In a £7.5 million ground-breaking development at Primrose Hill, part funded by a £3 million Housing Corporation Grant, buildings made using renewable timber and recycled building materials have been constructed.
These were sourced from local suppliers, keeping carbon emissions to a minimum, while it also includes the UKs largest installation of solar power, which will provide residents with free and environmentally friendly electricity and hot water.
YHG project manager Jimm Reed said: The most exciting thing about the homes at Primrose Hill is their sustainability. We have all heard about climate change, and everybody knows how expensive gas and electricity is becoming. With this in mind, the new homes at Ridge Street and Ridge Close are designed to have minimum impact on the environment and to be as energy efficient as possible.
We looked at lots of ways to recycle and use ecological friendly components. The homes are extremely well insulated to help conserve precious heat in the winter months and the large solar panels on the roofs will provide free electricity and hot water for residents to help keep fuel bills down.
The development has also achieved very good and excellent status as part of the national Eco-homes standards, making it one of the best examples of sustainable living in the UK.