17 June 2007
The UK's first new zero carbon house
OFFSITE 2007 is a recent event in the UK which explored how modern construction and advanced technologies are coming together to deliver higher performing, more sustainable and smarter housing. OFFSITE was also a showcase for the UK's Governments new Code for Sustainable Homes. The new standard is voluntary at this stage, but the bigger picture is for the UK to head towards zero carbon emitting housing by 2016.
One of the houses at the event is being lauded as the UK's first zero carbon emission house. The Lighthouse designed by Sheppard Robson and built using the Kingspan Off-Site TEK system of SIP panels.
The green credentials of the house include solar panels (2), rainwater harvesting, biomass boiler (4), plenty of natural light and a windcatcher for ventilation (1). Sustainable materials are used where practicable and the design maximises the feeling of space from a small footprint.