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Eco Council visits Kingswinford Eco House

Students visit a new-build eco vicarage in Kingswinford 

In January Miss Stanley and Mrs Hunter took the Eco Council members to visit an Eco Vicarage in Kingswinford.  The Zero Carbon Vicarage is 4 bedroom detached house that has been developed by the Diocese of Worcester as part of their commitment to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. It is built around the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.

 The Reverend's wife Kate was extremely welcoming and informative about the house's creation and what its like to live in.  She showed the group the wide range of materials that were used in it's construction including polystyrene bricks and recycled glass floors. 

 The main outcome is a house designed to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 that is the highest environmental rating currently recognised and a building to showcase Worcester Diocese’s commitment to energy saving.

 The design was recognised as a shining example of energy saving practice in the Dudley Energy Heroes Awards 2011.

 The visit was a great  given the opportunity to see the innovative design/ build, look at the materials used and statistics on energy consumption and ask the  Reverend Kendall and his wife Kate what it’s like living in a house of the future!