Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lighthouse UK’s first zero carbon home

The Lighthouse is the UK’s first ever net zero carbon home that also meets the level 6 of the UK Standard Code for Sustainable Homes. The design has been unveiled at the Offsite 2007 exhibition in Watford. The two-bedroom house is only 93.3 square meters and is insulated to lose 60% less heat than a normal home. The building has solar panels and evacuated solar tubes on its roof, as well as making use of passive measures with ventilation chimneys. It also incorporates rainwater catchment as part of the building design.

The Lighthouse use Kingspan Off-Site’s TEK Building System with a U-value of 0.11W/m2K and excellent levels of airtightness and has been designed to provide generous daylight levels and includes effective solar control.

The building integrate renewable and sustainable technologies designed by Arup. These include water efficiency techniques, such as low volume, sanitary ware and appliances, rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling, as well as renewable energy technologies, including a biomass boiler, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and a solar-thermal array.

Lighthouse also includes mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), as well as a roof-mounted wind catcher, which provides secure night-time ventilation for passive cooling, in conjunction with thermal mass boards in the ceilings and external shading.

It is a leading example because not only is it made with the most sustainable materials, but is also designed to encourage and shape a more sustainable lifestyle for its occupants.

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Archi Scarlet said...

its beautiful!!! thanks for posting...

Byggeservice said...

This is simply unbelievable! I am really satisfied with my Lighthouse UK’s first zero carbon home.

steph the plumber said...

Great house and new build.

Any shot of the interior of the property?

Bel and Bryn said...

The timber frame design needs to be credited to

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