Prototype solar powered house unveiled at Ecobuild

Prototype solar powered house unveiled at Ecobuild

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A full scale zero carbon, solar powered house, designed and built by students at The University of Nottingham has been unveiled at the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.

The prototype home, built with the low carbon agenda and mass market in mind, went on display for the very first time at Ecobuild — which takes place at Earl’s Court between March 2 to March 4 2010. Among the visitors to the house on opening day was Housing Minister John Healey.

The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E (a family home optimising the use of solar energy) is the result of months of planning, design and construction work by a 40 strong team of students from the Department of the Built Environment.

The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E is Britain’s entry in an international house building competition — the first ever Solar Decathlon Europe 2010. The event, showcasing houses from 20 universities around the world, features the very latest in sustainable solar architecture. The final stage of the competition takes places in Madrid between June 18 and June 27 2010 when the full scale buildings have to be built and ‘test-driven’ by the students.

The Nottingham design meets the world’s most stringent design codes — German Passivhaus Institute Design, UK Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 (Zero-carbon), Lifetime Homes compliant & secured by design compliant. This is the first time all these codes have been have been complied within a house of this type.

The British entry has attracted major sponsorship from Saint Gobain. The award winning garden designer Ian Dexter and Michelin Star chef Sat Bains are working with the students to provide and grow ecologically sourced food which will form part of the dining experience in the house during the competition in Spain.

The Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 is judged on 10 separate areas of expertise.

• The architectural merit of their home
• Industrialisation and market viability
• Engineering and construction
• Solar systems
• Electrical energy balance
• Comfort conditions
• Communication and social awareness
• Household functionality
• Innovation
• Sustainability

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