Scott, J., Deveci, G., Edge,
M., & Martin, P. (2004).
“Towards Zero Heating: Affordable Models
for Environmentally Friendly Housing in Scotland”.
In the Proceedings of Construction and
Building Research (COBRA) 2004, September 7-8th, pp. 12.
The authors have designed, built and monitored a ‘Zero
Heating’ home, the end result of a major research programme aiming to
produce radical new designs for more sustainable affordable housing in Scotland’s
rural areas. The precedents for housing with these kinds of aims have tended to
be one-off, high cost designs, which have made environmental improvements at
the expense of economic affordability. They are typically not replicable
designs, which can be applied to a mass market for affordable housing. The ‘Zero
Heating’ home, despite being a single, prototype house, aimed to deliver
replicable improvements at an initial capital cost no greater than that of
standard, low cost, ‘spec-built’ mass housing. The ‘Zero
Heating’ home offers great possibilities for radical energy conservation
and other environmental improvements in new housing. The house was monitored
and evaluated to establish the building performance and the benefits to the
environment of this type of home. The analysis of this home will also establish
key recommendations for future evolutions in affordable housing for the mass