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Delivering NetZero carbon housing at scale using construction solutions manufactured off-site

What is Energy House 2.0?

The Energy House 2.0 laboratory will be the largest test and research facility of its type, offering world leading research and academic expertise in Smart Living. 

Within Energy House 2.0 there are two environmental chambers which can recreate a wide variety of weather conditions with temperatures ranging between -20˚C to +40˚C and simulated wind, rain, snow and solar radiation. 

The project is being part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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Saint-Gobain has partnered with Barratt Homes and a host of innovative companies to understand how sustainable housing can be delivered at scale using construction solutions manufactured off-site, in line with our vision to be the worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction.

Working in the new state of the art facility at the University of Salford - Energy House 2.0 - Saint-Gobain and partners will construct a three bed detached house, designed to meet future performance and regulation requirements. This project will provide an understanding of how to deliver Net Zero carbon housing at scale using off-site lightweight construction solutions, and how these homes will meet the Future Homes Standard. Within eHome2 we will pilot the use of next generation heating and ventilation technologies as well as smart technology to enable occupants to change the temperature and turn on the shower at the click of a button. 

Following the build, there will be continual monitoring of a home’s ‘as-built’ performance to help understand how the home performs and inform future innovation. 

The building work has now begun at the site, with the breaking of the ground in June 2022. 

Keep an eye out for more information in the coming months about the project and our partners.

Saint-Gobain is investing in our future through the creation of sustainable solutions, driven by customer centric innovation, to address the needs of tomorrow, today.

Tom Cox,

Technical and Development Director, Saint-Gobain Offsite Solutions

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