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Is this Britain's home of the future? First 'bill-free and energy-positive' house built

This is the first time reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage have been combined into one home, according to the experts who designed it from Cardiff University.

The home would be completely free of energy bills and could be the future for British housing, after it had been built as a prototype to meet new targets for zero carbon housing set by the UK Government.

Experts have said that the design could be a "game-changer" for the buildings industry.

The home reduces energy demand through high levels of thermal insulation and reduced air leakage.

The design is also energy efficient design with low carbon cement, structural insulated panels (SIPS), external insulated render, transpired solar collectors and low emissivity double glazed aluminium clad timber frame windows and doors.

At the same time the renewable energy supply, as well as electrical and thermal storage, allows energy generated at the house to be used directly by those living there.

The property combines solar generation and battery storage to power both a combined heating, ventilation, hot water system, as well as its electrical power systems, including appliances, LED lighting and a heat pump.

The roof is south-facing and features integrated glazed solar panels that allow the roof space below to be naturally lit - this has also been designed to reduce the cost of bolting on solar panels to a standard roof.
The SOLCER project was designed by Professor Phil Jones and his team based at the Welsh School of Archi­tec­ture.

“Seems this is the way forward for house building but how much would it cost” say’s Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.

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