Sustainable homes

8:00am Tuesday 5th February 2013

ONE of the UK’s first sustainable housing schemes of affordable new homes is to be built near Evesham.

The scheme at Blakes Hill by Rooftop Housing is intended to provide a new legacy in sustainable social housing with each property built to the highest energy and efficiency standards.

Currently, all affordable housing must meet Code for Sustainable Homes level three, but these new homes will reach level six, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions and minimising energy consumption, resulting in carbon zero housing with lower bills and less waste to the occupants.

Matt Brown, living division manager at construction firm Speller Metcalfe, said: “While we have built award-winning social housing and Code level six homes in the past, this is the first time those two ideals have come together.

“The UK is in the midst of a housing shortage but it is refreshing to acknowledge the Government’s commitment to a sustainable future, rather than just building to meet numbers.”

Work will begin on site in March.

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