North Somerset gets first zero carbon homes
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Artist's impression of the zero carbon homes
Alliance Homes has been given planning permissions to build the first zero carbon homes in North Somerset. The two, three-bedroom homes will be built in Portishead and will offer tenants low-cost, carbon-neutral living.
The high levels of energy efficiency are achieved through a combination of a well-insulated structure built from sustainable materials, efficient heating and lighting, and solar panels.
In simple terms, a zero carbon home produces more energy than it uses. Building these homes strengthens Alliance Homes' vision to improve their tenants' quality of life and reduce the running costs and environmental impact of their homes.
The homes will be built on a redundant garage site and work is due to start during the summer with completion in early 2013.
The homes were designed by a local company, Raj Architects, alongside a team of specialist consultants and the Alliance Homes development team.
This project is part of the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) national affordable housing programme and is delivered through the local Key West Consortium in partnership with North Somerset Council.