The December Historic Building Calendar

12 Eco-homes
21st Century – ‘Eco Homes’, Upton, Northampton

‘Eco-homes’ were once considered part of an alternative lifestyle, but the onset of global warming and the prospect of ever increasing energy costs have migrated them to main stream thinking, and in the early years of the 21st century mass house builders began experimenting with the house type.
This pair of semi-detached ‘eco-homes’ are part of a new, sustainable urban extension at Northampton. They incorporate high levels of insulation along with triple height, south-facing sunspaces that also acts as a thermal buffer between the principle living spaces and the outside, while their roofs are fitted with solar hot water and photovoltaic panels.

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