UK sees construction of first completely solar-powered home
The first house to be powered entirely by the sun’s rays in the UK has finished construction and is set to go on sale.
According to greenbuildingpress.co.uk, the five-bedroom house is designed to generate twice the amount of electricity needed to power the house. The provision of hot water and heating will also be powered by solar energy.
Keeping the home’s carbon footprint as low as possible
During the summer, energy will be collected and then stored underneath the building so when the winter months approach, a heat pump will transfer energy back to the home.
The house is located in Great Glen in Leicestershire and has been constructed by Caplin Homes, reports constructionenquirer.com. It is expected to go on sale for a whopping £1.2 million but the owner is sure to save a lot of money on energy bills.
Generating twice the amount of electricity needed to power the house
Director of Caplin Homes, Michael Goddard, said that the firm chose to use low carbon materials and sustainable construction methods to help keep the home’s carbon footprint as low as possible.
“Our ambition is to prove to UK house builders that it is possible for them to build houses to these standards and to provide them with the means to do so,” he said. “This will make a significant contribution to our country meeting its 2020 carbon reduction targets and enable householders to be set free from ever increasing energy bills.”
Author: Laura Varley Date Written: 03 October 2013