1840s British Victorian Gets a (Spendy) Net Zero Makeover

Not long ago, we reported on an American Folk Victorian house that received a net zero overhaul. Now, the trend continues in the United Kingdom–albeit with an upscale twist.

This renovation is, in essence, a whole new house built around an existing 1840’s two-bedroom, semi-detached Victorian redbrick home. Designed by John Christophers of Associated Architects, this urban Birmingham residence is twice as big as the original house and produces as much energy as it consumes–presumably through a combination of renewable energy technologies (there’s no word on the project website). It must achieve its net-zero goals, though, because it won the 2010 RIBA award for architectural excellence.

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image via DigsDigs

Originally a two bedroom home, the Birmingham Net Zero House was converted into a four bedroom dwelling with a studio loft at an expense of £1,160 ($1,700) per sq meter (youch!)  According to DigsDigs, it features fourteen reclaimed and recycled materials as well as integrating sustainable building materials.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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