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Wednesday23 July 2014

Work begins on HTA's Model Home project

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Work has begun on the Model Home 2020 project, a pilot low-carbon housing scheme designed for Velux by HTA Architects.

The two semi-detached houses, in Rothwell near Kettering, Northamptonshire, are intended to promote the health and wellbeing of the occupants as well as delivering a 70% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions on-site, with a further 30% offset by funding improvements to surrounding housing stock.

“The entire internal volume is open to the three story high apex of the roof, meaning that the whole cathedral like space is flooded with light, with the first and second floor rooms hanging in the space like cells in a beehive,” said HTA managing director Ben Derbyshire.

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  • It's hard not to say "waste of space" when it comes to looking at this 3 storey volume - are people really going to be comfortable and snug sitting under it as it appears they do?

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  • What's wrong with a little invention?

    Quite clearly the sectional image has misled some folk! The 4 bedroom home is 1500 sqft.

    The full height space adds excitment to what would normally be a series of small box rooms huddled around a dark stair well, so typical of the mass housing sector.

    It also allows natural daylight and ventilation to penetrate deep into the home. Reducing energy consumption and improving health.

    Things have to change!

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