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The house of the future will have more in common with aircraft and spaceships than the traditional home, and it is therefore fitting to employ the methods of design, production and testing used in those industries.

The scale of need for affordable 'zero carbon' housing is so large that it can only be met within the target 37 year timeframe (by 2050), that the International Panel on Climate Change  - and in the UK the Climate Change Act 2008 - through mass production.

All of the technologies and products in structure, envelope, energy conservation and free ambient energy harvesting are already being mass produced. They simply need to be coordinated and integrated into modular building systems capable of high quality mass production - in their hundreds of thousands - to match that need.

Neither the rate of production, nor the assured standard of performance can be achieved through traditional building methods, and the cost of adding the technologies onto traditionally constructed buildings is very high.

The increased efficiency in production and the benefits of reduction in waste materials, labour and time that can be achieved through assembly line mass production can reduce costs significantly, and it is estimated that ‘zero carbon’ housing can be produced at less cost than traditionally built housing.

There is also the potential for upgrading of existing residential developments benefitting from the production and installation of ‘upgrade kits’ based on the utilization of over-cladding panels and service pods -  also mass produced.

There would be a double benefit from increased production in the reduction in running costs of free ambient energy systems both removing the cause of fuel poverty and GAG emissions – and furthermore reducing the need to replace aging fossil fuel burning energy plant.

Each housing development would be its own energy supplier – and the potential for greater viability can be achieved with holistic user developments, where one users waste becomes an others resource – as already demonstrated at with the symbiotic industrial towns of Kalunbuorg in Denmark and numerous towns in Japan and the NASA Sustainability Base, where innovations originally engineered for space travel and exploration have been integrated to a working office space using only free renewable energy and water in a closed loop  as in a spaceship.

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