Students at the University of Nottingham are moving into a new, futuristic house. This three-storey home is being built as an example to the world on how people can cut carbon dioxide emissions. Over a period of 20 years, students will live in the house and monitor heat, light, and water consumption. The goal of the experiment is to cut CO2 emissions by 60 percent.
The house features an earth-air heat exchanger for heat; a grey water management system to reuse shower water for the toilet; a rainwater-harvesting system to collect water for the washing machine, shower and gardens; solar heating; and a ventilation / heat recovery system.
Mike Hinman of Stoneguard, the company building the house, states, “This building is, quite simply, 44 years ahead of its time.”