Almost 200 new properties are to be built according to Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The construction of the 195 zero carbon homes will be undertaken by Barratt Developments Plc and has been given the go-ahead by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
They will be located at Hanham Hall as part of an eco-village planned in the South Gloucestershire region and will be built completely out of energy efficient materials.
Robert Napier, chairman of the HCA, said: "As one of the HCA's flagship schemes, this is about testing the highest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes and looking at innovative ways to achieve true sustainability.
"This will be the first large scale development in the country to be built to this high standard, demonstrating that while Level 6 is a challenge, it is one we must achieve if we are to prevent the impact of climate change and dwindling natural resources."
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