A zero carbon house in Balsall Heath, Birmingham was featured on the BBC website this week, bringing more exposure to new, ground-breaking sustainable construction technology, and highlighting the requirements of the UK Code for Sustainable Homes.
The refurbishment of the 1840s Victorian terraced house was designed by John Christophers of Associated Arcitects. The maximisation of natural light helps to light and warm the home, whilst thicker insulation aids heat retention.
As a result, the house has no fuel bills whatsoever, and has achieved a level 6 rating according to the UK Code for Sustainable Homes. The refurbishment has also been responsible from turning from a two-bedroom property to a four-bedroom.
The loft extension is exposed enough to help draw in enough to heat the structure entirely.
The house’s historic integrity has been kept intact via clever designs which were integrated into the house – with no demolition required. Despite the drastic reshaping of the house, it still sits perfectly within the Victorian Terrace.