Northern Ireland’s first zero carbon house unveiled

Declan McAteer Posted by
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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Community

Northern Ireland’s first ever zero carbon home “Green Future house” accredited under the Government Low Carbon and Zero Carbon Homes Scheme has been unveiled today. The conventionally designed new build constructed by Green Future is the first home ever to qualify for free council rates (five years no rates) under the Low Carbon and Zero Carbon Homes Scheme.

Pioneered by Green Future, an Armagh based firm established with the purpose to help with the implementation of innovative energy saving solutions in the field of construction, this ground-breaking zero carbon conventional build home, located on the outskirts of Armagh is a mile-stone in the history of eco-homes and energy efficient buildings in Northern Ireland – four years ahead of the government target, which decrees that all new homes should be zero carbon by 2016.

John McClatchey Managing Director of Green Future said “Our main goal is to promote and spread the use of affordable energy saving technologies in private as well as public developments. We wanted to create an eco-home conventional in its design but leading-edge in terms of its green credentials, we are very proud to have achieved this”.

A record breaking level of air tightness was achieved in this house which also boosts negative CO2 emissions. The University of Ulster’s Centre of Sustainable Technologies is currently researching the thermal performance of the “Green Future House” with findings to be published in May 2012.


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