North-east development to build zero carbon homes
- Published on Friday, 14 January 2011 09:44
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The first zero carbon homes to be built in Redcar and Cleveland in the north-east are to go aheadFour properties in a 26-home development project in the area will aim to reach Level Six of the Code for Sustainable Homes, while the rest will achieve Level Four of the code.
It is hoped that through large amounts of insulation, triple glazing and solar photovoltaic roof panels, residents of the private, shared ownership and rental properties will save around £1,000 on energy bills.
Sunderland developer Gentoo will lead construction of the £3.5 million Eco Village on the South Bank using £936,000 worth of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and £740,000 from Redcar and Cleveland Council's capital programme.
Speaking to the GazetteLive.co.uk, Wendi Wheeler, energy manager at the council, said: "The scheme could actually turn out to be carbon negative, but that will depend on how the buildings are used by the tenants.
"It's a flagship scheme and we're hoping it can be used as an example of best practice and others will follow."