An energy efficient house unveiled at the University of Nottingham could eventually provide a model for the sustainable construction industry in China.
The house built by BASF for the Creative Energy Homes Project is part of a scheme established by the university’s School of Built Environment to encourage sustainable design ideas.
It is hoped the house, which uses renewable fuel and the latest thermal technology, will be used to promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing.
The project was initiated by Saffa Riffat, Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems. He believes the initiative could not only have a major impact in the United Kingdom, but also globally through its links with a university it runs in China.
“Our aim is to replicate the concept of the Creative Energy Homes constructed in the UK at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China so that we can promote sustainable homes in China,” he said.
Other companies involved in designing and constructing homes as part of the scheme are Stoneguard, Roger Bullivant Ltd, E-on, and Tarmac.
The Stoneguard house, being constructed by students, is nearing completion.
Brian Ford, Professor of Bioclimatic Architecture and Head of the School of Built Environment, said: “The Creative Energy Homes project provides a platform for the School’s partnership with industry to explore different approaches to low carbon house design.
“The BASF House is a very significant step towards the Government’s goal of all new housing being zero-carbon by 2016, underlining the importance of cross-sector collaboration and the School’s leading role in this process.”
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.
In designing the house BASF has taken into consideration a number of issues currently affecting the construction industry. A low carbon emissions target has been set for the house.
The house will eventually be occupied by university staff or students and energy efficiency will be carefully monitored.