Photovoltaic solar panels are the latest innovation of style to a home that doesn’t just reduce CO2 emissions – it prevents them.
Structures known as “Earth-sheltered houses” utilise the sun’s heat on the thermal mass of the building, converting it into a large storage heater, explains the Daily Mail.
“Earth sheltering is the architectural practice of using earth against building walls for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss, and to easily maintain a steady indoor air temperature. Earth sheltering is popular in modern times among advocates of passive solar and sustainable architecture, but has been around for nearly as long as humans have been constructing their own shelter”.
This releases heat slowly and keeps comfortable level of warmth throughout the building, while heavy foliage on the roof absorbs the CO2 that is released and turns it into oxygen. Solar panels then provide the building with all its electrical needs.
Architect Jerry Harrall told the publication: “An earth-sheltered building is the only building form that can mitigate CO2.”Since 1997 all the buildings I have designed have achieved zero heating.”
However, according to Michael Holmes, spokesperson for the National Home Improvement Show, take-up of green technologies in the UK is still not what it should be.
He claims that more needs to be done to convince the public of the immediate cost benefits of features such as solar panels.
Other news coming from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is that local authorities will be allowed to generate income by selling renewable energy:
Anglian Home Improvements, formerly known as Anglian Windows. Providing solar technologies for Britain’s homes in 2010.