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Homes for the future

Coma Bassas, Ester 2015. Homes for the future. Challenge Cardiff 2015 (Winter) , pp. 17-19.

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To the dismay of many in the construction, property and renewable energy industries, the Chancellor George Osborne has scrapped plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral by 2016. Shortly after his announcement, a team led by Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture unveiled the UK’s first carbon positive house, capable of exporting more electricity to the national grid than it uses. Built in just 16 weeks at a cost well within the social housing budget, the three-bedroom ‘Solcer House’ demonstrated that zero carbon targets could be met in an innovative and affordable way, creating long-term benefits for both the economy and the environment. As one of the UK’s most successful house builders, Steve Morgan OBE, chairman and founder of Redrow plc,appreciates the vital role that innovation plays in providing affordable homes. Steve is interested in the challenges associated with designing and building a carbon positive house, and curious as to how it can be rolled out more widely across the country. He spoke to Ester Coma Bassas, the project architect of the Solcer House, to find out more.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 17:01

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