Barratt zeroes in on a low-carbon future with the Z House
December 10 2021
Barratt Homes has launched a zero-carbon home concept that will be occupied and monitored to assess performance as part of a commitment to reduce direct carbon emissions by 29% by 2025.
The Z house is a design showcase intended to demonstrate what can be achieved by a mainstream volume housebuilder with lessons learned from its construction to be shared across the industry.
Built from closed panel timber frames with insulated cladding, factory fitted windows and offsite masonry wall panels the design reduces reliance on bricklayers and reduces build time by half.
Based on an existing house type the prototype home has been built at the University of Salford main campus and will be occupied by an academic during the monitoring stage. Features include overhead infrared panels to provide zero-carbon heat, air-powered showers and plaster which absorbs pollutants. The team have also collaborated with the RSPB to include biodiverse gardens.
David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said: “Ultimately, the aim is to find solutions to enable the industry to build high quality, zero-carbon homes that customers love, at scale. We can then share this knowledge to help the industry deliver the future of sustainable housing.”
Barratt has committed to making all new homes zero carbon by 2030.
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