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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The World's First Zero -Emission Home

The UK has unveiled its first zero emission home that will set the environmental standard for all new homes in the future.
The two-bedroom house is insulated to lose 60% less heat than a normal home.

It also features solar panels, a biomass boiler and water efficiency devices such as rainwater harvesting.

The design, unveiled at the Offsite 2007 exhibition in Watford, meets rules to be applied in 2016 that aim to make UK homes more energy-efficient.

The Kingspan Off-Site's Lighthouse design is the first to achieve level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes - which means the house is carbon neutral.

About a quarter of UK carbon emissions come from homes.

Green pledge

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced in his Budget in March that zero-carbon houses would be exempt from stamp duty.

See inside the eco-house
BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said the Kingspan home is the first to reach level six requirements in the UK.

"The home generates all its own energy - and when you're away on holiday can send electricity back to the National Grid. The company says its annual energy bill would be £31, as compared to £500 for the standard new home of this size," he said.
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