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New eco homes for a greener Sheffield

Some of the greenest houses in Britain have been built by Sheffield Housing Company to provide home buyers with the very best cost benefits of eco living.

Some of the greenest houses in Britain have been built by Sheffield Housing Company to provide home buyers with the very best cost benefits of eco living.

New energy efficient homes could lay the foundations for a greener Sheffield.

The four-bedroom homes, located at the Brearley Forge site, Parson Cross, are four of only 247 zero-carbon properties across the UK.

Sheffield Housing Company, a partnership between housing firm Keepmoat, Great Places Housing Group and Sheffield Council, hope a combination of insulation and solar panels will reduce running costs for buyers.

Project director Tom Fenton said: “This is not a gimmick to build the most energy efficient homes.

“It is about finding the most cost effective way to deliver eco-friendly homes that people on average incomes can afford to buy.”

It is expected the solar panels will be able to generate enough electricity to run the homes, with a potential for homeowners to sell more than £2,000 of energy per year back to the national grid.

Great Places bought one of the carbon neutral homes to monitor energy usage in a bid to shape the future of eco building.

Tom said: “This is an interesting experiment which we hope will shed new light on eco building techniques and costs.”

n Visit www.sheffieldhousingcompany.co.uk, call 0114 203 7129 or email sheffieldhousingcompany@sheffield.gov.uk

 

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