Key information

Project: CarbonLight Homes for VELUX Model Homes 2020
Location: Kettering in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, UK
Architects/designers: HTA Design LLP
Client: VELUX Group
Developer: Willmott Dixon


Winner – Daily Telegraph British Homes Award, Innovation Award for Building Technology 2010

Shortlist – RIBA Awards, Regional/National, 2014

Shortlist – Housebuilder Awards – Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative, 2013

Shortlist – Sunday Times British Homes Awards – House of The Future 2013

Shortlist – CarbonLight Homes, Sunday Times British How Awards, 2012


Completed in 2011, the state-of-the-art CarbonLight Homes in Kettering, Northamptonshire, were the first homes designed and built to meet the UK government’s Zero Carbon Standard for Homes.

The VELUX Group envisioned a design that would serve as a model for future housing by offering a comfortable, sustainable living environment that could enhance quality of life. The buildings would ideally reduce energy use, advocate a respect for the environment, and be sympathetic to local aesthetics. It was the first Active House in the UK

The two semi-detached homes offer proof that building energy-efficient, sustainable housing that is a joy to live in is not only possible, but also affordable. The homes use the latest technologies and offer comfortable living environments with indoor climates that have a positive impact on biological rhythms, well-being and performance.

In accordance with core Active House principles, the CarbonLight Homes actively integrate energy, indoor climate and environment in their design. As a result, the homes have succeeded in minimising energy use, increasing a sense of environmental responsibility, and generating a sense of community. And while the design aesthetics harmonise with the homes’ surroundings, they also have an appealing, modern identity of their own.

The project was a collaboration between the VELUX Group, HTA Design, Kettering Borough Council, Willmott Dixon and North Northants Development Company.

More information:

VELUX CarbonLight Homes

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