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.”
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