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HYBRID ADAPTABILITY: Zero-Emission Lifetime Homes in the Remote Rural

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Burford


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The cost of living rurally, already higher than urban areas in terms of food, transport and energy, is exacerbated by energy inefficient and inflexible homes, which has had detrimental impacts on the viability and sustainable growth of rural communities. Following on from community land buy-outs in the late 1990’s, the communities on the Island of Eigg and the Knoydart peninsula in the remote north west of Scotland have facilitated innovative measures which have been central to lowering their CO2 emissions and maintaining the viability of their off-grid locations. Central to Eigg’s strategy has been the implementation of a world-first zero-emission grid combining LZCGTs, battery storage and smart controls, telecommunications networks and shared equity land policies to encourage self-build housing. Notwithstanding, there is a lack of appropriate community-led, affordable, adaptable, grid-integrated housing models which remains a significant barrier to encouraging new people to move into the community to ensure its long-term resilience. The following paper discusses parameters for the design of alternative hybrid zero-emission housing typologies that have the capacity to cater for varied tenures and lifestyles, including live-work and rentable space, providing lifetime homes and energy balancing scenarios through their in-built flexibility.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Burford NK, Robertson C, Rodley D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: PLEA 2018

Year of Conference: 2018

Online publication date: 10/12/2018

Acceptance date: 08/08/2018

Publisher: PLEA