Inside the 'Big Brother' house experiment designed to move us towards zero carbon living

A fake snow-covered newbuild home inside the black box energy house project
The £16 million project will use a snow machine to simulate certain weather conditions (Image credit: Saint-Gobain Ltd)

A pioneering facility designed to help develop even more energy-efficient homes has been opened by the University of Salford.

Energy House 2.0 is a pair of climate-controlled chambers containing two detached houses built with the aid of developers Bellway Homes and Barratt Developments, as well as construction manufacturer Saint-Gobain, at the university’s Frederick Road Campus in Salford.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.