We had to do a double take on this one. A UK energy company is building a brand-new house, to 1930s standards, in order to go green. The idea isn’t entirely as daft as it sounds. E.On, one of the largest energy companies in Britain, is teaming up with the University of Nottingham to build a replica 1930s house to test retrofit low carbon technologies. The house will be on campus, and will be lived in by students, and will be used to collect real-life data about the technologies that are utilized:
“"It will be lived in. We want to show the real savings, to get real data, from real people," said Dr Mark Gillott, research and project manager for creative homes at the university. Gillott said that more than 21m current homes - about 86% of the total - will still be in use in 2050. "It's vitally important that we identify and research technologies that are aimed at reducing the energy consumption associated with existing homes,"
While we’re all about retrofitting existing homes for energy efficiency, wouldn’t such an experiment be better conducted on, well, an existing home? No matter, we wish any effort to green our aging housing stock luck. For more on the UK’s push for greener buildings, check out our posts on UK builders gearing up for zero carbon housing, or remodeling the suburbs for One Planet Living.
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