Franke has lent its support to leading housebuilder Barratt Developments on its unique and flagship zero carbon home concept, the Zed House, by supplying a sink and WDU as part of the home’s sustainable kitchen.
The Zed House, built on University of Salford’s main campus, is the first home in the country to be built by a major housebuilder that goes substantially beyond the Future Homes Standard. Designed and developed to show what is achievable for the housebuilding market in terms of sustainability, the home will test and monitor the most sustainable housing technology available.
Franke provided a Mythos Plus MYX 211-86 stainless-steel sink, which contains 80% recycled materials, as well as a Turbo Elite Slimline TE-75S Waste Disposal Unit that processes organic waste to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. The company was initially approached by Symphony, who has supplied the eco-friendly kitchen furniture for the project.
Chris Gallagher, sales director – key accounts and projects at Franke, said: “At Franke we recognise the importance of sustainability, both within our own business practices and in the products we manufacture, which are designed to support housebuilders with sustainability standards and help end customers be more resource efficient. We were keen to offer our support to the ground-breaking Barratt Zed House project as it aligns with these values and we look forward to seeing the results of this ambitious scheme.”
The Zed House is currently being lived in by Salford University students who are testing and monitoring the sustainable housing technology. This includes an air source heat pump, infrared panels, plaster that eliminates pollutants, a fridge that keeps food fresh for longer, heated skirting boards, air-powered showers, electric vehicle charging points, PV solar panels and battery storage.