A new three bedroomed detached house in Bridgend in Wales has been designed and constructed in such a way that it has become the first carbon positive home to be built in the UK. It incorporates a variety of eco-friendly features and benefits such as solar panels, LED lighting and a heat pump.
The solar panels have been incorporated into the south-facing roof. There is a battery to provide power to the home when not directly using energy provided by the sun through the solar panels such as in an evening.
There are many features to help improve the energy efficiency of the property and also reduce carbon emissions such as insulated render and panels. Low carbon cement has been used in its construction. It has an air heating system that uses the rays of the sun.
It is claimed that more electricity can be sent to the National Grid than the house will use. Presumably, this will provide an additional welcome source of income. It is interesting to note that the cost of building this home is in line with the cost of the construction of social housing.
The battery and solar power is capable of powering the combined hot water, air ventilation and heating system as well as the electric power system that looks after the heat pump, lighting in the home and the appliances the occupants will use.
We are sure that you will agree this is an interesting move forward in the construction of properties here in the UK. If more homes are built in this way it will no doubt lead to the UK getting that much closer to achieving its renewable energy and carbon emission targets by 2020. Of course, it will also be good for the solar panel industry here in this country if a significant number of properties similar to this are constructed.