12:58 PM, 20th June 2011, About 13 years ago
The first few from a series of eco-friendly homes have been unveiled in Kettering after being commissioned by LHA-ASRA. The eight homes are the first of 18 being built on unused allotment land provided by the Kettering Borough Council to be completed.
The two and three bedroom houses meet Level Five of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes due to the many uses of eco-technology from photovoltaic solar panels to simple good insulation.
The homes also feature a rain-harvesting system which stores rainwater to be used by the inhabitants as well as recycling and composting facilities.
Andy Dowding from Franklin Ellis Architects, the company who designed the homes explained some of the concept – “Installation of the photovoltaic panels provide residents with subsidised electricity and the level of roof and wall insulation will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.”
The area the homes have been built in has also installed bug boxes and bird boxes, as well as a reptile refuge in the brook close-by.
Richard Cornes of William Davis, the company behind the construction, was pleased with the outcome- “The development of sustainable homes is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and the new houses on Whiteford Drive are a fine example of eco-efficient construction in the affordable housing arena.
“Together with LHA-ASRA and all the partners involved in this project, we have produced a scheme that everyone can be extremely proud of and proves that incorporating ‘green solutions’ need not impinge on modern family living.”
The remaining ten houses are set to be finished by the end of July.