The Innovations at the BRE Innovation Park Watford
BRE Innovation Parks aim to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and practice by testing and showcasing innovations
For example, BRE Innovation Park Watford features eight of the world's most sustainable houses built to Code for Sustainable Homes standards, plus a health centre of the future, a refurbished Victorian Terrace and over 400 different construction innovations and emerging technologies. It also includes a state-of-the art community landscape design.
The buildings and key features on the Park currently include:
Visitor Centre - access information on all the buildings and products, and see a range of new designs and technologies.
Barratt Green House - the first house to be built by a mainstream house builder, the Green House achieves Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Cub House - this ultra-modern and highly sustainable modular home is suitable for both social and private housing applications.
Hanson EcoHouse - built using traditional materials and assembled according to the best modern methods of construction principles.
Osborne House - shows that high quality, sustainable housing can be delivered affordably and in volume.
The Prince’s Natural House - a simple, low-tech and easy-to-build way for volume house builders who are seeking to meet increasingly stringent low carbon targets for new homes.
Renewable House - illustrates how hemp, wood, wool and other renewable materials provide excellent options for constructing low carbon, practical and affordable modern housing.
Sigma Home - test run by a family to obtain a ‘real' perspective on living in a home constructed for sustainability using the latest technologies.
Victorian Terrace - a 'hard-to-treat' single-brick Victorian stable block has been transformed into three energy-efficient terraced homes.
Willmott Dixon Healthcare Campus - points to a new age of healthcare that helps people to manage their conditions more independently either at health clinics or in their homes.
Landscape - demonstrates the role of landscape design, not only in creating great places to live, but also in providing energy, waste and water management.