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Nottingham eco-street showcases homes of the future

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe residents of Nottingham have the chance to learn more about sustainability after a work to construct a street of eco-homes was completed by one of the city’s universities.

The homes incorporate the latest building technologies and designs to increase energy efficiency and keep fuel bills low. Among the features are underfloor heating, wall insulation, loft insulation, a solar thermal system and rainwater harvesting equipment.

In total, 12 different methods have been utilised to limit energy usage and generate power. The aim of the project is to demonstrate how the technology can be integrated to reduce fuel poverty and improve the green credentials of the area’s social housing.

The Creative Energy Homes project is the idea of the University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The institution’s Professor of Sustainable Building Design, Mark Gillott, said that research is needed to tackle issues of climate change, the provision of affordable and warm housing, and fuel poverty. The students involved are using the initiative as part of their studies, learning how to design and deliver the solutions.

The detached house has three levels, with a balcony on the first floor and a mix of solar power and insulation to boost sustainability.

Homeowners often look to install underfloor heating to combat rising fuel bills. In existing properties, electric underfloor heating mats can be used, with tile backer boards for insulation. Water-based underfloor heating, however, is often chosen for new builds, as once the installation process is complete, energy bills are kept low.