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Energy efficient housing showcased

The first of six properties designed to show case state-of-the-art energy efficient housing was officially opened on January 30 at The University of Nottingham.

Energy efficient housing showcased

The house, built by BASF, is part of the Creative Energy Homes Project on University Park. The project was set up by the School of Built Environment to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing.

Several companies including Stoneguard, Roger Bullivant Ltd, E-on, BASF and Tarmac agreed to fund the project and come up with their own innovative ideas. There are 6 houses in the Creative Energy Homes project. Two additional houses will be built by Tarmac.

Brian Ford, Professor of bioclimatic architecture and head of the school of built environment, said, “The Creative Energy Homes project provides a platform for the School’s partnership with industry to explore different approaches to low carbon house design.

“The BASF House is a very significant step towards the Government’s goal of all new housing being zero-carbon by 2016, underlining the importance of cross-sector collaboration and the School’s leading role in this process.”

Architect Derek Trowell said: “The house is intended to be extremely energy efficient and to have as near as possible zero carbon emissions. Secondly, the house is intended to be extremely economical and affordable. The key effect of these two important briefing considerations is that the house has a compact floor area and relies as much as possible on passive solar design to keep costs down.”

Energy efficiency will be carefully monitored once university staff or students occupy the house.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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