Eco home is vision of future

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A FIRM of architects from Sheffield is hoping to set housing standards for the future with its idea of what “tomorrow’s townhouse” should look like.

Grayscale Architecture + Design has built upon British home owners’ love affair with the traditional Georgian townhouse and added a series of eco-friendly features, along with a contemporary interior design.

The innovative design has won its way through to the finals of the British Homes Awards, but, if it is to secure success against the big names who have also reached the finals, it will need to win the votes of the British public.

Grayscale director Paul Gray says the company’s Ecowrap design is an evolution, rather than a revolution, and seeks to retain the high ceilings and large windows that fill rooms with light, while creating interiors that fit in with modern lifestyles and boasting “a sustainable conscience.”

The Abbeydale Road firm has aimed to make the front of its townhouse reflect what it sees as “the elegance of the 18th and 19th century terraces,” while the rear features a prefabricated steel and glass hood which would allow home owners to “plug in” the eco-friendly features they want and can afford.

Paul Gray says the hood could incorporate solar cells to generate electricity or capture heat and rain water collection.

Finalists for the competition were chosen by the Royal Institution of British Architects and members of the public can vote for their favourite scheme by visiting www.telegraph.co.uk/britishhomesawards today or tomorrow.