Brixton development showcases green building

A recently-completed London housing development shows how green homes could become the mainstream - without forcing any major lifestyle changes on their residents.

Built by Metropolitan Housing Trust, Angela Carter Close off Brixton High Road is made up of nine family homes and three flats, all of which have achieved the Excellent standard under the Eco Homes initiative.

The timber-frame buildings - using FSC accredited wood, of course - have a number of green features.

Five of the nine homes have been fitted with solar thermal panels providing residents with heating and hot water while each property has storage space for recycling along with a large external storage area for push bikes.

The construction process also includes sustainable building techniques such as filling the large cavity walls with recycled newspaper insulation, low flush toilets, water flow restrictors on taps and a giant water butt in each garden.

Andy Cox, senior project manager for the development said: "With the right tools and amenities and the opportunity to live in a home built around sustainable principles, people will become more environmentally aware.

"The aim of Angela Carter Close is to encourage and support residents to become more engaged in sustainability. Sustainability is something that we are wholeheartedly committed to."

A spokesman for the residents said: "Since moving into our new home we've become more environmentally aware. We recycle more because we're able to use the compost bin and recycling storage areas. We're able to save water by using the rain collected in the water butt on our garden.''

Sam Bond



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