Zero carbon home from Sheppard Robson, Arup and Kingspan features PVs, biomass and a 'wind catcher'

The UK’s first house to meet the top level of the new Code for Sustainable Homes will be built by June.

Code 6 house

The net zero carbon home, designed by architect Sheppard Robson, Arup and Kingspan, will include high levels of thermal insulation and will also be kitted out with smart metering and monitoring. This records energy consumption and allows residents to see how much energy is being consumed.

The two and half storey, three-bedroom house will also include building integrated photovoltaics, a biomass boiler and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.

The house will also be future-proofed to address the predicted increase in temperature due to climate change, the architect said. This will include a wind catcher/light funnel providing passive cooling and ventilation as well as shaded balconies and shutters to restrict direct sunlight and heat gain.