ZERO BILLS HOME
Imagine living in a home with no bills, but one which actually earned you money.
Imagine if your house was efficient and cheap to run, but warm and comfortable to live in.
Imagine if this house was also beautiful, affordable, and buildable.
The Zero Bills Home is the groundbreaking low-cost zero carbon building that offsets energy bills and enhances internal living standards. Don’t take our word for it visit the show home at the BRE in Watford for proof.
ZBHCo houses are designed to be modern and contemporary, built from traditional materials in a sustainable construction system. The system combines an energy efficient modular frame structure with an integrated solar PV panel roof. The
electricity generated from the PV roof panels earns revenues from the Feed-in Tariff scheme which, when combined with the free use of the electricity stored in the batteries, leads to incomes and savings exceeding the residual cost of electricity - a Zero Energy Bills Home. This will protect households against ever-rising energy bills and help to reduce fuel poverty.
ENERGY PRODUCTION VS. ENERGY DEMAND
The graph on the right demonstrates that the house is energy positive for 8 months of the year and only energy negative for 4 months. Annually this balances out to the house producing more energy than is needed.
We have maximised the use of UK sourced materials to minimise carbon footprint. The timber studs, OSB and steel is all UK sourced. We maximise the use of natural building materials and eliminate urethane foams, materials with high off grossing and materials with low life cycles. This makes the building one of the lowest embodied carbon buildings possible. Combined with our BIPV solar roof, battery storage and zero fossil fuel energy systems the home also starts paying back its embodied carbon by generating more electricity than it needs over typical year.
The build system has been simplified to benefit both small and large builders. It brings the benefits of off-site construction on site without the additional overheads or lead in times of factory production. The system promotes the use of local labour trained using the technical manual and the ZBHCo house kit ordering process, creating a fully scalable system from single homes to thousands of homes annually through a chain of national builders merchants.
The system enables simple, adaptable plans which create convenient internal layouts for any plot orientation. The open structural system increases flexibility for self-build and site specific variations. We have developed this further to create a range of standard house types for detached, semi and terraced typologies. ‘Design code’ planning kits allow new communities on larger sites to design themselves whilst recognising the importance of the placemaking agenda.
First floor plan
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan (lifetime home/granny flat)
Second floor plan
The system build costs at scale are circa £1450- £1650/ m2 for a completed building which compares favourably with current costs of meeting building regulations. Combined with no net annual energy bills and the potential to achieve higher resale values based on the additional features of the building, the ZBH system offers a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional builder offerings.