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Zero-carbon bungalow construction begins in County Durham

10 December 2012 No Comment

Construction on the UK’s first retirement village of zero carbon bungalows has begun at Middleton St George in County Durham, reports build.co.uk.

The bungalows – which form part of a £9 million scheme at the 100-acre site – will each be fitted with a number of sustainable, environmentally-friendly appliances. This will make them some of the most eco-friendly buildings in the country.

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New builds to become zero carbon properties

Wood-burning stoves, triple-glazed windows, thick insulation, solar thermal panels and electricity-generating PV panels are just some of the objects that hope to turn the bungalows into zero carbon properties.

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In addition, the costs amounted for heating, lighting, cooking and the use of appliances should be outweighed by income from the Feed-in-Tariff, according to the National Home Energy Rating Software. In addition, the expansion of the village is expected to create 45 new jobs and includes designs for ‘an orangery with a café, bar and farm shop’.

To become the most eco-friendly buildings in the country

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Jeremy Walford, managing director of Middleton Hall Retirement Village, commented on the new builds on nebusiness.co.uk:

“One of the worries for older people is paying for increasing energy bills on fixed incomes.”

“The fantastic thing about the bungalows is that buyers know they won’t have costly energy bills to pay and could even make money from the Feed-in-Tariff income,” he added.

Author: Ashley Curtis   Date Written: 10 December 2012

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