Although we believe we’ve come up with a very energy-efficient retrofit design, and combined with the energy offset provided by the investment in the community wind turbine will deliver a zero carbon solution, there is still one critical element over which we have limited control – the tenants.

In highly energy-efficient houses that combine high thermal mass and significant levels of insulation to remove the need for a space heating system, it is vital that the occupier appreciates the design concepts and how to live in the house; if you leave a window open in winter the house is going to get cold!

Therefore we will be working with the tenants moving into the retrofitted houses, to help them understand how the houses are designed, and more importantly how they need to occupy the house to ensure this design is effective.

This subject was covered during a seminar at the recent National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX), and included a name check for Hockerton Housing Project.

Date posted: June 7, 2010 | Author: | 1 Comment »

Categories: Eco homes Existing Homes

One response to “Zero carbon homes need good tech and good tenants”

  1. Mark H says:

    Thanx guys, I have been researching this as a possible business opportunity & given the Govts intention to roll this out 2012 seems like its time! The only thing I can’t see is the financial impact on running the house & of course the value of the house – this would be of interest to me! Apart from that great work!

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