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The Future Home @ The University of Salford

The Future Home - Salford University

Bellway has laid the foundations for the future by building an experimental new eco home – The Future Home @ The University of Salford.

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The Future Home

Testing for the better

Designed, built and tested to be better for the people who live there and better for the environment, this ground-breaking research is part of the The University of Salford @ Energy House 2.0 Project, in partnership with The University of Salford and others – and will strongly influence how we use our homes in the future.

Bellway’s dedicated testing facility, The Future Home, is located within the Energy House 2.0 research facility at The University of Salford. Construction began early in 2022 and the official launch took place in January 2023.

Testing will begin in the spring and carry on into 2024. Data will be collected and analysed by experts from Bellway and The University of Salford.

A variety of building materials and green technologies will be used in the design and construction of The Future Home to help identify best practices when it comes to:

  • Storing solar energy at home
  • Recovering heat from wastewater
  • Placement and maximisation of air source heat pumps
  • Other carbon-reducing technologies
  • Testing different heating systems as we move away from reliance on fossil fuel technologies

Halfway through the project, the house will be retrofitted to offer a unique opportunity to measure the difference in energy efficiency between double and triple glazing on windows, and ceiling- and wall-mounted infrared radiators versus underfloor heating.

Throughout testing, The Future Home will be exposed to temperatures as high as 40°C and low as -20°C with the recreation of wind, snow, solar radiation and other weather conditions. The facility has the capability to replicate over 95 per cent of the world’s climatic conditions, ranging from the normal to the extreme.

Jamie Bursnell, Group Technical and Innovations Manager for Bellway, said: “The results of this project have the potential to change how we build homes – and how we live in them.

How will the The Future Home be tested?


Many of the technologies being tested are due to be in common use by 2026 so testing them now will allow to reduce carbon emissions by building more efficient homes even earlier.


The research facility will contain two environmental chambers that will accommodate four houses and has the ability to replicate over 95% of the world’s climatic conditions.


The house will be tested in temperatures as high as 40°C and as low as -20°C. Weather conditions including wind, snow and solar radiation will be created in the chamber.

Targets set for the better

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Energy-efficient homes

Many of the technologies being tested are due to be in common use by 2026 and will pave the way for Bellway’s ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions by building more efficient homes.

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Helping our customers reduce their energy costs

The Future Home research will produce reliable data that can help Bellway test the theoretical and real performance of different energy methods, finding out how different habits impact energy consumption and retention.

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Reducing emissions

The end goal for Bellway is clear: trusted guidance for building energy-efficient homes, reducing emissions and supporting local communities and environments.

Bellway works for the better

With over 75 years of expertise in housebuilding, Bellway is well-placed to take a lead as the construction and property industries explore how to address climate change, the cost of living, fuel poverty and other pressing issues.

Bellway is dedicated to the continual evolution of both its homes and its business practices. As part of a long-term commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices, through its sustainability strategy Better with Bellway.

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Partnering for the better

Bellway is proud to work alongside a team of researchers, suppliers and subcontractors in the energy, construction and property sectors.

This project wouldn’t be possible without the University of Salford’s net-zero research facility. Energy House 2.0 has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and has world-leading capabilities.

  • Energy House 2.0
    Energy House 2.0
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  • University of Salford Manchester
    University of Salford Manchester

    Bellway started work building The Future Home in spring 2022 and the research project will officially start in 2023. From then, data on energy efficiency will be collected and analysed by university experts.

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  • EUROPEAN UNION - European Regional Development Fund
    EUROPEAN UNION - European Regional Development Fund

    The Energy House 2.0 project is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Office for Students.

    The project is receiving up to £8,244,403 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.

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Suppliers and Subcontractors

Bellway has carefully selected a group of key suppliers, consultants and subcontractors to work with on The Future Home. Whether providing the latest products and materials, specialist services or invaluable insight, each is crucial to the success of the tests.

Key Suppliers

We carefully selected the suppliers we work with.

In partnership with

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Saint Gobain Wondrwall Mira Showers
Panasonic Honeywell Titon

Full list of companies we work with

Suppliers (cont.)
  • Groundworks - Eurogold
  • Brickwork - J Walker
  • Scaffolding - Rose Scaffold
  • Roofing - Protec Roofing
  • Joinery - Kandal Joinery
  • Plumbing & Heating - MB Heating
  • Plastering - Preston Dryliners
  • Insulation - AM Insulation
  • Electrical - BS Entwistle
  • Kitchens - Symphony
  • Screeding - JCW Floor Screeding
  • Rendering - Colorend
  • Wardrobes - Symphony
  • Painting - R Smalley
  • Wall Tiling - Profile Tiling
  • Cleaning - Sparkle Cleaning Company
  • Mastic - SK Sealants

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