Localism Bill is a blueprint for sustainable growth says VELUX

VELUX has partnered with the Energy Savings Trust (EST) and Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to examine the role the Localism Bill can play in promoting sustainable growth.

Sustainable Communities 2012: The Plan for Growth is a free event that will discuss how the bill can be used to create new sustainable communities from planning and housing to energy efficiency improvements and funding. Including panel discussions, question and answer sessions and master classes with the EST, HCA, Town and Country Planning Association and RICS, the event will be held on 1st November at the Brewery Conference Centre in London from 08:15 – 17:00.

VELUX will present a sustainable living seminar based on its European-wide Model Home 2020 project. The session will look at the key design principles behind the six experimental builds, including the CarbonLight Homes in the UK, which are designed and built to benefit occupants, the wider community and be easily replicated and affordable on a mass scale.

Keith Riddle, Managing Director VELUX, comments:

“The Localism Bill provides councils with a blueprint for building new sustainable communities at a time when growth is at the top of the agenda. Issues of planning and housing are at the heart of the bill and our Model Home 2020 projects offer malleable solutions for building thriving and attractive places to live.”

You can register to attend Sustainable Communities 2012: The Plan for Growth at http://www.govtoday.co.uk. A selection of CPD seminars are also available online at http://www.velux.co.uk.



For further information, high resolution images or comment please contact:

Laura Scarrott
The Wriglesworth Consultancy 020 7427 1400

Rishi Banerjee
The Wriglesworth Consultancy 020 7427 1400

About VELUX Model Home 2020

Model Home 2020 is an experiment launched by the VELUX Group as part of its strategy to take an active part in developing sustainable buildings for the future. It is its vision of how future buildings can be both climate-neutral and comfortable and attractive places to live, through use of daylight and fresh air. The project is in full accordance with the next generation of design principles, referred to as ‘Active House’ (www.activehouse.org). The objective is to achieve a balance between energy efficiency and optimal indoor climate with a building that dynamically adjusts to its surroundings and yet is climate-neutral.

Model Home 2020 comprises six demonstration projects. The two experiments in Denmark were built in a partnership between the VELUX Group and VELFAC. Each of the Model Home projects was implemented in close cooperation with local and regional partners, suppliers, architects, engineers and researchers.

Each building must reflect and respond to the different climatic, cultural and architectural conditions of the countries in which they are built. The houses will be open to the public for 6-12 months after completion and then sold. Each house will be monitored during occupancy to learn how the experiments turn out in real-life conditions. The experiments in Denmark – Home for Life in Aarhus and Green Lighthouse in Copenhagen – have been in use for a year, those in Germany and Austria opened in the autumn of 2010, and those in the UK and France opened in 2011.

About the VELUX CarbonLight Homes

The CarbonLight Homes have been designed and built to the new Government definition of zero carbon. They are intended to be real homes for real people, which use nature in an intelligent way to maximise daylight and encourage a sustainable lifestyle. The design is open plan and incorporates high levels of daylight and natural ventilation in order to minimise energy consumption among residents and generate a sense of community. The homes show that common-sense design can be used to create inspirational sustainable houses that can be easily replicated by the UK’s volume house builders.

The CarbonLight Homes were developed in a strategic partnership between the VELUX Group, HTA Architects, Kettering Borough Council, Willmott Dixon and the North Northants Development Company, WindowMaster, VELFAC, Drexel and Weiss and Sonnenkraft supplied the products for the house.

The CarbonLight Homes are one of six buildings in Europe to be constructed by the VELUX Group as part of the Model Home 2020 experiment.



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