The Millennium House uses innovative design and construction features in addition to environmental technologies. The intention was to create a showcase for sustainable construction and raise awareness of the possibilities for enviromental design.
The materials chosen for the house represent best practice and include the following:
- a turf roof providing good insulation and a low maintenance alternative to conventional roofing materials
- timber cladding and frame
- solar thermal panels are integrated into the roof to generate hot water for the house
Prefabricated elements were included to minimise environmental impacts:
- off-site fabrication of concrete floor slabs, timber panelling for the super structure minimised waste generated on-site
- bathroom modules originally designed for off shore oil industries were used and were delivered to the site fully completed
Other environmental features include:
- ground source heat pump heating system
- grey water recycling system
- rainwater collection
The project has succeeded in attracting visitors and interest in sustainable house construction. Various features from the Millennium house have now been incorporated in other INTEGER projects.