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Zero-energy house from Trivselhus-by-Esh


Zero-energy house from Trivselhus-by-Esh to be showcased by the Ideal Homes Show as the 'Future-Proof Home'

The Ideal Home Show is to reveal what it is describing as the Future Proof Home at this year's exhibition in March 2015.

Built by Trivselhus-by-Esh, the 'Future Proof Home' has the potential to be run at Zero-Energy cost.

Expected to be viewed by over ¼ million people during the 17 days of the Show, the actual house which is being showcased will be brought back to the North East and offered for sale at a site in Northumberland later this year.

Trivselhus-by-Esh is working closely with Northumberland County Council as it seeks innovative solutions enabling low-carbon housing in Executive and Social Housing markets.

Esh Group has formed a joint venture with Swedish company Sodra, owners of the Trivselhus brand, to create the Future Proof Home.

Brian Manning, Chief Executive of Esh Group explained:

"We are very proud and excited that the Trivselhus-by-Esh house has been chosen by the Ideal Homes Show to be showcased as the Future Proof Home. It will feature prominently as one of only three houses in the Show Village at the event.

"We've been working together with Trivselhus since 2009 and we unveiled our first home as part of the joint venture in September 2010 at Bowburn in Durham and followed with further houses in Sunderland. Since then careful checks carried out on energy consumption in these homes has enabled us to show that it is possible to run a Trivselhus-by-Esh home without incurring any energy bills; i.e. at Zero-Energy cost."

Lee Newton, CEO of Ideal Home Show owners Media 10, said:

"As the past few years have seen energy bills reach near extortionate prices, it's great to see that there is a finally a solution to the problem: The Future Proof House.

"The Ideal Home Show has always been on the forefront of innovative housing and architecture, and while this year we're moving back to our old home at London Olympia, we're looking ahead to a future where the everyday family home will have the opportunity to experience Zero Energy bills'.

Unique Building Experience

The 'Future Proof Home' is 'manufactured in factory conditions and assembled on site. The Fabric First approach is the design process which focuses attention on the integrity of the 'shell' of the building thus reducing the homes' energy requirement. 'Climate Shield' is the name given to the closed-panel timber frame construction.

'Climate Shield', superior build envelope, excellent thermal efficiency, lifetime cost savings

  • High-precision construction methods are used to create the panels of the house
  • Energy-saving, passive applications are integrated into the Climate Shield. These reduce thermal leakage, retain heat and reduce energy demand and include:

• 240mm wool insulation built into the closed panels at fabrication stage which provide a highly insulated layer; warm in the winter, cool in the summer

• Triple glazed argon filled windows to trap natural heat gain and which can be maximised by the orientation of the building

• Precision engineered joints between building sections which form an airtight bond

• Service conduits embedded into the build at factory stage so maintaining the integrity of the building fabric

'Fabric First'

  • The 'Fabric First' design method, which places the emphasis on the integrity of the building 'shell', involves high precision methods to be used throughout the manufacture and construction process
  • All service conduits, doors and windows are precision fitted into the wall fabric, therefore, margins of error are minimised and an airtight shell results; essential for proper performance.

Energy Saving and Energy Generation

The exceptional insulation quality and resulting airtight Climate Shield provides a temperature-controllable environment with exceptionally low space-heating requirements.

Adding in renewable energy generation technologies can result in the homeowner benefitting from income generated by the home itself.

Paul Armstrong, Technical Director at Trivselhus-by-Esh, who bought one of the very first Trivselhus homes in the North East, explained further:

"Renewable energy generation technology such as air source heat pumps and photovoltaic solar panels can be added to the Future Proof Home to generate energy for the building itself.

"If homeowners sign up to Government incentives, such as Feed-In Tariff, they can benefit from reducing their energy costs."

Easy Assemble, Wide Range of Architectural Styles

Specialist building teams can easily assemble a typical four-bedroom house in one week with just two workers and a crane.

The home lends itself to a wide range of architectural styles and building sizes and types – so offering potential to the full extent of the housing market, from starter apartments to luxury family homes.

Virtually any type of exterior finishing materials can be used, therefore Trivselhus-by Esh is highly versatile and can be used where planning restrictions demand stringent materials standards be specified and adhered to.

Brian Manning continued:

"We believe many people will be attracted by the stylish quality construction of Trivselhus-by-Esh. The Future Proof Home is highly versatile and can be used in almost any build situation and environment.

"Customers recognise it as an environmentally friendly product – both 'green' and sustainable – and we know that the potential benefit to the owner of controlling their energy bills is really appealing to them.

"Government regulations about Sustainable Homes cover many aspects of development such as type of site, house design, closeness to bus routes, bicycle sheds etc. Whilst recognising these are factors, at Trivselhus-by-Esh we have chosen to focus on what we believe is the major worry for every householder; the long-term trend of rising energy costs."