects, now known as the Zed Factory (Zero Emission Development) who also ensures that the materials that go into the homes minimise the embodied carbon in the house which I don’t detect that this one does necessarily.

    Oh, and they all look better than this crazy scheme.

    And then there’s the beautiful but not very practical for urban use http://www.earthship.net that has been around for ages.

  2. msdemmie
    June 15, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    I felt this was spectacularly ugly as well as having problems on working out where the two bedrooms were.

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