Etopia partners Samsung for eco-homes

Eco homes developer Etopia is partnering with Samsung to collaborate on concepts for the ‘homes of the future’.

Under the terms of the strategic partnership, Etopia will assist Samsung in assessing and testing it technology in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) houses, while Etopia will install the South Korean electronics giant’s appliances and heat pumps in its developments.

The aim is to set a benchmark for the integration of technology into the built environment to support climate change and zero carbon targets.

Etopia is already pioneering the combined use of solar roof slates, its panel building system and ESmart home system - an Internet of Things (IoT) device - to create advanced eco homes.

The house building company is therefore looking to position itself as an EcoTech company specialising in energy, construction and intelligent technologies, hoping that its integrated technology approach can apply equally to building schools, homes and commercial properties.

Its pilot scheme of eco homes at The Avenue in Priors Hall Park, Corby, Northamptonshire, is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) ‘Building for 2050’ project.

Etopia’s system can also be scaled easily around the world, with local teams of workers able to be trained to erect its buildings quickly and safely. The company has already deployed an energy positive, shanty-replacement home in Namibia.

Francis Chun, president and chief executive of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, commented: "Across everything we do, our efforts aim to be in harmony with our planet, and this partnership sets out to do exactly that - we are proud to be taking a step into this field and are delighted to be working with Etopia to help build a better future.”

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