Luxury Cornish eco holiday retreat, Little White Alice, has been chosen by BRE (The Building Research Establishment) and Cardiff University as the UK base for a new energy-focused research project.
The outcome of The Estate Energy Optimisation (EEO) project will be the design and production of an automated control system, which will enable green energy used across different buildings on a site to be optimised.
Discrete environmental monitoring equipment has been installed on Little White Alice’s site, in Carmenellis near Falmouth, and will now begin collecting data about how the holiday properties currently consume energy.
From this information, energy management systems will be developed by BRE to control electricity use more efficiently in homes and businesses.
Little White Alice is currently the only test site in the UK for the research project, which is borne out of a bigger European wide energy project – scaled down by BRE in order to fit with the domestic market.
Rosie Hadden, owner of Little White Alice, said: “We are thrilled to be involved in this groundbreaking project. Our aim when we set up Little White Alice was for the holiday cottages to use less energy, but also to find a way of conserving the energy we produce, so that we eventually fulfil all of our energy needs from renewable systems on site.
“To be chosen as the only UK test site currently being used is a fantastic achievement and we are pleased that Little White Alice will help to have an impact on energy conservation across Europe.”