Work is due to start next week on a pioneering new housing scheme which will transform a Birmingham estate into the greenest development in the city.
The £16 million showcase scheme in Warstock will provide environmentally-friendly and cheap-to-run homes to a mix of social housing residents and private buyers.
The development, which features 116 new high-performance homes, is Birmingham’s first sustainable housing development.
It is being developed by community regeneration agency and social landlord Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) and housing regeneration specialist Lovell.
The scheme’s homes will feature high standards of thermal insulation, wind turbines, solar panels, efficient heating appliances and low energy lighting in the homes as well as in street lighting.
There will also be water butts, external drying facilities, recycling and the provision for home-working.
BCHG chief executive Sandra Spence said: “Birmingham City Council’s vision of sustainable development will be a beacon to other partnership.”
Lovell regional director Chris King said: “We are excited to be a part of this innovative scheme.”