Britain’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.
The modest three-bedroom house built in just 16 weeks on an industrial estate outside Bridgend in Wales cost just £125,000 to build and, said its Cardiff University designers, will let occupants use the sun to pay the rent.
Problem 1: that price doesn’t include the land. Which is, of course, the major cost of building anything anywhere anyone actually wants to live.
According to Jones, the building costs of the 100 squar e metre energy positive house could drop below £100,000 if several were built at the same time. “We save money and space by making the photovoltaic panels the roof itself and by dispensing with radiators and making the air collector part of the wall,” he said.
Solar panels degrade over 20 years. so the entire roof has to be replaced every 20 years then?
Very cheap that, very cheap.