Collaboration between the School of Built Environment and BASF began during a European research project which explored the application of the German Passivhaus Standard to other countries in Europe. It has developed from a shared desire to explore how the results of the Creative Energy Homes project might be applied in the UK to achieve an affordable low carbon house and how that could lead to the design and construction of affordable zero-carbon housing.
The UK Government is committed to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20 per cent by the year 2010 but this is set against the projection of a further 4.2 million new houses being constructed between now and 2016.
Dwellings in the UK account for approximately 28 per cent of the UK total of carbon dioxide emissions through the burning of fossil fuel for heating, lights and appliances. This includes combustion on the premises, mainly natural gas for heating and cooking, and combustion in power stations to produce electricity for homes. Space heating accounts for 57 per cent; water heating a further 25 per cent; cooking 5 per cent and lights and appliances 13 per cent. The demand for energy to run heating/hot water systems and other home appliances such as refrigerators, cookers, lighting, etc is expected to be 13 per cent higher in 2010 than it was in 1990.
The Creative Energy Homes are being designed to various degrees of innovation and flexibility to allow the testing of different aspects of modern methods of construction, including layout and form, cladding materials, roof structures, foundations, glazing materials, thermal performance, building services systems, sustainable and renewable energy technologies, lighting system
|Contact: Mark Gillott|
University of Nottingham