Burwell family living in home of the future rent and bill free after winning prize

The concept home.

The concept home. - Credit: Archant

A family from Burwell have been chosen to live rent and bill free for a year in an environmentally friendly home.

Lorna and Dave Rayner moved into the concept home with their two children, Harry and Ebony, in Janua

Lorna and Dave Rayner moved into the concept home with their two children, Harry and Ebony, in January. Lorna and Dave welcomed new arrival, Orla Rose. - Credit: Archant

Housebuilder Hill selected Lorna and Dave Rayner, from Burwell, and their children Harry ,4, Ebony, 1, and their brand new arrival Orla Rose for the home in Trumpington, Cambridge.

The Rayners won a competition to find Cambridge’s sustainable family of the future.

The four-bedroom home aims to reduce carbon emissions. Sustainable features in the home include triple glazing, high levels of insulation, a heat recovery ventilation system, solar panels, rain water harvesting and a green roof.

There are fruit and vegetable planters in the garden so the Rayners can grow their own food.

Lorna and Dave Rayner moved into the concept home with their two children, Harry and Ebony, in Janua

Lorna and Dave Rayner moved into the concept home with their two children, Harry and Ebony, in January. Lorna and Dave welcomed new arrival, Orla Rose. - Credit: Archant


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Mrs Rayner said: “The house is such a contrast from our 1950s bungalow. While we recycle and try to keep our waste to a minimum, zero carbon is a new concept for us, so this experience is a real adventure and we’re very excited to learn more about how we can live a more sustainable lifestyle.”

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