Spanish prototype behind green home of the future

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ELECTRICITY companies probably won’t be happy about the idea, but it is possible to build a house that generates more energy than it consumes.
Following a prototype created by a Spanish woman, Ester Coma-Bassas, the first Solcer house has been built in the UK by a team directed by the University of Cardiff.
The three bedroom home took just 16 weeks to build and combines technology in a way that allows it to reduce the energy needed to run it while generating and storing more than it needs.
Built with integrated glass solar panels and an energy storage system, the home also includes a series of insulation techniques to reduce running costs.
The University of Cardiff has calculated that for every €144 of electricity the house takes from the network it will push approximately €251 worth back into the system. All for an estimated construction price of approximately €1,430 per square metre.
Professor Phil Jones, Solcer project director, said this could be the green home of the future.

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