Rothwell eco-home couple to describe green living at Grand Designs Live

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A couple who are spending a year living in a ‘low carbon’ home in Rothwell are to take to the stage at Grand Designs Live at Birmingham’s NEC.

Andrew and Shona Carse, one of two test families taking part in Velux’s CarbonLight Homes experiment, will be in the hot seat on the Grand Theatre stage from 2.15pm on Saturday, October 5, speaking to host Aidan Walker about what it’s like living in the CarbonLight home and how they got involved in the 12 month study conducted by Velux.

The two carbon neutral houses in Horse Friar Lane include windows which automatically open or close depending on the weather outside.

Light pours through the windows during the day, meaning that no artificial light is needed.

The homes also possess a self-heating mechanism, using heat from warmer parts of the house like the kitchen and distributing it throughout.

The Carses will be joined by Velux design and sustainability manager Paul Hicks who will be on hand to talk about technical features of the homes and provide an overview of the project’s pioneering design concepts.

Mr Hicks said: “We’re hugely proud to be returning to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham this year and to have the opportunity for the Carse family to take part in the show. With the experiment well under way, Grand Designs is the perfect platform for the family to reveal their thoughts on the homes and more generally on how innovative design can be put into practice to create inspirational low carbon homes which help forge a wholly healthy and sustainable lifestyle”.