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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
Architect
Sheppard Robson
Engineers/Specialists
CCB Evolution (Structural Engineer), Arup (M&E Engineer), Davis Langdon (Project Manager)
Location
Western Europe - GB - Building Research Establishment, Watford
Climate Zone
temperate
Design status
build
Date of completion
2006
Type
Housing
GFA (m²)
93
Building Costs
275 EUR
Building Costs / m² GFA
2.957
Primary Energy (kWh/m²a)
49
Cooling / Heating-System

Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery Unit

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, wind towers, use of high thermal mass, others
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
solar heating, photovoltaics, energy recuperation
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

 The Lighthouse is the UK's first net zero-carbon house to meet Level 6 (the highest level) of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The heart of the concept for this prototype home is the ambition to create homes where innovative environmental design and construction methods do not comproise the quality of the occupants' life, but add to it, creating adaptable, flexible spaces designed for sustainable modern living. The highly efficient building envelope was constructed using Kingspan Off-Site's TEK Building System and is clad in sweet chestnut. The Lighthouse generates all its electricity and heat on plot from renewable sources and has a regulated energy consumption of just 49KWhr/m2/yr.

Key Sustainability aspects
solar building integration, vernacular building strategies, accessability for disabled, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design, use of innovative design tools, zero energy design, plus energy design
Sustainability rated
Other
Social and ethical responsibility

The Lighthouse is the UK's first net zero-carbon house to meet Level 6 (the highest level) of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The heart of the concept for this prototype home is the ambition to create homes where innovative environmental design and construction methods do not comproise the quality of the occupants' life, but add to it, creating adaptable, flexible spaces designed for sustainable modern living. The highly efficient building envelope was constructed using Kingspan Off-Site's TEK Building System and is clad in sweet chestnut. The Lighthouse generates all its electricity and heat on plot from renewable sources and has a regulated energy consumption of just 49KWhr/m2/yr.