Eco homes will cope with extreme heat

NEW homes at Bicester’s eco town will be able to cope with severe hot weather predicted by climate experts.

A2 Dominion say the 393 houses in the first phase of the 5,000-home eco town on farmland at North West Bicester will be future- proofed to deal with global warming.

Homes will be designed to stay cool during hot weather and will allow for window shutters – used in hot countries to keep rooms cool – to be added in the future.

The move comes after research into the impact of climate change on buildings by a team based at Oxford Brookes University, called the low carbon building group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD).

A2 Dominion hopes to start work on the site by May.

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1:31pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Severian says...

Assuming of course that these houses ever get built! They could have heated the Eco-town for years and years using all the hot air that has been talked about the proposals.

A2 Dominion don't even own the land yet!

And this news story implies that the houses will be able to stay cool in the future if we get climate change, because the people who live there will be able to add shutters! So pretty much the same as every other house in the country then? More hot air I think.
Assuming of course that these houses ever get built! They could have heated the Eco-town for years and years using all the hot air that has been talked about the proposals. A2 Dominion don't even own the land yet! And this news story implies that the houses will be able to stay cool in the future if we get climate change, because the people who live there will be able to add shutters! So pretty much the same as every other house in the country then? More hot air I think. Severian
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2:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Adding shutters to keep the place cool...

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for the "feel good" press release surely?

Any home can be "upgraded" a for cooler feel. Ceramic tiles on concrete floors keep things cool, fitting shutters.

Even opening a Velux window in the loft and a downstairs window to obtain a through draft helps!
Adding shutters to keep the place cool... Scraping the bottom of the barrel for the "feel good" press release surely? Any home can be "upgraded" a for cooler feel. Ceramic tiles on concrete floors keep things cool, fitting shutters. Even opening a Velux window in the loft and a downstairs window to obtain a through draft helps! Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Tue 26 Feb 13

hagar1 says...

My house built in the 70's is good in hot weather - windows open, curtains drawn etc,etc,etc. What a terrible story - PR at its' very worst! Get down the Village for top PR lessons!
My house built in the 70's is good in hot weather - windows open, curtains drawn etc,etc,etc. What a terrible story - PR at its' very worst! Get down the Village for top PR lessons! hagar1
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Braganca says...

And, at the same time, pink pigs will fly over the new eco town. Shame that the Oxford Mail/Bicester Advertiser has nothing better to do than reproducing inane press releases.
And, at the same time, pink pigs will fly over the new eco town. Shame that the Oxford Mail/Bicester Advertiser has nothing better to do than reproducing inane press releases. Braganca
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9:46am Wed 27 Feb 13

steve1955 says...

Another joke to try and justify millions given to this joke town starting in may?
another joke HA HA
Another joke to try and justify millions given to this joke town starting in may? another joke HA HA steve1955
  • Score: 0

10:21am Wed 27 Feb 13

to ny w says...

Listen folks, we can all sleep peacefully now!!
Listen folks, we can all sleep peacefully now!! to ny w
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12:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

steve1955 says...

Listen folks, we can all sleep peacefully now!!”
Only if we have an eco house when it gets to hot
Listen folks, we can all sleep peacefully now!!” Only if we have an eco house when it gets to hot steve1955
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5:17pm Wed 27 Feb 13

to ny w says...

A2 Dominion need to complete the land deal first. I wonder if Cherwell have got the jitters?
A2 Dominion need to complete the land deal first. I wonder if Cherwell have got the jitters? to ny w
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