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Barratt's green build to join recycled school and ecohomes

Prolific UK housebuilder Barratt has announced it will add its own full scale zero carbon home to the showcase of green buildings at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) site near Watford.

Barratts house, which uses recycled construction products, will join existing prototype sustainable homes and a school built with recycled wood (pictured). The six newest low carbon buildings, including the school, were opened by Housing Minister Yvette Cooper at BREs Offsite 2007 show last month and are part of BREs long term research project.

Although the buildings are prototypes there is serious commercial potential as the Governments 2016 zero carbon targets for housebuilders and developers get closer.

Designed by architects Gaunt Francis, Barratts Green House won the Home for the Future Award run by the Mail on Sunday. Its design includes recycled slag foundations, lime render walls and pitched roofs of photovoltaic panels.

Buildings unveiled at Offsite 2007 included Re-thinkings carbon neutral recycled wood school, and five holistic sustainable homes built by the Stewart Milne Group, Kingspan, Ecotech, Hanson and Osborne.

At the launch Cooper said: A quarter of carbon emissions come from our homes. Thats why zero carbon homes are so important.

Many of the technologies exist already as these homes show. Now we need more work to test them and deliver economies of scale.

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