The Innovation Park
The BRE Innovation Park currently features eight full-scale real life houses and a healthcare campus built with sustainability at the heart of their design - a community of buildings that demonstrates innovation in construction practices, technologies and systems.
The buildings and key features on the Park are described below. Please click on the links for further information.
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.
Hanson EcoHouse - built using traditional materials and assembled according to the best modern methods of construction principles.
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.
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.
New for 2015
Two new buildings are currently being constructed on the Innovation Park and will be open to visitors shortly.
The first, the Üserhuus, has been developed to provide quality affordable homes for the social housing and Registered Social Landlord sectors. The units are factory-assembled offsite producing quality, airtight units that can be delivered to site fully insulated, with windows in place, all M&E services installed and the initial decorating done. Üserhuus will be using these homes to evaluate the system and iron out any issues before work starts in the coming weeks on a new 96 home development in Stirling, Scotland.
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The second is the Wienerberger e4 brick house™, which will be the first house built to the new BRE New Home Quality Standard. The new home focuses on the four pillars of Wienerberger’s global e4 concept – energy, economy, environment and emotion. It utilises a fabric first approach using a clay building envelope to deliver a house with reduced energy needs, meaning lower running costs for the home owner.