Prototype eco homes to be built

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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