Eco-homes are becoming affordable for the average home-buyer, giving them the opportunity to save the environment and save money. Eco-communities such as Rackheath in Norwich, BedZED in Surrey and Fairglen in Cornwall have made green living realistic and affordable option for all home buyers.
The Fairglen project is an eco-community of sustainable homes in Hayle, Cornwall which is now moving into Phase 2 of the build. Percy Williams and Sons, the creators behind Fairglen, have been in business for almost a century and wanted to provide for the families of tomorrow, offering a sustainable, green alternative to new builds elsewhere.
Simon Williams reports: “We have found that the 3 bedroom properties have been the most popular, with many families thinking of the long term benefits of near-zero energy bills”.
Although an eco-home will come in at a few thousand pounds more than its resource hungry equivalent, the savings in heating, electricity and water bills will quickly make up the difference.
Green properties like these achieve a near carbon neutral status, with photovoltaic (solar panel) roof systems, high efficiency heat recovery ventilation systems, rainwater recycling, and superior insulation. Hot water is generated by ground-source heat pumps, and the houses are designed with under-floor heating making use of this free heat.
Eco-homes are far from the basic lodgings you might imagine; in fact a major attraction over the ‘traditional’ house is the superior comfort of the living environment which provides an all-year round stable temperature and excellent air quality. Alongside the under-floor heating, large windows and modern architectural design, you may not even realise how green you are until your bills arrive.
For more information please visit http://www.new-homes-cornwall.com
Laura heads up our editorial team here at Hello Eco Living. She's the youngest member of her WI, loves the great outdoors and new adventures!