Zero Energy Buildings are possible

roach bridgeThe Roach Bridge Paper Mill is to be fully refurbished including the installation of a new water turbine which will generate 150Kw of electricity utilising the River Darwen which is a raging bundle of energy that surges down from the hills all year long.
The head start that this brings a building seeking the holy grail of ZEB is unprecedented and Steven Hunt & Associates have been awarded the project to convert this dream in to a reality.Roach Bridge Image
Work is already underway with the creation of a full building model which provides a dynamic working tool to examine various interacting conditions for consideration.
It is proposed to install ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water heating, natural ventilation and night time cooling. Preliminary analysis show that the holy grail is achievable and design is taking shape to incorporate these features.