Sci-fi homes a reality in Stevenage

Two futuristic eco-friendly housing projects have opened in a town and will form the basis of a doctoral thesis into green living.

The eight affordable family homes built on two former council owned sites at Cotney Croft and Peartree Way in Stevenage feature sustainable construction, high levels of insulation, solar energy roof tiles and make use of rainwater to cut mains consumption.

The development is so cutting edge it will form part of a doctoral thesis on green homes by a researcher at Anglia Ruskin University.

As well as the keys to their new sci-fi homes the new residents also received an instructional DVD explaining how to get the most out of the technology to reduce bills.

Charis Ahmed project leader at Home Group, who were chosen by the borough council to develop the sites, said he was “extremely proud” of the homes.

“It’s fantastic that local people have now moved into their new homes and their experiences and feedback will be contributing to international academic research.

“The work of all our partners to build to the highest environmental credentials reflects our mutual determination and commitment to help our customers reduce their energy and water consumption and household bills”

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Ann Webb, council housing portfolio holder, said the new homes, which have already won an International Green Apple Award, are a landmark for sustainable housing design and a “prestigious and innovative addition” to the town.

“The research being undertaken into the homes over the next two years is sure to inform future developments and will undoubtedly reap many further benefits,” she said.