It is unique in that it uses a number of technologies and design approaches, such as the low carbon systems, developed by the LCRI’s Low Carbon Buildings Research Programme.
Zero carbon energy performance involves a combination of reduced energy demand and renewable energy supply, using the electricity grid to import and export energy. Electrical and thermal storage have also been used to allow energy generated at the house to be used directly by the occupiers. In order to drastically reduce the property’s energy use, the house uses an innovative energy-efficient design, which includes low-emissivity double-glazed aluminium-clad timber frame windows and doors, incorporating Pilkington energiKare™ glass. Pilkington energiKare™ is twice as energy-efficient as standard double glazing as it uses advanced coatings to reduce heat loss through windows and allows more heat (energy) from the sun in through the glass – this effect is known as solar gain. This improves the energy efficiency of the windows and subsequently helps to reduce the cost of heating bills.
As a strategic partner of SPECIFIC, one of only seven innovation and knowledge centres across the UK, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited has worked closely with academics and other industry partners, such as Tata Steel and BASF, in addressing the challenge of delivering low-carbon electricity and heat in UK buildings effectively and efficiently. Phil Ramsey, chief technology officer at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, said: “It’s vital that as an industry we contribute to the advancements in generating, storing and using energy in buildings, and are able to develop and deliver the latest in market-leading glazing technology to support this.
“We recognise the importance of forging strong links with academia and our work with partners, such as SPECIFIC, enables us to come together to develop innovative new ways to build the houses of the future. This particular project has used the latest design and technology to build a smart energy-positive house and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with SPECIFIC in order to deliver further developments in the area of energy efficient homes.”
Kevin Bygate, chief executive at SPECIFIC, added: “Buildings that can generate, store and release their own renewable energy could be a game-changer. The SOLCER House is intentionally built with the very best off-the-shelf, affordable technologies, so it proves what’s possible even now – and there’s plenty more technology in the pipeline.” To view the project click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w9g4A-9Hq4