Eco house under construction

Published:  22 June, 2010

Kingdom Housing Association is building an eco house to test environmental technologies for use in future building projects.

Kingdom Housing Association is building an eco house in Pittenweem, Fife, to test environmental technologies for use in future building projects..

The house will include modern construction methods and renewable energy technologies to determine which ones are best used within affordable housing developments.

Among these will be solar water and photovoltaic panels to heat water and convert sunlight into electricity, as well as air source heat pumps.

David Tibbs, partner at house's designer, Oliver & Robb Architects, said: "The aim of the project is to find cost-effective ways of providing high levels of comfort and air quality while addressing fuel poverty and emissions."

Tibbs also claimed the property will exceed carbon-emission targets for 2010, 2013 and 2016.

The project – which is being part-funded by a grant from the Scottish government – is expected to be completed in September and will be monitored for two years.