Two prototype eco homes that have various features to reduce their energy consumption are to be built in Yorkshire.
The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, named after a famous philanthropist, is to build two homes to test out sustainable building technologies.
According to architect Simon Bradbury, the homes will be airtight, insulated to a high standard and will have a southerly orientation.
If the homes prove successful in achieving energy efficiency targets, they could lead to the construction of a 540-home village in Osbaldwick, Yorkshire.
The trust overcame objections fro the local council which feared the new development could overwhelm existing homes.
However, architect Simon Bradbury said: "Our plans are to make sure they compliment homes in the area. We believe it is the first development in the UK where people have tried to design a sustainable building and gone and built it and tested it to see if it meets the requirements.
"It could pave the way for other developments if successful and I believe they will. They are no white elephant - they are cost effective and robust."
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