The BBC has obtained information about colin Heal’s future-Proof Home in Wheathampstead, England. His house has 35 solar panels, which generate so much energy that Heal and his wife sell extra energy.
Mr. and Mrs. Heal’s home is entirely electric, and they intend to purchase solar battery storage so that they can use all of their energy. Flooding is a major concern in the surrounding area, but the Heals have avoided it because their home is built on an elevation.
The driveway of their home has gravel, which drains water rather than pulling it, and their green roof reduces rain runoff. Even their back garden serves a purpose: it serves as a soak-way, which is essentially a crate-made tank that collects excess rainwater and slowly drains it into the subsoil.
Pipes beneath the ground connect to a ground source heat pump. This pump extracts heat from the ground and raises it to the temperature required to heat the underfloor and hot water. Heat pumps are far more efficient than boilers, which are typically powered by fossil fuels.
The Heals’ home has a wood-burning stove, which comes in handy during the winter months when temperatures drop below freezing and the heat pump is inefficient. Of course, the stove is beautiful as well.
With increased energy demands, increased flood risks, and changing temperatures, sustainable homes like Mr. Heal’s will become increasingly important.
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has concluded that the United Kingdom is not well prepared for climate change and has issued a stark warning to the country: the risk is only increasing and adaptation action is lagging.
While there have been some changes in terms of climate mitigation and limiting greenhouse gas emissions, experts say there is an increasing need for the world to adapt to more extreme climatic changes.