Lord Mayor Praises Zero Carbon Concept At Official Visit 

September 2012

Lord Mayor of Armagh Sharon Haughey was officially recently welcomed at the Green Future House. During her official visit the Lord Mayor praised the builders of the Code for Sustainable Homes Level six house built by the the firm Green Future NI Ltd.

Welcoming the Lord Mayors visit, a spokesperson for the company said interest in sustainable living is more important now than ever. He said "Recognition from local council, government and wider business community is tremendous, energy efficient homes make economic and environmental sense. Green Future homes do not rely on fossil fuels such as oil or gas, so aren't subjected to rising fuel prices, their homes are more energy efficient, so they save money. It's that simple."

Lord Mayor commended the firm on its mile-stone achievement saying "What an accomplishment". 

Ulster University Centre for Sustainable Technologies undertook a research programme of performance testing and monitoring of the Green Future House. Statistics reveal that the Green Future House is 77 per cent more efficient than traditional homes. This pioneering zero carbon blue-print build which showcases how affordable and accessible it is to build an energy cost saving zero carbon house not only meets but exceeds the Government’s required transition to mass construction of new‘zero carbon homes’ by 2016.

 “It is great to see Building Control NI taking the concept of zero carbon housing very seriously, with rising fuels costs and energy crisis issues affecting us all, housing needs to become more energy efficient the ‘Green Future House’ is a live working test-bed which effectively tackles these major challenges” said the company's spokesperson.

Green Future NI has created this zero carbon prototype at a highly market competitive price at a similar cost to a traditional home. Evidently the ‘Green Future House’ which boosts negative C02 emissions is the first and only house in the province to be awarded 5 years no rates under the Governments now defunct Zero Carbon and Low Carbon Homes Scheme.

This 5 bedroom traditionally designed country home a showhouse and Open Learning facility for members of the public and industry to learn how a zero carbon house works was officially opened back in March by Minister for the Environment Alex Attwood MLA and his Irish counterpart Phil Hogan T.D.

Most importantly for the homeowner is the fact this zero carbon blue-print build of superior performing homes is capable of near-zero energy bills. Annual energy bills for this 5 bedroom 3100sq ft story and a half house equates to only £300 a year.