Developers Esh Group are to build a “futureproof” house at the Ideal Home Show to showcase its expertise in low-carbon housing.
The County Durham-headquartered business is taking part in the project through its Trivselhus by Esh division, after forming a joint venture with Swedish company Sodra, owners of the Trivselhus brand, to create the Future Proof Home.
The Future Proof Home has the potential to be run at zero-energy costs, and is expected to be viewed by more than 250,000 people during the 17 days of the show, which starts at London’s Olympia on March 20.
Once the exhibition ends, the actual house being showcased will be brought back to the region and offered for sale at a site in Northumberland later this year.
Brian Manning, chief executive of Esh Group said: “We are very proud and excited that the Trivselhus-by-Esh house has been chosen and it will feature prominently as one of only three houses in the Show Village at the event.
“We’ve been working together with Trivselhus since 2009 and we unveiled our first home as part of the joint venture in September 2010 at Bowburn in Durham and followed with further houses in Sunderland.
“Since then careful checks carried out on energy consumption in these homes has enabled us to show that it is possible to run a Trivselhus-by-Esh home without incurring any energy bills – in other words at zero-energy cost.”
Paul Armstrong, technical director at Trivselhus-by-Esh, who bought one of the very first Trivselhus homes in the North East, said: “Renewable energy generation technology such as air source heat pumps and photovoltaic solar panels can be added to the Future Proof Home to generate energy for the building itself.
“If homeowners sign up to Government incentives, such as Feed-In Tariff, they can benefit from reducing their energy costs.”