Rostrevor Get First Zero Carbon Home

January 2015

Picturesque village Rostrevor County Down gets its first ever zero carbon home. Green Future have completed a bespoke 900sq ft detached home in the coastal village. With space a premium, Green Future architects skillfully designed the smart home to maximize space and layout, bay windows were also incorporated to make best use of natural light. A car port constructed with its roof used to display the solar thermal panels as space was limited on the roof of the home. This is the first code for sustainable homes level six house built in the region. 

What are zero carbon homes?

- They are homes designed for ordinary people

- They are designed and built to the Government's new definition of zero carbon

- The government's definition of a zero-carbon home is one where there are zero net emissions from all energy used over one year. This means that energy needed for heating, lighting, hot water and all electrical appliances in the house, such as TVs and computers, must be obtained from renewable sources.

- The construction of zero carbon homes takes into account the surrounding environment which maximises daylight and encourages a sustainable lifestyle

- They use green technology solutions namely wood pellet boilers, air source heat pumps and solar panels as opposed reliance on oil and gas

- They can be open planned to take full advantage of daylight and natural ventilation which minimises energy consumption - Homes are currently under construction in the North and South of Ireland and across the UK and Europe

- They are the future of house building

What are the benefits of zero carbon homes?

- Green Future NI zero carbon homes can cost as little as £300 per year to heat and light

- Homeowners can earn money through the Government Renewable Obligation Certificate Scheme

- Homeowners are not at the hands of volatile energy markets

- You can control the temperature in your home to suit your needs

- The homes are constructed in such a way to use daylight and fresh air providing climate neutral, comfortable and attractive places to live

- The high performing homes promote minimising energy consumption and can help eradicate fuel poverty

- They are economically sound and considered a best value proposition