Award for low carbon grand designs

Award for low carbon grand designs

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The flagship Creative Energy Homes project at The University of Nottingham has been recognised for its relevance and industrial collaboration in this year’s prestigious Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards.

The project has seen a development of eco-homes built on the newly created Green Close at the Department of the Built Environment on University Park. It brings together industrial partners from across the house-building and energy sector to investigate how we can reduce energy use in our homes. The project won the Civil Engineering Award at a ceremony in London on Friday 4 December 2009.

Led by Professor Saffa Riffat, Head of the Institute of Sustainable Technology, the project impressed the judges for its work in attempting to answer some of a major questions surrounding climate change reduction policy such as; how our homes can contribute to energy saving; what house building methods and materials are best for reducing energy use; and whether these techniques can be applied to existing housing stock.

The awards are run by The Engineer, the leading magazine and website for technology and innovation, in conjunction with main sponsor BAE Systems. The eight categories in engineering and technology recognise the importance of collaborative links between the UK’s businesses and universities and outstanding examples of the co-operation.

Professor Riffat said: “I am delighted that we have won this prestigious award for our work on the Creative Energy Homes project. The project addresses innovative construction methods and sustainable technologies to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in buildings. The timing of the award could not better as the world’s nations meet in Copenhagen to discuss ways to tackle climate change”

The homes include:

The BASF House has been designed to showcase state-of-the-art energy efficient housing. It is also helping industry accelerate the use of these products, demonstrating to the marketplace that building products and technologies are available today to reach the 2016 targets.

The E.ON 2016 House aims to develop and assess cost effective measures for reducing carbon emissions from ageing domestic properties. The University was given special planning permission to build the 1930s style house to 1930s specifications. The three-year research programme will test a range of possibilities focused on areas such as changes to the building fabric, heating and cooling techniques and use of energy.

The Tarmac House — will demonstrate how the highest levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes can be practically achieved at a low cost whilst also providing a template for future zero carbon housing across the UK that can easily be replicated.

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