The collaborative Nottingham H.O.U.S.E (Home Optimising the Use of Solar Energy) project between Saint-Gobain and the University of Nottingham has travelled an incredible journey. As main sponsor Saint-Gobain assisted the group of Architecture and Engineering students to detail and specify their vision of a viable starter home for the UK market, which not only met the 2016 ‘zero carbon’ challenge but also met the needs of a couple moving in to their first home that was capable of supporting a growing family.
Saint-Gobain helped review and detail the specification, using products and solutions from the breadth and depth of the Saint-Gobain product range.
Research undertaken through industry/academia partnerships is a vital part of developing sustainable housing solutions to tackle the key issues of climate change, fuel poverty and the provision of warm and affordable housing. It is also vital that we educate the next generation of professionals with the knowledge to design and deliver these solutions - something we are doing here at Nottingham with our own students. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Saint-Gobain on this exciting innovative project which is the latest addition to our Green Close research houses. Not only will the Nottingham HOUSE act as a research test bed but also as a teaching and learning facility to inform people about energy saving and renewable energy technologies.
Chair in Sustainable Building Design University of Nottingham