Off-Grid Eco-Home Focuses on Lifecycle

Bath ZedFactory Eco-Home

I keep an eye on things in the UK because, for some reason, I have this feeling that they’re focusing more on sustainability than we are.  I mean, they’re not necessarily talking about green this or green that, they’re talking about lifecycle of materials and carbon emissions.  This super luxury eco-home, for instance, was designed with lifecycle in mind.  Designed by ZedFactory, the, ahem, 7535 sf home has received Bath (UK) planning permission and should be complete within about a year.  It will feature efficient insulation, solar orientation, thermal mass, and earth sheltering to minimize energy consumption.

Built into the steep escarpment of the site so as to avoid disruption to agricultural land, the off-grid home also will have solar hot water panels, rainwater storage, low-flow toilets, low-energy appliances, solar electric panels, a wind turbine, and ZedFactory’s trademark wind cowls for passive ventilation.

I mean, every detail of this enormous home, other than its size, has been considered.  A recent news article mentioned that the home would generate more on-site electricity during its life than would be used to build the structure and sustain its occupants.  That’s a good thing … positive energy buildings, something we could focus more on here in the U.S.

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  • SteamboatEcoBroker

    Very cool building. I agree that the UK is ahead of us on green building. They blog more, offer more and seem to have greater interest. Hopefully the US will pass them soon and take it up a level.


    • Preston

      Whoa, hold up … to say they blog more than us might be a stretch. We’re blogging like crazy over here. :)

  • whistler

    I guess its true size doesn’t matter! Come on the size of that place should warrant a slap on the hand rather than kudos. The SF is one thing but the volume of the home would be enormous, how green is that ….really.

    • Preston

      whistler – we’ve made a decision to showcase positive efforts without hammering everyone for shortcomings. But with that, I did say in the article: “every detail of this enormous home, other than its size, has been considered.” I think we’re saying the same thing …

  • Dan

    Proof that size doesn’t matter,
    as much as net effect.

  • Anonymous

    slippery slope. sure, i’d love if we can change behavior of consumers but realistically? i don’t see that changing as much. i agree with Preston here in that we should focus on the progress and change we CAN make.

    if we don’t have to change our lifetstyles and we can change the walls we live in and the roof’s over our heads to mitigate our consumption/waste, isn’t the result the same?

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