Carbon neutral 'Eco House' unveiled in Barnstaple

A new prototype carbon neutral Eco House created by local building company Loosemore has been officially unveiled at North Devon College. The environmentally friendly building boasts massive savings on CO2 and could form the backbone for developments a

A new prototype carbon neutral” Eco House created by local building company Loosemore has been officially unveiled at North Devon College.The environmentally friendly building boasts massive savings on CO2 and could form the backbone for developments around Barnstaple, including a potential 295-dwelling ground breaking scheme on land on the outskirts of Newport.The house was constructed by Loosemore at the college's main site and features the most up-to-date renewable technologies, such as solar heating, triple glazing and rain water harvesting.The new development, on land between the North Devon Link Road and Landkey Road, would be known as Mount Sandford Green and include facilities such as an hotel and pub, open space commercial units, community centre and local shop.The proposal would depend on the forthcoming local plan as well as planning permission.Its forefather, the Eco House, opened on Friday as part of the third annual Industry Open Day at the college, when visitors from a variety of industries and organisations got the chance to chance to see the latest developments in the construction and motor vehicle trades. Alongside talks and demonstrations there was a chance to tour the Eco House and see just what made it tick, with cut away sections showing key parts of the building and how it functions.Parts of the technology already used there will become part of the fabric of proposed Loosemore developments at Frankmarsh Park and Weirside Way in Barnstaple, as well as at an 11-flat project already under way near Bear Street.Managing director Nick Loosemore said they were very grateful to the college for allowing the house to be sited there."It gives people a chance to see the future now," he said."This is a prototype and the idea is to show what we hope to develop at this site on the edge of Barnstaple. It shows the new technologies used to take the house up to categories 5 and 6 within the Code for Sustainable Homes, which means it's carbon neutral with no CO2 emissions."Neil Hookway, the Head of the School of Construction at the college added: "We are delighted to be working with Loosemore Chartered Building Company on this innovative project to showcase environmental technologies which are currently being used in modern heating and lighting systems. "We have also been working with European partners on a project entitled Energy Plus, to enhance learning opportunities in renewable energies in the South West region.


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