Modular Homes in the U.K. Test Ten Times Tighter Than Code Built Homes

The Building for 2050 project is a research initiative in the United Kingdom designed to examine the challenges and potential solutions for the housing industry in the U.K. as they strive to produce low cost, low carbon housing. One of the program’s case studies, Etopia’s 47-unit development in Corby, Northamptonshire, relies on the use of modular homes.

A recent testing on six of these homes found that they were able to perform ten times better on air tightness tests than homes built to code in the U.K. In fact, these same homes scored twice the Passivhaus Standard airtightness target. When they were outfitted with renewable energy systems, they were able to produce more energy than they used. Using the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for energy efficiency, the six homes achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) score of 103 out of 100 on average.

The whole story can be found at The Fifth Estate.

[Image courtesy of Etopia Homes]

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