PLANNING NEWS: PARA 79E CONSENT ACHIEVED FOR OFF-GRID HYDROGEN HOUSE IN DEVON – A EUROPEAN FIRST IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FOR A SINGLE HOUSE

SANDY FISHPOOL

PLANNING NEWS: PARA 79E CONSENT ACHIEVED FOR OFF-GRID HYDROGEN HOUSE IN DEVON - A EUROPEAN FIRST IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FOR A SINGLE HOUSE

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We are delighted to announce our latest Para 79e consent at the Autarkic House project in Devon, in collaboration with architects, Studio Exe.

The project is understood to be the first of its kind in the UK and even Europe. A fully off grid solar-hydrogen powered single dwelling. There are no connections to the national sources of power, gas, water or waste. It is entirely self-sufficient and is therefore titled the Autarkic House.

The site is in a historic registered park and garden constrained area overlooking a valley landscape. The design has the form of an attractive, contemporary barn structure, although its uniqueness is in its innovative engineering strategy.

We are so excited to have been part of this significant achievement and delighted for the applicants. The process has been challenging and achieving consent through innovation is always a big accomplishment.

The technologies applied on this project are something that align with the growing popularity and focus on the importance of responsible and sustainable building design and the project has the potential to be a forerunner for the way in which houses could be powered in the future.
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