Gaunt Francis won the national architectural competition for the British Homes Awards ’House of the Future’, which was organised with the Mail on Sunday, Building Design and Real Estate TV.

The competition required the design of a zero carbon house aimed at the volume house building market, and was felt to be a good opportunity to demonstrate the practice’s pragmatic approach to sustainable design. Our winning design includes a blend of modern technology and well-proven design principles to resolve some of the issues of modern living in more sustainable fashion without compromising quality of life.

The Green House is designed as a 130m2 three-storey, 3-4 bedroom family home; which can adapt to both detached, semi-detached and terrace configurations. The design is highly flexible to allow occupiers to make it their own home, whilst ensuring good quality space within the compact site plan requirements of the competition brief. The ‘Code 6′ House is now built at the Building Research Establishment’s site as a show home, and BRE monitoring of its’ construction and performance helped inform the Government’s ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ agenda.