A guest house in Lewes has made history as the first to achieve zero carbon status in the South East.
Skyhouse, in Cuilfail, followed hot on the heels of the UK’s first carbon positive energy house last year, Solcer House, to achieve official zero carbon status, which means it generates as much energy as it uses.
Overall, 2015 saw record levels of investment in the renewable energy sector. Norman Baker, former MP for Lewes, has hailed Skyhouse as ‘a model for the way forward - not just for Lewes but for the country as a whole’.
Zero carbon is reached through the detail of its design. Skyhouse is a partially earth-sheltered house powered by 32 solar panels for electricity and uses a biomass boiler for heat and hot water.
It uses a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system (MHRV) to keep the air fresh and natural insulation combined with triple glazing to keep warm air in.
Solar gain, LED lighting, harvested rainwater, the use of non-toxic building materials and much more, all contribute to its eco credentials.
Neil Williams, energy consultant, calculated the annual CO2 emissions for Skyhouse to be -0.09 tonnes. The carbon dioxide benchmark for an average UK room is 30kg while the Skyhouse B&B comes in at -2.56kg per room night (Green Tourism Carbon Calculator).
Visit the website at www.skyhousesussex.com or call 07468 691 860 for more information about Skyhouse.
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