Zero Carbon House
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  • We lower our carbon footprint by producing our own energy.

  • We use an electric vehicle for transportation that is powered by our own energy.

  • We grow food in high-tech greenhouses using a hydroponic growing medium and LEDs which use only a small amount of energy to manipulate the plants and extend the growing period.
  • The Zero Carbon House project benefits the island of Unst by helping to raise the profile of a fragile island community.
  • The house has become a useful study vehicle for schools and universities.


  1. To construct a highly efficient, low embodied energy house on Unst, Shetland.
  2. To install a low carbon energy system compromising two micro wind turbines, an electric car, an air to water heat pump, watery battery heat store, power store and control system.
  3. To erect a high technology greenhouse for local food production.
  4. To establish a viable business promoting low carbon living, supplying local, carbon-neutral food and managing an electric vechicle for community use.
  5. To monitor performance of the energy system in real time, using students on placements staying in the house to experience zero carbon living, and expert consultants.
  6. To disseminate the results of the project across Shetland, Scotland, UK and internationally through a variety of media including film, World Wide Web, talks and visits.
Lowering the carbon footprint
  1. Pilot of integrated approach to low carbon living that can be replicated across the UK and elsewhere.
  2. Demonstration of micro generation technologies to power house, transport and food production.
  3. Development of market for micro generation in Highlands and Islands by demonstrating a system that can be implemented on remote grids and "unplugged" if required.
  4. Demonstration of Re-fuel cell power storage system in a domestic/light commercial intelligent, integrated system for carbon neutral living.
  5. Integration of social, economic and environmental agendas through supporting local food production business, low carbon community transport and low carbon housing.
  6. Addressing fuel poverty-in housing and transport in rural deprived urban areas, with reference to private, council and housing association developments.
Wind turbine
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