UK’s Largest Zero Carbon House

Lake House Zero is the largest certified zero carbon home in the UK, probably the world. It has a gross internal area of 15,450sq.ft, due to be completed in 2015,

Designed to the highest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), Lake House Zero sits at the edge of a thirty five acre lake, within 1500 acres of private estate in England’s Lake District. The style is Arts & Crafts and respects the local vernacular of an English Country House. Despite the traditional appearance, new methods of construction have been used. The air-tight fabric is an Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) structure with the exterior dressed in natural stone from a local slate quarry.

Lake House Zero is an excellent example of how a house can be zero carbon and equipped with carbon hungry features such as a comfort cooled gym, cinema room, passenger lift, and a swimming pool – which has a motorised floor that rises to create a large usable floor area.

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Traditional craftwork with local stone and local talent

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Garage with estate office above, amazing views of the private lake

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Roof in progress creating the large sweeping elements of arts and craft style

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The wider estate

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The house visible through the scaffolding from the lake side



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