A training centre in Dalkeith is going to be home to a one-bed bungalow that will be a driving force behind more sustainable buildings.
The bungalow will include a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. The attic space will be dedicated to solar training – the bungalow will have solar panels on the front and back of the roof. Currently there are over 100,000 households with solar panels on the roof in Scotland! And this number is ever growing. Alongside this, energy consumption has decreased in the last decade, going from around 170,000 GWh to around 155,000 GWh.
This shows that there have been moves towards more sustainable, greener and more energy efficient living.
The project is centred around the desire to improve and upskill the workforce. It tackles the complex challenges that come with retrofitting homes. But it will still show how achievable net zero or zero bill homes can potentially be.
Something to think about
What can you do to cut down on your energy usage at home?
Teaching young people about energy efficiency is key for a sustainable future. This project can be used to educate about energy conservation in a practical manner – the house, once complete, will be open to guided tours. This can show how the technology and new building practices can play a key role in the reduction of energy usage.
Inspiring the newer generation like this can lead to developments like using waste coffee grounds to help strengthen concrete!