Students Ask Public to Vote for Their House of the Future

Posted 12 April 2017

Students from Hexham Middle School have been helping the team at Trivselhus by Esh design homes of the future and members of the public are now being asked to vote for their favourite designs.

After weeks of research and hard work, twenty four, Year 7 and 8 pupils from the middle school worked in teams to develop their bright ideas before exhibiting their designs in school. Teachers and fellow pupils at the school were then asked to vote for the final three designs to be put forward for the public vote.

Now work from Soam Design, Eco Enterprises and OCE – the three shortlisted teams – have been put on display in the Hexham Gate show home for the public to come and see the students’ innovative ideas on building sustainable homes in the future.

As part of the competition the 11, 12 and 13 year olds visited the housing development at Hexham Gate where Trivselhus by Esh is building 16 sustainable homes in the first development of its kind in the North East.

The students were shown how the unique Swedish built homes are precision manufactured in a factory environment before being erected on site. They were also introduced to some of the energy saving technologies that will ensure our homes remain at the forefront of house building.

While the students’ designs feature some of the existing green technologies being used at Hexham Gate, the youngsters have also let their imaginations flow, incorporating innovative ways to encourage tomorrow’s home owners to reduce their energy consumption.

Paul Freeman-Myers, project lead at Hexham Middle School said: “The students have really absorbed themselves in this project, not only researching existing technologies and incorporating them in to their designs but also considering ways in which we can change the way in which we live to consume less energy.

“The visit to the housing development really whet their appetite to find out more about how we can build houses more sustainably and I have been overwhelmed by the level of effort they have put in to this competition. 

“They have embraced a range of technology to complete this task, creating 3D models and using complex software packages. I am pleased that the three finalists were chosen by the entire school as I would not have been able to choose between them.”

Maureen Williams at Trivselhus by Esh added:

“When we embarked on this project with Hexham Middle School we had no idea that the children would show such enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge.  Some of their ideas are fantastic and definitely provide us with Food for Thought going forward.  Selecting one overall winner from the final three designs will be a difficult task so we are really hoping that the public will help us by casting their votes.

“We are displaying the final three designs, together with the research behind them, at the show home at Hexham Gate until the end of April, so we would encourage people to come down and see for themselves just how we might live in the years to come.”

All three designs are available to view at the show home at Hexham Gate, Corbridge Road where people are being encouraged to vote for their favourite.  

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