BSRIA highlighted a Merseyside house this week which costs £15 a year to heat.
The £242,000 house in the north west of the UK is well insulated and thickly cladded which retains heat and uses a ventilation system to recycle it. The house has underfloor heating in the bathroom and on the ground floors.
The house uses an air source heat pump to provide heat, and has solar PV panels on its roof to provide power and income. The property is no experiment, however. It is a family home built by its owner.
“We understand that the owner pays virtually nothing for his power. This is clearly a great example of energy efficiency at its best that should be used as a shining example within the industry and BSRIA fully admires this low cost and low carbon approach. Indeed, the house uses technology that could help us all achieve a lower carbon and lower cost future. Evidently, there are lessons to be learned for the construction industry here. This property works as an interesting and useful case study.
“Projects like this give us hope that we can achieve low energy buildings. There are more good news stories needed and if you want to help BRSIA inspire the next generation of engineers, please keep these case studies in circulation.”