As part of the annual British Science Festival held in Bradford September 2011, a previously derelict house was renovated to demonstrate the latest in energy efficient household technology. The adaptations undertaken mean that the House of the Future is a practical scheme with realistic intentions, which showcased how local products can help lower fuel bills and be environmentally friendly.
The concept was spear-headed by the former ‘Be Involved’ team at The Chamber, a project which links businesses with local community activities; Rex Procter & Partners and Saltaire-based architects Rance Booth & Smith, with over 60 other local companies providing time, products and services for free.
The property was bought by Bradford Metropolitan District Council using a Compulsory Purchase Order after years of neglect, and has since been sold.
Key examples of the technologies and systems incorporated in the property include a high efficiency condensing boiler fitted with a heat recovery unit and connected to low surface temperature radiators, low energy LED Lighting, and a photo-voltaic panel array to generate electricity.
Visitors were encouraged to interact with the displays and technologies in the house. Guided tours of the property were offered for pupils at local schools, making science, engineering and technology relevant and interesting to the next generation.
Rance Booth Smith Architects together with Rex Procter & Partners, The Bradford Property Forum and The University of Bradford worked together to create the ‘House of the Future’ as part of The British Science Festival in Bradford.