Building has begun on more than 40 energy efficient houses at a former swimming pool site in Cumbria.
Costing £6 million and due to be ready in 2015, developers say the homes for rent at Grange-over-Sands will bag a level three in the Code for Sustainable Homes based on the building fabrics alone. The national green building code has a 1-6 star rating.
Traditional building materials for the homes will be low or zero carbon materials such as natural slate, stone elevations and a timber frame.
Houses will be highly insulated and fitted with solar photovoltaic tiles to generate electricity for tenants. The tiles are being used as opposed to solar panels because the scheme is in a conservation area.
Other energy-efficient features include A-rated low NOx gas boilers and energy display devices.
Two Castles Housing Association and Esh Property Services said the homes are needed because more than 3,000 people are currently looking for places to rent in South Lakeland.
Rob Brittain, Property Services Director at Two Castles Housing Association said: “We are delighted that this particular scheme will regenerate a former brownfield site for the benefit of the local area. Not only will the development help to create local jobs in construction, it will also be a sustainable home for the future – keeping energy costs down for tenants.”