Property developer Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new sustainable housing design concept which it claims outperforms traditional terraced housing by cutting carbon emissions by 19 per cent and will enable homeowners to radically cut their energy use.
The new Urban House design, formally unveiled last week, resembles that of a conventional terraced house but utilises modern methods of construction which minimises energy, waste and noise according to Berkely.
The urban house is built to outperform standard housing, cutting up to 25 per cent off utility bills through the use of innovative building materials and enabling residents to save over 80 per cent on gas and 30 per cent on water bills.
The design maximises usable space and is built to be efficient to run. The three-story Urban House features electric car charging points, cycle storage and includes a private roof garden instead of a back garden, allowing it to build twice as many homes on a single site.
The first homes have already been built at Kidbrooke Village, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are under construction at Green Park Village in Reading.
Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley said: “The Urban House has light, space and character. It offers you a home that is flexible, economical and beautifully designed. I think it will help us build the types of home that people love at the kind of densities that could solve the housing crisis.
“It restores a great British tradition of building high-density communities that genuinely work as places to live, where neighbours are friends and people look out for each other.”
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