Beyond Zero Carbon Housing - Ben Hopkins Rachael Hibbert Chris Dalton

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A one day symposium on zero/low carbon sustainable homes took place at The University of Nottingham on the 24th October, 2012. The event offered professionals within the construction industry a unique opportunity to gain added and significant insight into the innovations, policies and legislation which are driving the construction of zero/low carbon energy efficient homes both here in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. It explored solutions to sustainability issues “beyond” the zero carbon agenda. BZCH followed on from the successful ‘Towards Zero Carbon Housing’ symposium the University hosted in 2007. This event is part of the Europe Wide Ten Act10n project which is supported by the European Commission Intelligent Energy Europe.

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Beyond Zero Carbon Housing - Ben Hopkins Rachael Hibbert Chris Dalton

  1. 1. Beyond ZeroCarbon Housingexploring solutions to sustainability issues beyond the zero carbon agenda2 4 th O c t o b e r 2 0 1 2 a t T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N o t t i n g h a mDepartment of Architecture and Built Environment
  2. 2. © Copyright Notice A l l t h e m a te r i a l i n t h e s e s l i d e sm ay n o t b e u s e d o r re p ro d u c e d w i t h o u t t h e ex p re s s p e r m i s s i o n o f t h e a u t h o rs
  3. 3. The Saint Gobain Nottingham H.O.U.S.E Ben Hopkins (Bennetts Associates) Chris Dalton (Sheppard Robson) Rachael Hibbert (Evo Energy)
  4. 4. THE COMPETITION 2010 SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE The Rules: • Plot of 25m x 20m • 5.5m high • Site area of 74m2
  5. 5. THE BEGINNING•Began as a 5th Year diploma studio project•Led by the winning group the design was developed by astudent team of all year groups and courses.
  6. 6. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS•To perform environmentally in both Madrid and UKclimates•To show that the house can work within a communityhousing scheme for a range of tenures•To comply to competition rules and regulations
  7. 7. THE DESIGNFamily Home• A truly sustainable house is one which provides adequate density to form asustainable part of an urban fabric.• An appropriate response to the Madrid 2010 brief was to show how a smallfamily house could be produced within the brief.Environmental Issues• At all times we have considered the implications of providing what iseffectively a self sufficient house.• Meets Code Level 6 and PassivHaus standards.4 Day build• Perfect opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of off-site construction.• The house is designed in “chunks”. These pieces were carefully designed toallow efficient logistics.
  8. 8. Ground Floor First Floor
  9. 9. THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS1. Panels arrive and filled with insulation 2. Modules formed from panels and fully 3. Modules craned into position on site finished in factory conditions4. On site finishing 5. Treatment of courtyard 6. House mirrored within masterplan
  10. 10. 1. Studio 7, Kings Meadow Campus... • The panels are manufactured by Pasquill and delivered to site
  11. 11. 2. Constructing the modules • The finished panels come together to form the individual modules • The modules are fully finished both internally and externally before being transported • All services are combined with two modules with plug and play connections to the rest of the house
  12. 12. Trial Run... • We were asked to showcase the Nottingham H.O.U.S.E as a primary exhibition at EcoBuild (2010), Earls Court, London • The process of transporting the modules, assembling and disassembling them in a shorter time period than for the competition was a much needed exercise
  13. 13. 3. On Site in Madrid
  14. 14. • Before the modules could be craned into position the temporarycompetition site had to be prepared• The site was levelled, with timber sections marking out thefootprint of the house
  15. 15. Craning the modules into position• The modules were craned in one by one and directed veryprecisely by highly skilled crane drivers• Steel supports were placed on the modules to prevent twistingduring transit and lifting
  16. 16. 4. On Site finishing• Once in position the modules needed to be sealed at thejunctions to create a controlled environment inside• Flashing was added over the joints, solar panels installed on theroof and systems plugged together to create a fully functioninghouse
  17. 17. 5. Courtyard and Landscaping• An ETFE screen bounds the courtyard, replicating theenvironmental characteristics of the neighbouring house in theterrace• Planter boxes lined the courtyard providing growing space andalso defined paths and routes on the public tour
  18. 18. 6. The Finished H.O.U.S.E
  19. 19. The Competition Process1. Public Tours 2. Jury Panels 3. Performance Tests
  20. 20. Public Tours
  21. 21. • Thousands of people shown around the house inEnglish and Spanish.• Great public response to the innovative but veryrealistic approach to housing.
  22. 22. Jury Panels• Expert panels evaluated the HOUSE through tours given by thestudent team.• Panels evaluated Architecture, Innovation, Communications, MarketViability, Sustainability and Solar Systems.•The HOUSE was awarded second place in the Sustainability Contest.
  23. 23. Performance Tests• Tests conducted to show the HOUSE performance. From cookingcontests to the efficiency of the freezer.• The energy balance for the HOUSE was also measured as well asthe Hygrothermal comfort.
  24. 24. Winter Daytime Winter Night
  25. 25. Dismantling• Modules were separated and then removed in much betterconditions than the assembly, allowing team Nottingham to beone of the quickest teams of the competition.
  26. 26. What’s happened since..• The HOUSE is now re-assembled permanently on the Universitycampus as part of the Creative Energy Homes project.

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