Symphony Group Partners with Barratt Developments to Create First Zero Carbon Home Concept from a Major Housebuilder @symphonygroup

Symphony Group, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture is delighted to have partnered with leading housebuilder Barratt Developments on its unique flagship zero carbon home concept called the Z House. The Z House will be the first new home in the country built by a major housebuilder to go beyond the new Future Homes Standard[1] by delivering a carbon reduction of 125%[2]. It will be occupied and monitored over time to assess its performance.

The Z House has been developed to showcase what could be achievable for the mainstream, volume housebuilder and is a realistic example of how the future of housebuilding may look in 10-20 years. As 2021 heralds Symphony Group’s 50th anniversary, with that comes a constantly evolving and improving position of sustainability in everything the brand does (full list of Symphony Group’s eco credentials below). Symphony Group and Barratt Developments share a drive for setting standards in sustainability and leading the industry by best practice example. 

Barratt Z House kitchen featuring Symphony Group’s Urban range in Grey Walnut

Barratt challenged its supply chain partners to bring-in the most cutting-edge products into the house to reduce its embodied carbon and the Symphony Group delivered. The kitchen specified for this project is the Urban range in Grey Walnut, the door and drawer fronts on this range are made using 100% recycled chipboard whilst the handles contain renewable coconut fibre. In addition, the kitchen cabinets are made from 49% recycled board and the cutlery trays and drawer storage are all Hemp and Kenaf based. 

The Z House is constructed using closed panel timber framed with highly insulated cladding and includes essential sustainable technology such as EV charging points, PV solar panels and battery storage. Inside, the house features electronic taps that can reduce water usage by 80%, a smart electricity tariff which automatically shifts energy usage to access the cheapest rates and a carbon neutral work surface from the Sunlit days collection from Silestone® by Cosentino – the first carbon neutral quartz surface range in the engineered stone industry. 

EV charging point feature at The Barratt Z House

The Z House is located on the main campus at the University of Salford and will contain a dedicated knowledge hub built into the garage to display products, technologies and results of the house so far. 

Robert Newton, Marketing Manager at Symphony Group, said: “The Z House is a first within the Housebuilder industry and with a history of firsts, here at Symphony we are delighted to have partnered with Barratt Developments to make this concept into a reality. We will always champion sustainable practice within the industry and are looking forward to reviewing the performance of the new house in the coming months.”

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