New homes with a 100 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions have been unveiled in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The four three-bedroom and one four-bedroom homes in Orchard Road will have triple glazed windows, a waste-water heat recovery system, an air source heat pump to provide hot water and heating and solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.

The five council homes will contribute to the council’s pledge to build 5,000 affordable, and 1,000 council, homes across the borough by 2022.

Leader, Cllr Steven Curran, said: “The council is responding to the impact of coronavirus in a bold and ambitious way, while at the same time stimulating a green recovery that will accelerate our commitment to build a greener borough and support the delivery of our Climate Emergency Action Plan.

“The fact is we need more quality council homes and Orchard Road is an exemplary scheme, in zero carbon design, which can now be used to set a blueprint for the future as we set on our ambitious journey to deliver a good standard of housing for families.”

The proposal goes far beyond many other housing schemes currently being developed in the borough.

Cllr Katherine Dunne, cabinet member for communities and climate emergency, said: “We are an ambitious council and over the last 12 months, in our role as developer, we have explored the implementation of exemplar energy efficient solutions for new council homes that we are building.

“Through this work the council will be delivering hundreds of new homes with very little carbon generated.

“Our current development proposals will provide the council with a blueprint for future proposals as we embrace new technologies and construction methods to make our borough greener.”

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